About 83 Degrees

Based in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, 83 Degrees Media is a weekly digital magazine leveraging the power of solutions-based and narrative journalism. One of several Issue Media Group publications, 83 Degrees and other IMG e-magazines aim to connect readers to their city’s most visionary and active people, businesses, and organizations – increasing the openness, aesthetics, and social offerings of communities. We work with like-minded stakeholders who have shared values and missions through an underwriting model of publishing. Our journalists engage the community through regular conversations to build trusted relationships with leaders and residents that shape the community’s unique stories. 83 Degrees began publishing in November 2009. Issue Media Group incorporated in 2005 in Detroit, MI.

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Christopher CurryManaging Editor:  Christopher "Chris'' Curry has been writing features and news items for 83 Degrees since 2017 and previously served as our Development News editor. Chris grew up in Clearwater and spent more than 15 years as a newspaper reporter, primarily in Ocala and Gainesville, before moving back to his hometown. Chris graduated from the University of Notre Dame and later earned a master’s degree in mass communications from USF-St. Petersburg’s waterfront campus. He enjoys Tampa Bay for the local music scene, the sunshine and the outdoor festivals and events that make each weekend unique. Chris can frequently be found at Pinellas County's scenic nature parks, hoofing it around the recreational trail.

Diane EgnerPublisher: Diane Egner is a community leader and award-winning journalist with more than four decades of experience reporting and writing about the Tampa Bay Area of Florida. She serves on the boards of the University of South Florida Zimmerman School of Advertising & Mass Communications Advisory Council, The Institute for Research in Art (Graphicstudio, the Contemporary Art Museum, and USF’s Public Art Program) Community Advisory Council, Sing Out and Read, and StageWorks Theatre Advisory Council. She also is a member of Leadership Florida and the Athena Society. 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 Tampa Tiger Bay Club, 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. Diane and her husband, Sandy Rief, live in Tampa.

Carole DevillersLead photographer: Carole Devillers’ career as a freelance photojournalist spans four decades spent in West Africa, Haiti, New Mexico, and Florida, where she currently lives in Tampa. She has several National Geographic articles to her credit as well as images in numerous national and international publications. As a Reuters News Pictures photo correspondent in Haiti, she spent 10 years recording the political unrest of that country, which led her to be shot at (they missed), to be held at gunpoint, and to have film confiscated. She is the author of more than a dozen children's photo books on Haiti and on caving (a favorite hobby for her). In Florida, she fell in love with birds, which resulted in her photo book, "Glimpses of Iconic Birds of Florida," and in her becoming a volunteer bird steward for Audubon Florida. She is represented in the book “Women Photographers at National Geographic” and lives by Helen Keller’s quote “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Learn more about Devillers and her work

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Readers also can support 83 Degrees through individual donations to the Solutions Journalism Fund at Community Foundation Tampa Bay. This fund supports storytelling provides information and builds awareness designed to grow support for local nonprofits and their missions. The storytelling focuses on how local charities contribute to community building, placemaking, and solving equity issues in neighborhoods, schools, public health, the arts and the environment. Click here to donate.

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