FLORIDA PRESS CLUB OFFICERS
Trisha Cormeny works as a page designer for The Daytona Beach News Journal and Flagler/Palm Coast News-Tribune.
She began her journalism career as a summer reporter for The Palatka Daily News in 2000 before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Jacksonville University in 2004.
Before joining The News-Journal, she worked in the positions of reporter, photographer, news editor, interim managing editor and special sections editor at various publications across North and Central Florida.
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Membership Coordinator – Anne Geggis
Anne Geggis, now a staff writer at the South Florida Sun Sentinel, is a veteran reporter who has worked at the Burlington (Vt.) Free Press, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun. Her work on a hospital sale conducted behind closed doors won both the Florida Press Club’s Frances DeVore Award for Public Service and the Sunshine Award from the National Society of Professional Journalists in 2011.
Immediate Past President – Sherry Mims
An avid traveler, Sherry Mims puts her expertise to work as an editor for AAA. She also freelances whenever possible. In a previous position at The Daytona Beach News-Journal, she served as copy editor, page designer and journalist for the daily. In 2006, she was interim features editor of The Daily Commercial in Leesburg.
Although she began her journalism career as features editor of The Oracle at the University of South Florida, her writing has since appeared in publications throughout Florida, including Lake & Sumter Style magazine, La Gaceta, The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Illustrated. She keeps a website at sherrymims.com and can be found on LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter (@sherrymims).
Jennifer D. Cason worked for The Daytona Beach News-Journal. She began her career in journalism at Starkville Daily News as the education reporter/news editor. Following college graduation, she interned at Southern Progress Corporation in Birmingham, Ala., and then moved to the Tampa area where she worked with Hernando Today as special sections and news/graphics editor. She also freelanced for the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss.
Cason earned her bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in journalism from Mississippi State University in 2002 and is actively pursuing her MBA.
Stephanie Slater served as the Florida Press Club’s president from October 2003 to October 2006. She now works as the public information officer of the Boynton Beach Police Department. Prior to leaving, Slater was the police reporter for the Palm Beach Post, covering law enforcement agencies in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. Prior to joining The Post, she spent two years on the police, fire rescue and courts beat at the Boca Raton News. She credits the Florida Press Club with helping her land a job at the Post. It was at the club’s 2002 convention in St. Augustine that she met Palm Beach Post Managing Editor Bill Rose. Slater got her start in journalism at age 16, freelancing for The Journal News in Rockland County, N.Y. She graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University in May 2000 with a degree in print journalism.
George McGinn, police reporter and photographer at the North Port edition of The Charlotte Sun, has 28 years of journalism experience as both a photographer and reporter.
McGinn started his career as a freelance photographer and writer for the Rockland Journal News in Nyack, N.Y. He also freelanced for the New York Post, New York Daily News, The Village Voice, and wrote magazine articles for Field and Stream and Tennis Match magazines.
McGinn left the industry in the 1980s and spent six years in law enforcement as an auxiliary police officer and then a full-time police officer. He also spent two years as a military policeman in the U.S. Army.
In 1997, McGinn moved to Sarasota, and started freelancing for Getty Images, the New York Post, the Bradenton Herald, E! Online, ASA Racing’s Actionline Newspaper, Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Knight Foundation, Canadian Television Network, and Oldies 108 Web site. His photography has appeared on encyclopedia.com, msn.com, and the Knight-Ridder Tribune News Service.
In 2003, McGinn took a job as the photo editor of the Venice Gondolier Sun. He transferred to the Charlotte Sun to work as a photographer for their North Port paper, and jumped into reporting, where he covered the city beat.
McGinn has won many awards from both the Florida Press Association and the Florida Press Club, including the FPC 2005 Francis DeVore Award for Public Service. He is also a 2005 Pulitzer finalist for his contribution as a photographer for the Charlotte Sun‘s coverage of Hurricane Charley.
Visit McGinn’s Web site at www.sportsshooter.com/gmcginn.