TAMPA — An award-winning investigative journalist is leaving 10News WTSP days after the station broadcast his report suggesting possible criminal behavior on the part of Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan.
Hagan on Wednesday called for county attorneys to research a defamation lawsuit against Noah Pransky for the story, which first aired Nov. 17 and indicated that Hagan and Blue Pearl CEO Darryl Shaw had colluded on land purchases around the proposed site for the Tampa Bay Rays new ballpark in Ybor City.
Both Shaw and Hagan denied the thrust of the story and said that Pransky's reporting on the purchases was flawed.
Pransky told the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday that his year-end departure had nothing to do with the Hagan story.
"Not at all. This has been in the works for some time," Pransky said.
Pransky, 38, has worked for WTSP for 10 years. He said he is "fielding offers" for his next job.
Kelly Frank, the station's director of content, said Pransky made the decision to leave and the Hagan stories had nothing to do with it.
Pransky's departure was first reported by Florida Politics.
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