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New editor brings fresh insights

By JIM VERHULST
Published February 16, 2005


Today we welcome a new editor, Sharon Tubbs, to the Neighborhood Times team.

Tubbs, 32, comes to us from the Floridian section here at the Times, where she worked for four years as a reporter covering national and regional religious trends and writing human interest stories.

In moving to the editing ranks, she takes on the title of assistant suburban news editor and she will be directly responsible for editing the business coverage in Neighborhood Times . In addition, she will develop some other ideas that will see print on Page 3 in the Wednesday editions of Neighborhood Times . Read Page 3 today, and you'll get an idea of what we have in mind.

Tubbs is a Hoosier by birth - you'll find more than a few of them in the newsroom. Nelson Poynter himself, of course, was one. I'm not. I was born on a farm in Illinois, but I guess I can bask in the reflected glory of being from a state that borders Indiana.

Tubbs is originally from Fort Wayne, where the high temperature today is supposed to be 34 degrees and the forecast calls for snow. But I digress.

Tubbs grew up with an older brother and older sister. Of the whole brood, only she no longer lives in Indiana.

She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism and started in the field 10 years ago as a correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer . There, she wrote government and feature stories for four small towns. Nine years ago, she got a job in the Times' Clearwater bureau, where she covered the police beats, wrote feature stories for small communities, including Seminole, and covered the city of Largo. So, she already has quite a bit of experience with community journalism.

As we welcome Sharon aboard, let's take a minute to recap who does what here. Sandra Gadsden, the suburban news editor, is directly in charge of the editions of Neighborhood Times that go to readers in Seminole, Pinellas Park, Kenneth City and Lealman as well as the one for readers in the beach towns and Gulfport. I am responsible for the overall enterprise of Neighborhood Times , and Sharon now takes over editing of our business coverage as well as some other duties.

As always, don't hesitate to call - our direct phone numbers are in the box to the left. We are a part of the community that we cover, and that's what has always made our jobs at Neighborhood Times the best ones in the newsroom.