Pensacola, Florida
Tuesday August 14th 2018

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Outtakes 7/4/13

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

For 14 years, the Independent News has fought for this community. You have watched us grow, change and mature as your advocate. Our voice, style and look have evolved over the years. And I’ve been blessed to work with some very talented, bright and colorful people.

When the Independent News came on the scene, there was nothing like us in print in Northwest Florida. Most tabloid publications were all fluff, marketing and some entertainment.

We did investigative reporting, took stands on issues and refused to cave into advertising and political pressure. We were called a “rag” and “scandal sheet,” but we had a vision for the community we love to be a great place to live for all of us, not just a few.

We dared to point out the “elephants” in the room, to ruffle feathers and to ask questions some people didn’t want to answer. Several times, particularly after Hurricane Ivan, we were on the brink of collapse. Our staff, vision and my hubris kept us publishing and improving.

As more and more of our reporting led to indictments, arrests, election victories and awards, the IN began to garner attention locally, statewide and nationally. Readers trusted our coverage.

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