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Michelle Bearden

Michelle Bearden is a multimedia journalist and public speaker with extensive experience in print and broadcast media. She placed second in the nation behind a writer from Time magazine in the 2014 Religion Newswriters Association Supple Feature Religion Writer of the Year. Her “Keeping the Faith” segment on WFLA-TV was the country’s longest-running segment on faith and values among local affiliates. She’s a graduate of Central Michigan University, which inducted her in the school’s Journalism Hall of Fame in 2008 for her pioneer work in media convergence and investigative religion reporting. Michelle has won multiple awards for her work, including first-place honors in 2014 for column writing from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and beat reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists. She is also a two-time winner of the Supple Religion Reporter of the Year from the national Religion Newswriters Association. Michelle’s home and yard in the Ballast Point neighborhood in south Tampa is legendary for big gatherings and dinner parties. She finally realized her dream of getting a horse, and now has two Rocky Mountain mares, which she trail rides and trains every chance she gets. And she is a die-hard Tampa Bay Rays fan. 

Features

Omar Aljajea, 9, at home in Tampa.

For Good: Syrian refugees slowly find new homes in Tampa Bay area

Collaborative efforts are underway to help with an influx of Muslim and Arabic-speaking refugees, including Syrians, resettling in the Tampa Bay area.

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For Good: Major grants invest in St. Pete projects designed to create healthy communities

Health-related innovations and initiatives win big as the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg awards $3.9 million in inaugural grants to 19 local organizations.

Richard Gonzmart with his pups Rex and Rusty at Goody Goody in South Tampa.

Sense of place, history motivate Tampa native in recreating iconic restaurants

A resurrected Goody Goody in Hyde Park Village in South Tampa is just one of many projects undertaken by Tampa native Richard Gonzmart.

Leo Villanueva went undercover as a homeless person for four days in the summer of 2009, to learn more about their plight.

For Good: Benefit to raise funds, awareness for Tampa Bay area charity that feeds hungry

After Trinity Café 2 opens later this month in the First Church of God, 2202 E. Busch Blvd. in north Tampa, it is expecting to draw 200 to 300 people for free meals on weekdays.

African Mahogany mortar & pestles and handcarved bowls.

For Good: African fair-trade marketplace benefits Lutz couple's mission

Fair Trade Marketplace and Festival in north Tampa benefits One City Ministries, a nonprofit organization that's building the Light Village in Uganda as a self-sustaining model community, including a school, church, orphanage and tilapia farm.
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