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Tracy Swartz
1402 N.W. Sixth Place
Gainesville, FL 32603

SwartzLTK@aol.com

 

EXPERIENCE

Bernard H. Ridder Fellow, The Duluth News Tribune, Duluth, MN
June-August 2003
Covered a murder investigation from the crime scene to pre-trial motions. Published six front-page articles in seven weeks.

Reporting Intern, The Roanoke Times, Roanoke, VA
April-June 2003
Flew in a four-seat Cessna to report on the elimination of the Virginia Tech flight instruction program. Wrote city council, business and breaking news stories.

Reporting Intern, USA Today and USA Today.com, McLean, VA
January-April 2003
Created databases and researched space shuttle flights for a package on the Columbia space shuttle flight produced by the newspaper's special projects team. Wrote stories, created Web pages for the travel section's Web site.

Correspondent, The St. Petersburg Times, Florida
July-December 2002
Covered a D.C. sniper victim's memorial service and profiled an entomology professor who examines bug splats in two of a few stories written for the 331,905 circulation daily.

Associate Editor, The Independent Florida Alligator, Gainesville, FL
September 2000 - Present
Witnessed an execution for the largest college newspaper in the nation.

Reporting Intern, Roll Call, Washington, DC
January-April 2002
Helped break the story that irradiated mail could be linked to various illnesses reported by Congressional aides. Wrote a variety of breaking news and features.

EDUCATION

The University of Florida, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
BA expected May 2004

AWARDS
First place general reporting, Society of Professional Journalists Mid-Florida
Third place breaking news story, SPJ Mark of Excellence
Third place in-depth reporting, SPJ Mark of Excellence
Honorable mention short feature, SPJ Mid-Florida

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