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, place making, intellectual capital, 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 The Institute for Research in Art (Graphicstudio, the Contemporary Art Museum and USF’s Public Art Program) Community Advisory Council, the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa 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.
Development News Editor: Ashley Reams Mistretta has spent most of her career in the Tampa Bay area and is proud to cover the unique communities that make this growing region innovative and interesting. She earned her bachelor's degree from Longwood University in Farmville VA, and wrote about small suburbs of Baltimore MD, before moving to Temple Terrace. When she isn't writing, you'll find her working on craft projects, including turning her husband Matt's abstract art into funky jewelry for their Etsy shop.
Innovation & Job 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.