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 SB Nation Longform, 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. Florida's a dangerous place


    No. 1 for highest risk of property damage loss from natural hazards!

    Florida ranks as the U.S. state with the highest level of risk exposure to multiple natural hazards, according to new data released Thursday by CoreLogic.

    CoreLogic's rankings were based on data derived from nine natural hazards: flood, wildfire, tornado, storm surge, earthquake, straight-line wind, hurricane wind, hail and sinkhole. Each state was assigned a score ranging from 0 to 100 based on the level of composite risk exposure....

  2. My 'WTF Florida name' is Corkscrew Deli Bourbon


    At least according to the Miami New Times' "handy chart." Obviously, sometimes I just play along, because I'm not totally unfun.

  3. Dolphin Tale 2!


    Whenever I think about Winter the dolphin, I think about John Barry, who back in 2008 wrote the Times' four-part series about Winter, which went on to be a Pulitzer finalist. And so I'm thinking about John this morning. Today, according to Mike Brassfield here on 1A, is the date of the release of the (first) film sequel....

  4. Don't even think about breeding lionfish


    That's the latest in this fight. Here are a dozen things worth knowing about the pythons of the sea around America's soft underbelly when it comes to invasives....

    This is a lionfish.
  5. The most important invention in the history of Florida?


    Thomas Edison — longtime Fort Myers resident! — is on the list of the six Florida inventors who were inducted Wednesday evening into the new Florida Inventors Hall of Fame, and Robert "Gatorade" Cade, too. But so is John Gorrie....

    Dr. John Gorrie pointing at the first air conditioner.
  6. Maybe more people would go to USF's football games if the team had an expensive new on-campus stadium (or maybe not)


    From Joey Knight's USF sports notebook in today's Times:

    As attendance at Bulls football games dips and clamor for a Fowler Avenue-friendly stadium rises, Taggart mostly has remained outside the discourse. But during his weekly news conference Tuesday, he indicated he wouldn't mind an on-campus site if one ever materialized....

  7. The death of Joe Weeks and his hardware store, Brooksville's last link to a different era, a different way of life


    I was sad to see the subject of Andy Meacham's Epilogue in this morning's paper.

    Monday through Saturday at 9 a.m., Joe Weeks unlocked the tall wooden door of Weeks Hardware, the store his family has owned since before he was born.

    The former warehouse stands a block north of the courthouse and was once the beating heart of Brooksville....

  8. Seven former Florida Supreme Court justices: Medical marijuana is a bad idea and here's why


    The op-ed in today's Times:

    As former Florida Supreme Court justices, we once took an oath to protect the Constitution of the state of Florida. Today, we call on all Floridians to protect it by voting no on Amendment 2. This amendment, promoted as a compassionate effort to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, should be rejected — regardless of one's position on the issue of medical marijuana....

  9. Experts not surprised as Janay Rice defends Ray Rice


    "I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it's reality is a nightmare itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted (opinions) from the public has caused my family," said the woman who was punched unconscious by the semifamous football player, then her fiance, now her husband....

    Ray Rice, right, pauses during a news conference at the Ravens training center in Owings Mills, Md., in May. His wife, Janay, is at left. [Getty Images]
  10. The president of Ringling in Sarasota says art college is worth it


    Larry R. Thompson in today's Times:

    With tuition costs rising, are private art colleges a good investment?

    I'm asked this question all the time. And I'm delighted to answer it.

    Last year, the Wall Street Journal published an article decrying art and design schools for racking up high student debt, calling diplomas earned at such institutions "degrees drawn in red ink." They cited the average debt load of graduates of our institution, Ringling College of Art and Design, at $37,500....

  11. I recently re-read John McPhee's Oranges


    Something I underlined in the book first published in 1967:

    The history of Florida is measured in freezes. Severe ones, for example, occurred in 1747, 1766, and 1774. The freeze of February, 1835, was probably the worst one in the state's history. But, because more growers were affected, the Great Freeze of 1895 seems to enjoy the same sort of status in Florida that the Blizzard of '88 once held in the North. Temperatures on the Ridge on February 8, 1895, went into the teens for much of the night. It is said that some orange growers, on being told what was happening out in the groves, got up from their dinner tables and left the state. In the morning, it was apparent that the Florida citrus industry had been virtually wiped out. The groves around Keystone City, in Polk County, however, went through the freeze of 1895 without damage. Slightly higher than anything around it and studded with sizable lakes, Keystone City became famous, and people from all over the Ridge came to marvel at this Garden of Eden in the middle of the new wasteland. The citizens of Keystone City changed the name of their town to Frostproof....

    Iconic fruit.
  12. One of the WHYs of 'Weird Florida'


    I wrote what I wrote. A major factor for the number of incidents in the state that can be filed under Weird, Bizarre, WTF and the like, according to Craig Pittman, committed compiler on his Twitter timeline of "Oh Florida!" occurrences: Florida ranks 49th when it comes to mental-health funding. Remember Sandra Suarez? No? Here.

  13. Eating like you actually live in Florida and aren't just visiting


    Like I said earlier today, Florida is Outback and Olive Garden and Hooters, yes, no question, but also just as definitively ...


    Here's part of Laura Reiley's review:...

  14. Lane DeGregory, Melissa Lyttle and the raccoon on the road near Pahokee


    Lane in Floridian in yesterday's paper:

    The road to Pahokee is long and lonely: 38 miles around the southeast shore of Lake Okeechobee. During most of the drive, you can't see the state's largest lake. Just a towering cement wall, rimmed by old fish camps. And on the other side, endless acres of palmettos. You often go for miles without seeing a soul....

    Watch out!
  15. Thoughts on 'Weird Florida,' 'Bizarre Florida,' 'WTF Florida,' 'FloriDUH,' and so on and so forth


    I guess my hang-up with it is that at least in some circles it's become such a central part of the identity of the state — even though it tells me so little about it.

    It tells me Florida's big, in area and population.

    It tells me Florida's got pretty reliable, pretty well-staffed newspapers, still, which are buoyed by relatively easy access to public records....

    Interesting. Important.