83 Degrees Media tells the stories of urban and emerging neighborhoods, community building, placemaking, entrepreneurship, creativity 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 wherever she goes.
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: A Florida native and longtime Tampa Bay resident, Megan Hendricks graduated from the University of South Florida with a masters degree in business administration. She worked at the USF College of Business and has extensive community experience including the Tampa Bay Partnership's Talent Dividend Advisory Board, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Emerge Tampa Bay, Ekhos and Bar Camp Tampa. She is a former board member and newsletter editor for Creative Tampa Bay. Megan enjoys telling the stories that make Tampa Bay a unique, diverse cultural experience.
Development News Editor: Kathy Steele is a freelance writer who lives in the Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa. She previously covered Tampa neighborhoods for more than 15 years as a reporter for The Tampa Tribune. She grew up in Georgia but headed north to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. She backpacked through Europe before attending the University of Iowa's Creative Writers' Workshop for two years. She has a journalism degree from Georgia College. She likes writing, history and movies.
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
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