Jump to Navigation

Our Columnists

Informed Personalities from Across the State, Across the Spectrum
Lloyd Brown
Lloyd Brown's picture
Lloyd Brown was in the newspaper business nearly 50 years, beginning as a copy boy and retiring as editorial page editor of the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville.
"Florida residents need to know the whole story if they are to make intelligent decisions when they choose elected officials and vote on public policy. Yet Florida newspapers don’t adequately reflect the level of conservative opinion in this state. If I can fill a niche in that regard by contributing to Florida Voices, it will be worth the effort."
Dominic Calabro
Dominic Calabro's picture
The President & CEO of Florida TaxWatch for the last 30 years, Dominic Calabro has had a close-up view of Florida's ever-changing fiscal and economic policies.
Florida has grown from a modest sized state to a highly diversified mega trend state, which now plays a leading role in both national and international economies. I want to help taxpayers understand these complex issues, and offer my view on what Floridians can do to make our communities better places to live and work.
Angel Castillo Jr
Angel Castillo Jr's picture
Angel Castillo, Jr., a Cuban-American lawyer, is a former newspaper reporter and editor for the New York Times, The Miami Herald, and other publications, who practices employment law in Miami.
“I am a bilingual and bicultural native of Cuba who is happy to live and vote in Miami-Dade County, where 70 percent of the 2.5-million population speak a language other than English at home, 65 percent are of Hispanic origin, and nearly 1.2-million were born in another country. Sometimes the rich human diversity of this environment produces a perspective on matters of concern to Floridians that is slightly different from that of -- and not always well understood by -- those living in other counties, and which I hope to reflect in my columns.”
Susan Clary
Susan Clary's picture
Formerly a reporter with the St. Petersburg Times and Orlando Sentinel, Susan Clary left journalism for the court system, law firms, nonprofits and progressive political campaigns. A second-generation Cuban-American, Susan is a freelance writer and runs a nonprofit animal rescue.
"I fill my life with diversity in friendships and acquaintances of varying political, religious and cultural backgrounds. Their insights make me a better person and a better writer. I look to connect to the readers of Florida Voices to translate those differences and commonalities into lively discussion."
Bill Cotterell
Bill Cotterell's picture
Bill Cotterell, retired senior writer for the Tallahassee Democrat, has covered Florida government and politics since 1969.
Cotterell is mainly interested in political campaigns, but also focuses on state government operations.
Paula Dockery
Paula Dockery's picture
Paula Dockery is a popular Republican state senator from Lakeland known for speaking truth to power, standing up for taxpayers and fighting against wasteful spending, corporate subsidies and sweetheart deals. She was the 2010 recipient of Florida's Friend of the First Amendment Award.
"Much has changed in Tallahassee since I was first elected to the Legislature 15 years ago, so when asked to chronicle my final year in the Florida Senate, I jumped at the chance, believing that Floridians should learn how government really works."
Martin Dyckman
Martin Dyckman's picture
He is a retired associate editor of the newspaper formerly known as the St. Petersburg Times.
Martin Dyckman writes about state and national issues from a progressive perspective.
Dan Gelber
Dan Gelber's picture
Dan Gelber was a State Senator and former House Democratic Leader from Miami.
For a decade in the legislature, I found myself as the opposition leader to Bush, Rubio and even Crist (at times). While I believe it important to a democracy that the minority party challenge the majority to reveal their excesses, I believe it equally important that they bring not just criticism, but also better alternatives.
Rosemary Goudreau
Rosemary Goudreau's picture
Rosemary Goudreau, the former editorial page editor of The Tampa Tribune, is the editor of Florida Voices, an online opinion page and syndication service.
"You know the news, now let's talk." That's our slogan here at Florida Voices. To help stir the pot, we publish and syndicate a hall-of-fame stable of columnists. Since I'm the editor, you'll hear from me only on occasion. Our goal is to engage Floridians in the challenges we face, hold the powerful accountable and help find common ground. Let us hear from you!
Henry Kelley
Henry Kelley's picture
Henry Kelley, a Fort Walton Beach business owner, is an active leader of the Florida tea party movement.
"I hope readers get a different view of what is broadly labeled the "tea party" movement. Most pundits who claim to speak for us have never organized a tea party meeting or attended a city or county commission meeting to affect real change in government. It's time we do a better job of articulating our arguments."
Steven Kurlander
Steven Kurlander's picture
Steven Kurlander blogs at Kurly's Kommentary, writes a weekly column for Fort Lauderdale’s Sun-Sentinel and is a South Florida communications strategist.
"Too much political writing is done from strictly one dogmatic perspective or another.  I try to analyze issues and topics strictly from a common sense point of view."
William Mattox
William Mattox's picture
William Mattox is a columnist with Florida Voices and a resident fellow at the James Madison Institute in Tallahassee.
William Mattox hates politics -- but loves ideas. So, his columns rarely deal with politics, but often address public policy problems. In addition, Mattox enjoys writing about larger cultural questions that arise in sports, arts and leisure, religion, and the interplay of the sexes.
Cary McMullen
Cary McMullen's picture
Cary McMullen is a journalist and editor who lives in Lakeland.
"By training and inclination, I am drawn to questions of faith, and many of my columns will address religious beliefs, especially Christian beliefs, and how they are expressed in the public sphere. I’m a follower of politics, with sympathies toward the center and skepticism toward all sides. I’m keenly interested in education and an amateur critic of the fine arts. My goal is for readers to apply the label 'thought-provoking' to whatever I write."
Mary Jo Melone
Mary Jo Melone's picture
Mary Jo Melone, former columnist with the St. Petersburg Times, is a writer in Tampa.
"Somebody once said that journalism is the first rough draft of history; if there was ever a form of the trade that suited that definition, it’s the blog—meant to be insightful, provocative, brief, and right on the tail of breaking stories. That’s the way I see it, and that’s what I intend to do, through a liberal lens. I worry about the way Florida is headed, the country too. We suddenly live in a mean-spirited, you’re-on-your-own world. Whenever I see it, I’ll point it and wonder aloud why this has happened to us. I’ll suggest answers when I can. I’ll write about events big and small. I’ll wait to hear from you, and we’ll have a conversation."
Mark O'Brien
Mark O'Brien's picture
Formerly a columnist, reporter and editor for the Pensacola News Journal, Mark O’Brien is a writer in Pensacola, his home since 1978. He also is the author of "Pensacola On My Mind" and "Sand In My Shoes."
"Mark O'Brien has an O'pinion on almost everything."
Tom O'Hara
Tom O'Hara's picture
Formerly managing editor of The Palm Beach Post and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Tom O'Hara is a senior foreign editor with The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi.
"The United Arab Emirates is hot, diverse and odd -- a lot like Florida. I will share stories that give you the flavor of the place and the people. Drawing on my 28 years as a Florida journalist, I will explain that Miami is as weird as Abu Dhabi and Orlando is as surreal as Dubai. On occasion, I'll just tell you in water-cooler language what's going on here in the volatile Middle East and why."
Rick Outzen
Rick Outzen's picture
The publisher/editor of Pensacola's Independent News, Rick Outzen is a political agnostic who challenges the status quo in the heart of the Bible Belt and still believes that words matter.
“I want to connect the dots, in a unique way that makes readers think."
Andrew J. Skerritt
Andrew J. Skerritt's picture
Former St. Petersburg Times columnist Andrew J. Skerritt is an assistant professor of journalism at Florida A&M University and the author of “Ashamed to Die: Silence, Denial and the AIDS Epidemic in the South."
"As a columnist my role has always been to tell the stories of everyday people struggling against extraordinary odds to secure their place in our impressive democracy. I’ll be writing about poverty, politics, health, immigration, family, fatherhood and turning fifty."
Florence Snyder
Florence Snyder's picture
Florence Snyder is a Tallahassee-based corporate lawyer and writer who has spent most of her career in and around newspapers. She also speaks and consults on ethics and management.
"Everybody talks about transparency and accountability, and for too many of our leaders, it's nothing but talk. I've seen everything that works in Florida and everything that doesn't, and I'm looking forward to sharing my views and comparing notes with Florida Voices' readers."
Pierre Tristam
Pierre Tristam's picture
Formerly a columnist and editorial writer at the Daytona Beach News-Journal and The Ledger in Lakeland, Pierre Tristam is the editor and publisher of FlaglerLive.com, a non-profit news service based in Palm Coast, Fla.
"As an immigrant I’m always abroad in my own home -- happily so: American politics and culture in their Florida dialects are eternal attractions rich in paradox. My columns are an attempt to decipher this continuing experiment in American nation-building."

by Dr. Radut.