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Wayne  Garcia

Wayne Garcia

Wayne Garcia
Senior Instructor


Office: CIS 3100
Phone: 813/468-1925



Wayne Garcia is an award-winning political journalist and educator, working in Florida newspapers, colleges and campaigns for 25 years. His areas of expertise include political, investigative, computer-assisted and scholastic journalism. He teaches editing and reporting.

As a journalist, he worked for the St. Petersburg Times, Tampa Tribune and Gainesville Sun daily newspapers. During his tenure as the political editor for the alt-weekly Creative Loafing, Garcia won number Sunshine State Awards for his writing and his well known blog, The Political Whore. He was the 2009 recipient of the Irene Miller Vigilance in Journalism Award from the Pinellas Chapter of the ACLU.

He teaches journalism at the University of South Florida in Tampa, having completed a year as a visiting professor at the University of Florida’s award-winning journalism school in 2009-2010. He also serves as the executive director of the Florida Scholastic Press Association.

As a political consultant, he ran or was part of more than 100 campaigns in the state.