Changes at Tampa Trib include new City Hall reporter

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Wiatrowski has been serving as the paper's 2010 census reporter, and has worked extensively with databases on computer-related projects for the Trib.


A Virginia native, he received his BA from the University of Virginia and his MA from the University of Missouri.


Christian Wade had covered City Hall over the past several years, replacing Ellen Gedalius, who left the paper in 2008 to become Congresswoman Kathy Castor's press spokesperson. He is now going to cover Carrollwood for the Trib.


CL has attempted to contact Managing Editor Duke Maas, but has been unsuccessful so far (See below). By any measure, Wade has done an outstanding job covering Tampa politics, so we're curious to know the rationale for putting him on a suburban beat.


CL was also unable to speak with Wiatrowski before publishing this post.


(UPDATE: Duke Maas did contact us via e-mail Tuesday evening. He wrote to tell us that he was not willing to discuss any personnel changes at the paper, writing "We are having one-on-one conversations with members of our news staff about these changes this week.")

Kevin Wiatrowski of the Tampa Tribune
  • Kevin Wiatrowski of the Tampa Tribune

A day after the Great Purge of 2011 over at the Tampa Tribune and TBO.com, the powers that be on South Parker Avenue haven't exactly been forthcoming to the local media about what the changes will mean for the paper going forward.

As a means to unearth information, CL has been reduced to writing somewhat awkward e-mails to certain reporters at the paper, asking them essentially if they still have a job.

Last night we were informed that City Hall beat reporter Christian Wade still does have employment at the paper, but would no longer be covering Tampa city politics and public policy.

This afternoon via Twitter, the Trib's audience editor, Karen McAllister, announced that Kevin Wiatrowski will replace Wade on the City Hall beat.

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