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. The Times' Craig Pittman has inked a deal to write a book about Florida and so I asked him some questions


    1. So it's about Florida. What about Florida?

    It's an expansion of the "Oh #Florida!" blog I did for Slate last year, in which I tried to explain Florida, celebrate Florida and, on more than a few occasions, throw up my hands and shake my head at Florida.

    2. What do people need to know about Florida?...

  2. Don't click on this if you're offended by profanity


    Jeb Lund for Rolling Stone on our governor's race:

    If you want to forecast the fate of the nation, it's tempting to play the Hillary and Mystery Date 2016 guessing game. But that's like determining wedding cake ingredients by the plastic bride and groom on top. If you want a picture of America two terms from now, ignore the national stage and gaze instead at the states, where failure is confirmed before it's applied to the rest of the country....

    Rick Scott.
  3. The Rev. William L. Strange Jr., the pastor at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, on Miami's Liberty City


    "When you put angry people together who are agitated, in some cases angry, who feel there is no hope for the future, that is what you get: hurting people hurting other people." Click.

  4. The future of Florida …


    is the present?

    Floridians 50 or older make up just 38 percent of the state's population. Yet, despite being fewer in number, they have a bigger economic impact than younger residents here.

    The older generation generates 54 percent of the state's economic output, works in 58 percent of the state's jobs, and pays 67 percent of state and local taxes. It also accounts for 58 percent of total consumer spending, the chief driver to keep the economy churning....

  5. Biologists in Florida! Barreling into the Anthropocene!


    Just pointing out on this Monday morning something I underlined in my Sunday reading:

    Biologists in Florida, which faces a daunting sea level rise, are working on a plan to set aside land farther inland as a reserve for everything from the MacGillivray's seaside sparrow to the tiny Key deer....

  6. 13 things I underlined in the New York Times' lionfish article


    1. Nearly three decades after a lone venomous lionfish was spotted in the ocean off Broward County — posing as a bit of eye candy back then and nothing more — the species has invaded the Southern seaboard, staking a particular claim on Florida ...

    2. There is no stopping them now, salt-water experts said.

    3. "Eradication is not on the table, but local control has proven to be very effective," said Lad Akins, special projects director for the Reef Environmental Education Foundation, a grass-roots organization helping to curb the proliferation of lionfish. "They are what many people call a near-perfect invader."...

    The perfect invader.
  7. The remains of more boys who were sent to Marianna for their own good


    The latest from Ben Montgomery, who continues to do this important work for this newspaper:

    TAMPA — Researchers have identified the remains of two more boys unearthed from a graveyard at Florida's notorious reform school in the Panhandle town of Marianna. The remains of Thomas Varnadoe and Earl Wilson, who both died under suspicious circumstances while in custody at the Florida School for Boys, will be returned to their families....

  8. The headline on Gail Collins' column in today's New York Times: Florida Goes Down the Drain


    Three parts in particular that you should see:

    1. On Miami Beach, rising sea levels have interesting consequences. The ocean periodically starts bubbling up through local drainpipes. By the time it's over, the concept of "going down to the water" has extended to stepping off the front porch.

    It's becoming a seasonal event, like swallows at Capistrano or the return of the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio....

  9. The dim Sunshine State


    If you haven't read the Bob Trigaux column in this morning's Times, you should, and here it is:

    If Apple ran its business like Duke Energy in Florida, it would pitch black rotary phones, not the iPhone 6.

    If Neil Armstrong worked for Duke Energy in Florida instead of landing on the moon, he would have taken a backward step for a man and done nothing for mankind....

  10. Here it comes


    The cutline today on my 3B: A thick line of dark clouds hangs over Tampa Bay on Monday as a squall line moves through the area, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and lightning. This photo was taken just after noon on Davis Islands in Tampa, looking toward the eastern shore of the bay. More rain, with a chance of river flooding, is forecast for the next several days. "We have higher-than-normal rain chances for the week," said Josh Linker of Bay News 9....

    Rolling through.
  11. 'Alaska is going to be the next Florida by the end of the century'


    That's the quote of the day. Click.

  12. Who's going to live in these places?


    Lane DeGregory today on 1A:

    ST. PETERSBURG — It started on a Tuesday, April 29, 7:01 a.m., while kids were eating Cheerios and professors were starting to shower and retirees were trying to sleep in.

    A steady hammering, metal on concrete, booming through downtown. Bang. Bang. Bang. Bang. Forty-three beats per minute. So loud it rattled windows, throbbed through floors, woke people three blocks away....

    Price of progress and whatnot.
  13. Buy orange juice or else, Florida!


    Tough times and whatnot. Here's what Jack Payne, the senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources at the University of Florida and the head of UF's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, had to say on 13A today:...

    Better times.
  14. Something I underlined in today's New York Times


    ... in Florida, banning fish traps — which should result in more parrotfish, less algae and more coral — has not stemmed coral decline. That's because of extreme local pressures from millions of residents and tourists and insufficient controls on development. Click.