Caitlin Johnston on Muck Rack

Caitlin Johnston

Tampa, Fla.
Transportation Beat Reporter — Tampa Bay Times
Covers:  personality profiles, crime and courts, local politics, fitness, music, hiv/aids, community arts

I attend 8-hour public meetings and read transportation studies from the 1960s so you don't have to. (@TB_Times transportation and general assignments reporter)

What was your first job as a journalist?

I started working in student journalism in 7th grade. My first professional gig was when I was 19 and interned at a magazine in London.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

I'm probably one of the last kids to grow up on one. My dad was a professor, and I'd write stories on it when I was stuck in his office.

Did you work for your high school newspaper? If so, what did you do there?

Sure did. Lived in that newsroom through senior year, when I was editor-in-chief. I still credit my adviser for launching me into journalism

Hearst Journalism Award

2011 - National Championship
Placed second in the national championship held in San Francisco. Competitors, who previously placed first in one of the monthly competitions, had two days to write three stories.