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 recent three-part series, The Last Voyage of the Bounty, 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 joining 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 Parade, Charlotte, Our State 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. Sunshine


    Hello there finally. It's Thursday, April 24, 2014, and it's one of those days when I feel like I don't really have that much to say -- sorry -- except maybe this: Charter schools continue to be problematic, crime keeps going down even though most folks think the world is getting perpetually more dangerous, and the obsession with strangers who make their livings on screens obviously is not only an American affliction. And selfies should be snuffed out....

  2. 'Orlando mice, Miami Vice and Tampa nice'


    The AP's Tamara Lush:

    The so-called Bollywood Oscars have been held in Macau, Singapore, London — and now, Tampa?

    Starting Wednesday, hundreds of Indian film stars and thousands of Bollywood fans are expected to flood this city for the International Indian Film Academy's awards extravaganza, four days of song-and-dance performances and movie screenings. The event caps off with the awards ceremony Saturday....

    That's Shahid Kapoor.
  3. Sunshine


    Good morning. It's Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

    Let's start with Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn talking about Tampa and St. Pete: "We will succeed together or fail alone." Buckhorn, wrote the Times' Bob Trigaux, acknowledged Tampa slipped into economic mediocrity by failing to innovate soon after it adopted the wishful slogan "America's next great city" in the late 1980s....

    Florida Orchestra percussionist John Shaw.
  4. What is Florida?


    Here's what Russell J. Watrous of Land O'Lakes said it is in a letter to the editor today: A gaggle of houses built around roads and shopping centers where asphalt is the distinguishing feature? It should not be.

  5. Jeff Klinkenberg on the Harold P. Curtis Honey Co. and Colony Collapse Disorder


    Florida's preemenint culture writer in the food section in today's Times:

    LaBELLE — Sure, things look bad for the bee man. But we are talking about Harold P. Curtis. Bees sting him and he hardly flinches. Bees die by the thousands and he raises another brood. Just let a bear approach his hives. He will not surrender a hive without a fight....

    That red dot? The queen bee.
  6. Sunshine


    Good morning. It's Tuesday, April 22, 2014, which means it's Earth Day.

    Apropos then: The next two weeks will show whether Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida House genuinely care about the health of the state's natural springs. Click.

    Here's Scott speaking Spanish....

    Some of what's left.
  7. The Times' Melissa Lyttle has a love-hate relationship with her native Florida


    Part of what she said in an interview with fusevisual.org:

    I love what it is. I hate what it's becoming. Only 30 percent of the state's population is native. So the vast majority of people who live here have no real connection to the place. I'm fascinated by what draws people here. Sunshine. No state income tax. A certain level of anonymity. "The Happiest Place on Earth." The idea that paradise is a place....

    Dead gator.
  8. How Rick Scott answers questions


    The current Florida governor answers questions by not answering them. The Times' Steve Bousquet wrote about this back in January. Here's the latest via the Orlando Sentinel's Jim Stratton:...

  9. Getting ready for the rising water


    Here's what the world's rising seas will mean for Florida. Florida Atlantic's Keren Bolter says we don't have time to bicker about this. Read William E. Gibson in the Sun Sentinel:...

  10. The quote of the morning is about the pythons in the Everglades and comes from Davidson College's Michael Dorcas


    "If you had told me 10 years ago some of the things that we have found, I wouldn't have believed you because I didn’t think it could happen. We've seen declines across the board in mammal species that were once extremely common in Everglades National Park, and these species have declined by more than 90 percent in many cases and some 99 percent, and all the evidence shows that it's primarily due to python predation." The Python Invasion. The Python Challenge....

  11. Sunshine


    Good morning. It's Monday, April 21, 2014.

    Did you read Drew Harwell's piece on the Sunday front? In the Tampa Bay area, he reported, the average household's spending on rent is near its highest point in the last three decades. Tenants here pay 32 percent of their income toward rent and utilities, compared to 27 percent in 2004....

    Pasco County elementary school students.
  12. Bill Nelson's pro-life


    What he wrote in this morning's Times:

    Among our fellow Floridians, our neighbors, there are roughly 764,000 low-income people whose misfortune is compounded by the fact they are without health care coverage.

    The meager amount of money they do earn makes them ineligible for both Medicaid, the federal government's health insurance program for the needy, and for premium assistance under Obamacare....

  13. Perry Cross and Don Brown are worried about 'thugs' and Albert Carmanico and Donna Hahn are worried about ... our lawmakers


    The last thing Florida needs on the streets during hurricane evacuations or riots, the Times' editorial board said last week, is more concealed guns.

    No, no, said Largo's Perry Cross in a letter to the editor yesterday: The choice of our legislators to acknowledge and support the Second Amendment, a fundamental birthright acknowledged and codified by the founders of this nation in the Bill of Rights, is being attacked by the Tampa Bay Times....

  14. How kids these days ask other kids to go to the prom


    This story in Sunday's paper gave me a case of the fuddy-duddies. Promposals? Seriously? All this stuff is public spectacle trumping private reality. Saying yes and then texting no because of course it's easier like that. Which is my way of saying you definitely should read it....

    It's just a school dance.
  15. Sunshine


    Good afternoon. It's Friday, April 18, 2014.

    P.C. Wu would like to reiterate the importance of an open and transparent government in our state and urge lawmakers to address these issues.

    Rick Scott, Sue Carlton says, has attempted more makeovers than a middle school slumber party....

    Stephen Cox, 66, a.k.a. "the Bird Man of St. Pete," feeds a snowy egret a piece of squid.