Michael Kruse, Times Staff Writer

Michael Kruse

Michael Kruse, winner of the Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism and the American Society of News Editors' distinguished nondeadline writing award, is a staff writer on the enterprise team at the Tampa Bay Times. His three-part series in 2013, The Last Voyage of the Bounty, won a Green Eyeshade Award and a Gold Medal from the Florida Society of News Editors and was a finalist for ASNE's Punch Sulzberger Award for Online Storytelling, and his story about a woman who disappeared inside her home was anthologized in Next Wave: America's New Generation of Great Literary Journalists. In 2012 he gave a TEDx talk on the importance of story. His work has been recognized, too, by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society for Features Journalism, the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Headliner Awards and the Magazine Association of the Southeast, and in categories ranging from sports explanatory to business reporting, from short features to long profiles. Before the Times, he worked at the Times Herald-Record in New York's Hudson Valley, where he covered two towns and Major League Baseball and was the paper's writer at large. He is the author of Taking the Shot: The Davidson Basketball Moment and has written for Grantland, ESPN.com, Yahoo! Sports and Outside, Our State, Charlotte, Parade and Men's Health magazines, and Harvard's Nieman Storyboard. Kruse, 36, was born outside Los Angeles and raised outside Boston and is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina. He lives in St. Petersburg with his family.

Phone: (727) 893-8751

Email: mkruse@tampabay.com

Twitter: @MichaelKruse

  1. You now can read for free Rick Bragg's ode to grouper sandwiches


    I posted about this not once but twice a while back and just noticed the piece is available in full in digital bits. Click and read:...

  2. In defense of Orlando


    Saw this thanks to Lynn Waddell and I'm passing it along because I think there's a lot of truth here. I'd actually say the juxtaposition of so much that's real and so much that's not is exactly what makes Orlando the most important and interesting city in America's most important and interesting state....

  3. St. Pete too


    This is St. Pete. This is St. Pete. This is St. Pete. Also?...

  4. The Times says Rick Scott should do something about climate change


    The lead editorial in this morning's paper:

    Gov. Rick Scott gets credit for listening this week to climate scientists from Eckerd College, Florida State University and elsewhere describe the ways humans are affecting climate change, the impact of global warming on the state and how government can respond. That is more than other skeptics have done, and the Florida Cabinet and the Legislature could use an expert tutorial as well. Now the governor should take the next step and develop a comprehensive approach to addressing an issue that will dramatically affect Florida's future....

    No excuses now.
  5. The letter to the editor of the day? L.E. Brinkley of St. Pete


    Poverty is the problem:

    The news that five of St. Petersburg's elementary schools are among the worst in Florida brings the usual hand-wringing from the Times, while the superintendent assures us of his plans for "intervention." Anyone who has been following this story has seen it all before: the failing schools, the unrelenting "achievement gap," the cries for reform and the merry-go-round of failed "leadership." Next comes the threat of lawsuits, but none of this will matter....

  6. See how the cops in the riots in St. Pete back in '96 weren't dressed like soldiers?


    Some say Ferguson has reminded them of St. Pete, back in '96, when nearly 200 city blocks erupted in outrage over the shooting death of an 18-year-old black man by a white police officer, Katie Mettler wrote in today's paper. Protests. Fires. Tear gas. The National Guard. A statement from the White House. The nation watching. Just like Ferguson....

    The Sunshine City 18 years ago.
  7. Florida's 'bitter, brooding reality'


    Stephen Goldstein's Context Florida column I linked to earlier mentioned a dispiriting report from the Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy called "The Condition of Florida by the Numbers." So I of course went and read it. Some of what I underlined?...

  8. Ferguson has happened in Florida and it'll happen again


    Why? Here's Fort Lauderdale's Stephen Goldstein on Context Florida:

    Florida remains two states, "separate and unequal" — a cauldron of social conflict ready to explode at the slightest provocation, at any moment.

    The first Florida is a cynical myth, the stuff of marketing brochures, a developers' conspiracy of enticing fiction to make their cash registers ring — the American Dream come true for retirees claiming "the good life," a vacationers' paradise from Disney World to Key West, an investment haven for the foreign mega-rich, a business-friendly climate for CEOs who relish playing golf and/or tennis between board meetings and not paying income taxes, the ultimate vitamin D-enriched environment in which to raise a family....

  9. Less than 1 in 5 high school students in Florida who took the ACT are totally ready for college


    Says here 53 percent are ready in English, 38 percent are ready in reading, 33 percent are ready in math, 27 percent are ready in science, and 19 percent are ready in all four subjects. All of those figures are of course worse than the respective national averages. Related....

  10. Rick Scott met with climate scientists for half an hour and it went about how everybody thought it would go


    Some of what the five scientists told the governor in yesterday's meeting, according to reporters from Reuters, from the newspapers in Naples, Orlando, St. Pete and Miami, and from NBC 6 in Miami and WFSU in Tallahassee:...

    He asked one of the scientists if he had moved here from California for lower taxes.
  11. Allowing gay people to get married would be good for Florida's economy too


    The people in Florida fighting same-sex marriage are going to lose. Arc of the moral universe and whatnot....

  12. Esquire: The 'true home' of the Cuban sandwich is Miami


    I couldn't help but red-pen underline these words in the spread labeled "The United States of Sandwiches" in the September Esquire: Transported originally from Cuba to Tampa to feed cigar-factory workers, the Cubano found its true home in Miami, where the salty, sweet sandwich is an essential part of the late-night landscape.

    The good, smart people who put together the top-tier men's mag do know they're wading straight into something of a perma-squabble, right?...

    See the map?
  13. Most people in Florida would support a tax hike to deal with invasive species


    Just yesterday I was reading about Cuban tree frogs. Did you know they're basically on their way to eating all the Floridian frogs? And they don't get nearly as much ink as the pythons or the lionfish or even the tegus....

  14. Just want to make sure you read John Romano's column in this morning's paper


    Today on 1B:

    A new analysis released by the nation's largest philanthropic health organization suggests that Medicaid expansion not only provides increased health care for the needy, but it actually saves money for states that have embraced the concept....