Political reporting veteran Scott Powers joining Extensive Enterprises Media - Florida Politics

Political reporting veteran Scott Powers joining Extensive Enterprises Media

Scott Powers

The Orlando Sentinel’s loss is Florida Politics’ gain.

Scott Michael Powers, a veteran reporter who has worked at the Sentinel the past 15 years, is joining the Florida Politics roster of writers, publisher Peter Schorsch announced Wednesday.

Powers – who for the past five years has covered government, politics, NASA, Kennedy Space Center and business – also will be leading coverage for the soon-to-launch Orlando Rising website, another project of Extensive Enterprises Media.

“There are few political reporters more trusted or more experienced than Scott,” Schorsch said. “Readers who have enjoyed his unique coverage of Sunshine State politics will be able to continue to do so at his new home, where we are very fortunate to have him.”

Powers has worked on the Sentinel’s investigative projects desk, and covered Orlando theme parks and tourism business, transportation, and higher education.

Prior to that, he spent 19 years reporting for The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, and smaller newspapers in Ohio and Texas.

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During his career he has won numerous awards for both enterprise and investigative reporting.

“I’m convinced that what Florida Politics is doing represents the future of journalism, and I am very excited to have this chance to to be a part of it,” Powers said. “I’m sure we’ll be able to deliver Orlando-area political news and insight on a very high level, with maybe a dash of amusement.”

Powers, 56, and wife Connie, a speech pathologist, have three grown children and live in east Orange County. He has roots in both Ohio and San Antonio.

He is a journalism graduate of Ohio University, though he defaults to rooting for the Buckeyes whenever his OU Bobcats are out of national championship contention.

Powers joins other recent arrivals at Florida Politics, including Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, a 10-year veteran of the Naples Daily News now writing on regional and statewide politics and policy from her Southwest Florida base; and Jim Rosica, The Tampa Tribune’s former Capitol reporter now covering state government from Tallahassee.

Jim Rosica covers state government from Tallahassee for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

3 Comments

  1. Mr. Powers, what happened at the Orlando Sentinel even my “friend” Mike Lafferty is gone. (correction on the previous post YOU is your…..I am stupid and can prove it. Happy New Year at YOUR new challenging Job. …Mr. Powers YOU should write a story about why someone with six children is running for U.S. Senate (Bruce Nathan); I am amazed at the character and goals of ALL No Party Candidates for the U.S. Senate. Alan Grayson will have an easy time beating Patrick Murphy but with so many real effective candidates including L.A. Jones there is little likelihood that Alan Grayson will beat Ron DeSantis.

  2. Lateresa Jones (D) – Life Coach & ’14 Lt. Gov. Candidate
    Herman Lee Giger (NPA) – Airlne Pilot, Flight Instructor & Frequent Candidate
    Sean Guthrie (NPA) – Financial Advisor & Animal Shelter Owner
    Howard Knepper (NPA) – Real Estate Developer, Court Guardian Ad Litem for Children & Frequent Candidate
    Steve Machat (NPA) – Attorney & Author
    Bruce Nathan (NPA) – Physical Therapist & Army Veteran
    Walter Osborne (NPA) – Retired College Professor, Engineer & ’14 State Sen. Candidate
    Charles Tolbert (NPA) – Minister, Retired Army Master Sergeant, Vietnam War Veteran & ’14 Gov. Candidate
    Paiboon Sunthonchart Jr. (Write-In) – Writer, Anti-Sorcery Activist & ’12 Candidate

    The U.S. Senate Race 2016
    From the Bottom of the Barrel (Ballot) looking UP

    Lateresa Jones currenlty a democrat will likely run as NPA thereby challenging Ron DeSantis and Alan Grayson (Patrick Murphy)
    Yet the bottom of the ballot is like the bottom of the barrel, candidates willing to spend $7000 to simply challenge Alan Grayson

    During 2014 Charlie Crist proved that a NPA candidate can beat any democratic party candidate.

    So it should not be shocking for L.A. Jones to beat the democratic party candidate whether it is PM or Alan Grayson.

    Yet to fully understand what is happening down here in the bottom of the barrel YOU should investigate the goals and
    experiences of the bottom of the ballot candidates.

    It is IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT Walter Osborne will not be running for U.S. Senate based upon some inside information.

    There is a possiblility that Richard Paul Dembinsky will waste his $7000 to run for U.S. Senate rather than the current Congressional Race District 6.

    What will it mean to have so many candidates, will they impact the election results?

    Alan Grayson does not appeal to most of the NPA candidates, yet Ron DeSantis if he runs strong could get some of the extra votes needed to win from supporters of the NPA crowd.

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