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. 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.
  2. 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.

  3. Florida does too have a fall


    Says Jeff Klinkenberg in today's paper:

    North of us, Americans are drinking apple cider, eyeing the pumpkins, calling the chimney sweep, dressing in flannel shirts against the slight nip in the air.

    Not in Florida. We're still adjusting the air conditioner. We're still watching the tropics and wearing Hawaiian shirts....

    See it?
  4. These scientists keep wanting to help Rick Scott


    From Mary Ellen Klas:

    TALLAHASSEE — If Florida's climate scientists have proven anything this summer, it is that they are careful listeners.

    After Gov. Rick Scott told them last month that he is "focused on solutions," 42 scientists from Florida colleges and universities crafted a letter asking the governor and state policy leaders to convene a "Climate Science & Solutions Summit" to be held this fall to come up with an action plan for Florida....

  5. It rained a lot yesterday but at least Melissa Lyttle made this lovely picture


    Says the cutline that ran with the image on 1B of my paper this morning: On a dock at Demens Landing Park, Steph Davis of St. Petersburg pauses under her pink umbrella Wednesday afternoon to look at the city’s downtown skyline. "I'm a Pisces," said Davis, explaining why she was drawn outdoors on such a wet day. "I love water in any form — streams, lakes, the ocean, rain." The Tampa Bay area got a good soaking Wednesday....

    A reminder for rainy days?
  6. More guns


    The Pinellas County School District has purchased 28 M-16 assault rifles from the federal government and is preparing to assign them to school police officers in the coming weeks, the chief of the police unit said Wednesday, according to Lisa Gartner today on 1A....

  7. The University of Central Florida has a grenade launcher and Florida International University has 50 assault rifles


    Nine things I underlined in this recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

    1. Should the campus police at the University of Central Florida ever need a modified grenade launcher, one sits waiting in the department's armory. Retooled to fire tear-gas canisters, the weapon was used several years ago for training purposes, according to Richard Beary, the university's chief of police. It hasn't left storage since....

  8. Tampa's Lee Cook on Jeff Klinkenberg's Sunday story about Florida panthers


    You read it, right? Here's the letter to the editor from today's paper:

    It is unfortunate that Arturo Freyre did not take the time to educate himself about his new South Florida home before he moved here from New Jersey. That could have saved him and his goats a lot of trouble. When the panthers predictably eat the goats Freyre helpfully placed in ever-dwindling panther habitat, he predictably complains to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The FWC must then repeatedly waste time and taxpayer resources educating Freyre and helping him pen his goats....

    A goat killed by a panther.
  9. The real Captain Citrus is a professor in Texas named Erik Mirkov


    Captain Citrus was born in 2011 as a big, fat talking orange wearing a green cape, writes the AP's Tamara Lush. Now he's being transformed into a buff Marvel Comics superhero who will fight evil alongside the likes of Captain America.

    His first mission? Promote the benefits of orange juice in a country where carb-conscious dieters are increasingly turning away from even seemingly healthy beverages that nutritionists have slammed for having too much sugar....

    I thought this fellow was fine.
  10. In modern Florida, it's always been like this, and it's only getting worse


    The AP's Mike Schneider reporting from Inverness:

    Citrus County is one of eight counties stretching round the Orlando and Tampa metro areas in a band that might be called the Gray Belt. It has among the oldest populations in the nation, not to mention in Florida, which has long had the highest rate of seniors in the nation, and will for decades yet. The others include Marion, Martin, Indian River, Highlands, Sarasota, Charlotte, and Sumter counties, the last of which is home to the largest concentration of seniors of any county in the nation thanks to the retirement community called The Villages, northwest of Orlando....

    Every day in The Villages.
  11. Gainesville's Susan Bowles on why she did what she did


    In today's Times:

    I am the kindergarten teacher who refuses to administer the FAIR test to my students due to the great amount of instructional time that would be lost. In an email to Gov. Rick Scott, I invited him to come visit one of my fellow kindergarten teachers as she administers a complete FAIR test to one of our pupils. I think he might be surprised at the difficulty of the content of the test, along with the issues of time, use of technology and the problem of what to do with the other children while the testing is going on. It seems doubtful that this kindergarten assessment was field-tested in a school setting....

  12. The letter to the editor of the day? James W. Shiffer of Clearwater


    Germany is trouncing Florida when it comes to solar energy, and Rick Scott's not really listening, but some citizens are looking around. See this in this morning's letters?...

  13. 'Growers are ... watching their livelihood collapse in front of them'


    Can genetic engineering save the Florida orange? National Geographic asks the question that's on the minds of many these days:

    Citrus greening, the plague that could wipe out Florida's $9 billion orange industry, begins with the touch of a jumpy brown bug on a sun-kissed leaf....

    Race against time to save a state icon.
  14. Sarasota's Pam Bournival on the end of retirement


    What she wrote in a letter to the editor in the new Harper's:

    Jessica Bruder describes the "three-legged stool" of pensions, savings, and Social Security that has historically supported our nation's retirees. Alas, with many states and corporations refusing to meet their pension commitments, and savings wiped out by Wall Street shenanigans, the third leg of the stool is often all that is left to even the best of planners. Social Security and Medicare need therefore to be expanded to ensure that our seniors can afford to live out their retirement years with comfort and dignity....

  15. Florida during Prohibition


    This here Wednesday evening in Tampa sounds interesting:

    We've all heard numerous gangster-related stories about the Roaring Twenties and the Prohibition era. But now you can take a look at this incredible period of time in U.S. history through a very different lens: the societal and cultural changes that took place....