Michael Van Sickler, Assistant Metro Editor

Michael Van Sickler

Assistant Metro Editor

I've got a great gig. I oversee the Tampa Bay Times' coverage of Tallahassee and Washington with a team of dedicated and talented reporters. They work day and night, on weekends, to help translate not just politics, but the way policies get implemented and shape the worlds of our readers. They bring data and investigative skills that can better explain how campaigns are won, and how government programs work...or don't work. I was born in Cleveland, OH., but Florida has been my home for more than a quarter of a century. I've had stops in Gainesville, where I attended the University of Florida, to Lakeland, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Tallahassee and now St. Petersburg. It's been a great ride so far, and in this state, we never know what's coming next.

Winner/loser of the week in Florida politics: Feb. 17 edition

Gov. Ron DeSantis makes an education announcement at Calvary Christian Academy in Orlando on Feb. 15, 2019. [WKMG live screen grab]
Big news in education.

Winner/loser of the week in Florida politics: Feb. 10 edition

No single person.

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Tampa Bay factors in both categories this week.

DeSantis among top names at this year’s AP planning session

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Before each legislative session, the state’s government and political reporters, editors and producers travel to Tallahassee to hear from Florida’s leaders. Here’s who is speaking this year.

Orlando Sentinel apologizes to Groveland Four families

Back in November 1951, Sheriff Willis McCall explained to newspaper reporters how two men accused in the Groveland rape case attacked him when he stopped near Umatilla to change a flat tire. McCall was transporting the prisoners from Raiford to Lake County for a new trial.McCall Willis B. Sheriff Lake Co., 11-11-1951 FEB 23 1969
"Were sorry for the Orlando Sentinels role in this injustice," the paper wrote on Thursday. "Were sorry that the newspaper at the time did between little and nothing to seek the truth. Were sorry