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About 83 Degrees

83 Degrees Media tells the Tampa Bay region's stories of urban and emerging neighborhoods, community building, placemaking, entrepreneurship, creativity, arts and growing companies by featuring talent, innovation, global diversity and environment in 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 the The Institute for Research in Art (Graphicstudio, the Contemporary Art Museum and USF’s Public Art Program) Community Advisory Council and the Not For Profit Workshop Community Advisory Board.

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, Awesome Tampa Bay, Florida Kinship Center, AIA Tampa Bay, Powerstories, Arts Council of Hillsborough County 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. 


83 Degrees is published by Issue Media Group. IMG publications are supported in part by underwriting partnerships with local businesses, institutions, nonprofits, and foundations to support and expand coverage of job growth, economic development, real estate, non-profit innovation, city building and placemaking.

83 Degrees Underwriting Partners (topic underwritten):

Air Animal Pet Movers (general)
CAMLS (health, higher education, general)
Community Foundation of Tampa Bay (philanthropy, general) 
Grand Central at KennedyCena (general)
Hillsborough Community College (workforce transition, entrepreneurship, general)
Hillsborough County Economic Development (entrepreneurship, technology, manufacturing, general)
Mosaic (agriculture, environment, general)
Tampa Bay Trust Company (For Good, philanthropy, general)
Tampa Downtown Partnership (downtown Tampa, urban living, general)
Tampa General Hospital (health, higher education, general)
Tampa Housing Authority/ ENCORE! Tampa (sustainability, general)
USFSP (downtown St. Petersburg, urban living, general)
Westshore Alliance (Westshore area of Tampa, general)

Issue Media Group and 83 Degrees retain all decisions on editorial content.

Read more about IMG's underwriting and disclosure policy by clicking on this link

Send us an email if you or your company would like to experience the value of becoming an underwriting partner. 

Operations and Media ContactPaul Schutt

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