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About 83 Degrees

83 Degrees Media tells the stories of urban and emerging neighborhoods, community building, placemaking, entrepreneurship, creativity, arts and growing companies by featuring stories about talent, innovation, global diversity and environment in the Tampa Bay region of Florida. 

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Publisher & Managing Editor: Diane Egner is an award-winning journalist with more than three decades of experience writing about the Tampa Bay region. She is a member of Leadership Florida and the Athena Society, and serves on the boards of Awesome Tampa Bay and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism, she won the top statewide award for editorial writing from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors while at The Tampa Tribune and received special recognition by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists for creative work as Content Director at WUSF Public Broadcasting. Past accomplishments and community service include leadership positions with Alpha House of Tampa Bay, Florida Kinship Center, AIA Tampa Bay, Powerstories and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. She lives in South Tampa, is the mother of two adult daughters and grandmother to two amazing grandchildren, travels whenever possible with laptop in tow and feels comfortable writing and editing from wi-fi cafes.

Managing Photographer: Julie Busch Branaman is a multimedia photojournalist based in the Tampa Bay region. Before joining 83 Degrees as managing photographer in 2009, she worked as a multimedia journalist with The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. Prior to arriving in Tampa, she freelanced in the Seattle area, working on national and international stories. She earned a BA in photojournalism from Western Kentucky University. When not on assignment, she's likely to be found hiking, kayaking or snorkeling her way around Florida and its unique waterways.

Innovation News Editor: Justine Benstead is a writer and social media manager who lives in the sunny Hyde Park neighborhood of Tampa. She grew up in New Jersey and then Florida, graduating from the University of South Florida with a BA in English. She aspires to become a Jeopardy! champion and enjoys reading, kickboxing, taking her dog on long walks, and photography. Follow her on Twitter at@JustineinTampa. Justine enjoys telling stories and writing profiles about Tampa Bay's emerging technology and innovation news scene and entrepreneurs.

Development News Editor: Kimberly Patterson is a writer and native Floridian, born and raised in the Tampa Bay area. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a BA in Communication, where she found her passion -- writing. When not glued to a laptop, she can be found around town with her two young children exploring the Bay area, and experiencing the region from their point of view. 

Media stories about 83 Degrees:

Entrepreneurial ecosystem keeps building but trick is to get it to a tipping point -- Tampa Bay Times

A 'thank you' to 20 people who made Tampa Bay a better business place -- Tampa Bay Times

83 Degrees is published by Issue Media Group.

Operations and Media Contact: Paul Schutt
Web Site and E-Newsletter Technology: Matt Lehman and Mark Walz, Fluent Consulting
Web Site and E-Newsletter Design: Patrick Blasio

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