Meet Jared Rosenstein, one of the “30 Under 30” rising stars of Florida politics

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Transitioning from the Republican to the Democratic side of the aisle, 25-year-old Jared Rosenstein is wining raves for his work on the staff of another Jared, state Rep. Jared Moskowitz of Coral Springs.

“I got into politics during the 2008 presidential election. I was proudly supporting Sen. John McCain and I discovered that the vast majority of my then high school classmates blindly supported Sen. Barack Obama without knowing any of his specific positions. After much heated debate with my classmates, I decided to learn all I could about the political process,” he says.

Rosenstein got his start in politics while he was still a student at Florida State by emailing superlobbyist Ron Book and asking for advice. Book told the kid he had “chutzpah” and became a mentor. Since then he’s worked on campaigns for state Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, state Rep. Holly Raschein and state Rep. Bill Hager.

“Hyperpartisanship is a plague upon the process. While not everyone can make the transition from working with Republicans to Democrats; I am glad my ‘bipartisan’ personal philosophy has kept me effective.”

Twitter: @JaredRosenstein

Melissa Ross

In addition to her work writing for Florida Politics, Melissa Ross also hosts and produces WJCT’s First Coast Connect, the Jacksonville NPR/PBS station’s flagship local call-in public affairs radio program. The show has won four national awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). First Coast Connect was also recognized in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 as Best Local Radio Show by Folio Weekly’s “Best Of Jax” Readers Poll and Melissa has also been recognized as Folio Weekly’s Best Local Radio Personality. As executive producer of The 904: Shadow on the Sunshine State, Melissa and WJCT received an Emmy in the “Documentary” category at the 2011 Suncoast Emmy Awards. The 904 examined Jacksonville’s status as Florida’s murder capital. During her years in broadcast television, Melissa picked up three additional Emmys for news and feature reporting. Melissa came to WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. Married with two children, Melissa is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism/Communications. She can be reached at [email protected].


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