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. '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.
  2. 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....

  3. 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....

  4. Tallahassee's Jeff VanderMeer on lighthouses


    Just a little something I spotted in Sunday's New York Times and so I'm passing it along:

    This spring, alongside a park ranger, I had a chance to finally explore the inside of my own local lighthouse: St. Marks Lighthouse, in a wildlife refuge in northern Florida. St. Marks is the second oldest active light station in Florida. It sits on the edge of marsh and swamp, on a coastline where alligators have adapted to saltwater just enough to surprise wading fishermen. The danger to ships here is not jagged cliffs, but insidious shallows and inlets with a thousand hidden mouths....

    The St. Marks Lighthouse in 1926.
  5. You read what Jeff Klinkenberg had in yesterday's paper?


    If you didn't, here:

    NAPLES — Arturo Freyre lives among the lions.

    It's not the Florida he or hundreds of other nervous Collier County residents ever imagined. Florida is supposed to be about shopping centers, golf courses, theme parks and watching pelicans at the beach. Cardinals are pretty and welcome, but tree frogs are noisy unless you turn up the air conditioning....

    A panther being a panther.
  6. 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....

  7. 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.

  8. 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....

  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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....

  12. 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....

  13. 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....

  14. 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....

    Janay Rice posted a statement on Instagram on Tuesday. “THIS IS OUR LIFE,” she wrote.
  15. 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....