Jared Leone


Award-winning, experienced multimedia reporter and editor looking to share stories with impact. Good teammate and team leader. Developed and covered stories with state and national interest for media groups including The Associated Press, Reuters, The Washington Post and The Tampa Bay Times. I enjoy finding and spotlighting stories that engage the community and initiate change.


Working knowledge of various content management systems, SEO optimization, social media marketing, Audacity, iMovie, Microsoft Office, Adobe creative products, Cascading Style Sheet and HTML web design.


Cox Media Group                                                                                         Feb. 2015  to September 2021
National Content Editor

Develop national strategic content for newspaper, television and radio station’s digital properties. Use digital reporting tools and rely on news judgment to find and produce stories that consistently drive traffic for a national audience.

University of South Florida St. Petersburg                                                           Aug. 2015 to Aug. 2016  Graduate Research Assistant

Edited and guided coverage for Neighborhood News Bureau, a capstone reporting class for senior and graduate students.

Freelance writer, reporter                                                                                               Jan. 2014 to present

Regularly received assignments, covered news and developed features for various publications including The Associated Press, Tampa Bay Times, 83 Degrees Media, Creative Loafing, Reuters, the Washington Post, Visit Clearwater, and Visit Florida. Also contributed reporting to the The Miami New Times and The Sun of London.

AOL/Clearwater Patch                                                                                                                              2010 to 2013    Local Editor

Edited copy, produced video, took photographs, developed feature stories, covered breaking news and local government. Assigned and edited stories leading a team of freelance writers.

St. Petersburg Times                                                                                                                    2007 to 2010  Staff Writer

Covered features, breaking news, local and state government and politics. Produced multimedia audio and slideshow packages. Administrator for one of the newspaper’s first community blogs. One of the first reporters to use Twitter to report a story

Freelance Writer, Reporter                                                                                                             2006 to 2007

Covered state and national politics and court cases in the Tampa Bay area for The Associated Press. Covered front page stories for St. Petersburg Times regional editions as well as its “Top of the Class” full page feature. Covered city government and breaking news for Tampa Bay Newspapers weekly newspapers. 

Sami Al Arian terrorist trial, Tampa, Fla.                                                                                              2005  Media Liaison

Coordinated the daily release of evidence to national and Tampa Bay area media outlets during the six month trial.

Independent Florida AlligatorGainesville, Fla.                                                                   2003 to 2004  Reporter

Covered student, city and county government, university administration, local elections and the 2004 presidential election for The Independent Florida Alligator, the country’s largest circulating daily college newspaper.


The Studio Review, St. Petersburg, Fla.                                                                                                   2010  Managing Editor

Led a team in the creation of a Panorama-style news, features and arts broadsheet publication in accord with the Studio@620 art gallery’s five-year anniversary. Edited and solicited content. Worked to create publishing agreement with local alternative weekly Creative Loafing.

The Sequitur.com                                                                                                                         2005 to 2008  Contributing Editor

Aggregated and curated stories. Edited contributed content for online daily report. Guided and reported coverage of the 2006 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.


Master of Arts in Digital Journalism and Design
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg, Fla.

Bachelor of Science in Journalism
University of Florida
Gainesville, Fla.

Associate in Arts
St. Petersburg College
Clearwater, Fla.


Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Community Service Award – 2020                                              President’s Volunteer Service, Lifetime Achievement Award – 2015                                                    First Place – Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists Griot Drum Awards, Features, Print, 2014


Vice President, Board of Directors, Keep Pinellas Beautiful, 2020 to present                          Chairman, Environmental Advisory Board, City of Clearwater, 2016 to present
Puppyraiser, Southeastern Guide Dogs, 2014 to present
Pinellas County Habitat for Humanity, 2008, 2011
Public records auditor, Florida Society of News Editors, 2008


Graduate – City of Clearwater Citizens Academy, 2015
Member – University of Florida Alumni Association
Member – Alligator Alumni Association
Member – University of Florida Soils and Agronomy Club, 2002
Member – Lucent Technologies Explorer Program, 2001
Participant – March of the Living, 2000

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