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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, thought leadership, entrepreneurship, 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: Open.

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. 

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
City of Clearwater
Hillsborough County Economic Development
Tampa Bay Trust Company
Tampa Downtown Partnership
West Tampa Chamber

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Operations and Media ContactPaul Schutt

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