83 Degrees is an online magazine featuring stories about local growth, investment, and the people leading cities across the Tampa Bay region into the new economy. Stories often feature urban and emerging neighborhoods, community building, creative placemaking, the entrepreneurial ecosystem, creatives, techies, arts, and growing companies adding jobs.
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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 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 USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy (WLP), 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 one son-in-law, and is the 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, Microsoft, NBC, 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.
Innovation and Job News Editor: Jaymi Butler is a writer and editor who enjoys telling the stories of growth and innovation in the Tampa Bay Area, which she has called home since 2003. A former reporter for the Savannah Morning News, The State, and The Tampa Tribune, she has covered a variety of topics ranging from business to features to public health -- and she even got to sit in on an American Idol audition just feet away from Simon Cowell!
Butler graduated with her BS in journalism from the University of Florida and later received a Master's of Education from the University of South Florida. When she's not working, you can probably find her taking a horseback riding lesson, online shopping, or cheering on the Florida Gators with her friends.
Development News Editor: Christopher Curry is a freelance writer who spent more than 15
years as a newspaper reporter in Florida, primarily in Ocala and Gainesville, before moving back home to the Tampa Bay Area.
Chris earned a master's degree in communications from the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg and a BA in government from the University of Notre Dame.
He enjoys our local music scene, great weather and the wealth of outdoor festivals. He and his wife and son live in Clearwater.
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Tampa Downtown Partnership
Tampa Bay History Center
The Wilson Company
University of South Florida
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