Jared Leone is a journalist and freelance writer living in a sliver of Florida paradise in the Tampa Bay region. Leone has covered national, state and local news in this competitive media market for nearly a decade writing for the Associated Press, AOL, 83 Degrees and the Tampa Bay Times. His reporting also has appeared in Creative Loafing and the Miami New Times. His favorite stories are those that engage the community and initiate change. Follow him at @jared_leone on Twitter.