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About 83 Degrees


83 Degrees is an online magazine featuring stories about the Tampa Bay region's talented people, innovative ideas, global diversity and sense of place. Stories focus on urban and emerging neighborhoods, community building, creative placemaking, the entrepreneurial ecosystem, creatives, techies, arts and growing companies.

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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, USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy (WLP) and the Athena Society, and serves on the boards of The Institute for Research in Art (Graphicstudio, the Contemporary Art Museum and USF’s Public Art Program) Community Advisory Council and Tiger Bay Club of Tampa.

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 Media. 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. Photo by Leslie Joy Ickowitz.

Lead Photographer: Amber Sigman is a photojournalist with over 16 years experience covering both small-town and international stories; from a Florida woman visiting her native Cuba, to sacred spots in Thailand, and underwater adventures in Florida’s springs. Her client list includes; The Courier-Journal, The Indianapolis Star, MSNBC.com, Southern Poverty Law Magazine, Tampa Bay Times and USA Today.

Amber also taught photojournalism to teenagers with the theme “The World is Your Classroom” in Southeast Asia honoring both her love for education, and global diversity. She earned her degree in photojournalism and cultural anthropology from Western Kentucky University.

When she isn’t taking pictures locally, she can sometimes be found globetrotting, volunteering with animals in-need, or exploring fun sites in the city.

Development News Editor: Dyllan Furness is a freelance writer and born-again Floridian based in Tampa Bay. He’s written about cyborg startups, solar-powered development projects, and the golden years of Bubbles, Michael Jackson’s ex-pet chimpanzee, for outlets like Vice, Quartz, Digital Trends and the Miami New Times.

At 83 Degrees, Dyllan covers Tampa Bay’s development boom as Development News editor, with an eye out for sustainable and community-driven initiatives. He’s often online but if not, you'll find him in the kitchen, on the road, or on the dance floor.

Got Development News tips or comments? Contact Dyllan.



Innovation & Job News Editor: 
Cheryl Rogers is a freelance writer and editor who enjoys writing about careers. An ebook author, she also writes Bible Camp Mystery series that shares her faith. She is publisher of New Christian Books Online Magazine and founder of the Mentor Me Career Network, a free online community, offering career consulting, coaching and career information.

As a wife and mother, Cheryl is around town at open houses and job fairs toting her laptop and camera. She discovered her love of writing as a child when she became enthralled with Nancy Drew mysteries. She earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism and Sociology from Loyola University in New Orleans. While working at Loyola's Personnel Office, she discovered her passion for helping others find jobs. A Miami native, Cheryl moved to the Temple Terrace area in 1985 to work for the former Tampa Tribune. 

Got Innovation & Job News tips or comments, contact Cheryl.

Feature writers include:
Alex English
Alex English is a Tampa native who has lived in Sarasota, Seattle, New York, Bordeaux and Milan. He is passionate about urban development, retail and style, and publishes Remarqed, a personal blog on those subjects. Follow Alex on Twitter @Englishhh.

Caitlyn AlbrittonCaitlin Albritton is a freelance writer based in Tampa with a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and a MFA (graduating Summer 2018) from Maryland Institute College of Art. When she's not looking at art throughout town, she can be found making it. You can keep up with her visual art on Instagram @caitlinalbritton or on her website.

Marty ClearMarty Clear has been writing for various publications in the Tampa Bay area for more than 40 years, mostly covering the performing arts. He studied journalism at the University of South Florida and works nights at downtown Tampa’s legendary Hub bar. He goes to theater, dance and opera every chance he gets (in other words, any time he can afford it or he can cop a free ticket). He used to own a record store/ live music venue in Ybor City called Blue Chair. The first thing you may notice about him is that he’s 6’7”, and to answer your question, no, he doesn’t play basketball. He writes about West Tampa and other topics for 83 Degrees. Follow him on Twitter @martinclear.

Chris KuhnChris Kuhn is a freelance writer, editor and blogger who resides in the northern ‘burbs of Tampa with her husband and a rambunctious Shih Tzu. She is a frequent contributor to area print and online publications and previously served as editor for a local women’s publication. A graduate of Florida State University, Chris has been published nationally and written two books, her most recent, an anthology celebrating public art as a central focal point for storytelling across various Florida communities, including Tampa. When she is not writing, Chris loves checking out art, movies and museums, and discovering new Thai restaurants. Follow her on Twitter @ChrisKuhnAuthor. 

Tiffany Razzano
Tiffany Razzano is journalist living in Pinellas Park, Florida, where she lives in a bookstore and runs the literary arts organization, Wordier Than Thou, @WordierThanThou.







Pamela VarkonyPamela Varkony’s non-fiction topics range from politics to economic development to women's empowerment. A feature writer and former columnist for Tribune Publishing, Pamela's work has appeared in newspapers, magazines and in PBS and NPR on-air commentaries. Her poetry has been published in the New York Times. Recognized by the Pennsylvania Women's Press Association with an "Excellence in Journalism" award, Pamela often uses her writing to advocate for women's rights and empowerment both at home and abroad. She has twice traveled to Afghanistan on fact-finding missions. Pamela was recently named the 2017 Pearl S. Buck International Woman of Influence for her humanitarian work. Born and raised in rural Bucks County, PA, Pamela often weaves the lessons learned on those back country roads throughout her stories. Follow her on Twitter @PamelaVarkony.

Joshua McMorrow-HernandezJoshua McMorrow-Hernandez is a freelance writer who was born and raised in Tampa. He earned his BA in English from the University of South Florida and spent more than three years as a full-time copywriter for a local internet marketing firm before striking out on his own to write for various blogs and periodicals, including TheFunTimesGuide, CoinValue and COINage magazine. He has also authored local history books, including Images of America: Tampa's Carrollwood and Images of Modern America: Tampa Bay Landmarks and Destinations, which are two titles produced by Arcadia Publishing. You can follow Joshua on his blog.

Christopher CurryChristopher Curry is a freelance writer living with his wife and son in Clearwater. Christopher spent more than 15 years as a newspaper reporter, primarily in Ocala and Gainesville, before moving back home to the Tampa Bay Area. He enjoys our local music scene, great weather and the wealth of outdoor festivals.

Janan TalaferJanan Talafer enjoys writing for a diverse group of clients, including print and online publications, nonprofit organizations and public relations agencies. One of the highlights of her writing career was flying with the 91st Air Refueling Squadron out of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa FL for a feature about this elite military team. A journalism graduate of Bowling Green State University (OH), Janan’s early career was in health care marketing and public relations for hospitals in Connecticut and Tampa Bay. She is an avid gardener, loves East Coast swing dance and enjoys touring around St. Petersburg on the back of her husband’s scooter.







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, nonprofit innovation, city building and placemaking.

83 Degrees Underwriting Partners

Arts Council of Hillsborough County
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Hillsborough County Economic Development
Tampa Bay Trust Company
Tampa Downtown Partnership
West Tampa Chamber

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