Post and Courier's John Frank Heading to Florida
In the fast-paced world of political reporting there are journalists ... and then there are storytellers.
For the past year and a half, South Carolina has been fortunate to have in its press ranks one of the latter, Charleston Post and Courier beat writer and columnist John Frank.
FITS has learned that after much deliberation, the 24-year old wunderkid has accepted a position with the St. Petersburg Times, the top daily newspaper in Florida and stepping stone to such sacred media institutions as the New York Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune.
Frank, who is scheduled to leave Columbia following the 2006 primary elections this June, is slated to cover courts, crime and local government in Tampa-St. Pete, but tells FITS he hopes to come back to South Carolina with the Times to cover our state's "First-in-the-South" 2008 Presidential primaries.
A former Washington D.C. correspondent for the Houston Chronicle, Frank made his mark quickly in South Carolina political circles, cultivating a diverse network of sources and producing volumes of edgy, insightful and at times controversial content for the Post. In addition to reporting, his Sunday columns quickly became "must-read material" for South Carolina powerbrokers and political junkies. Frank was also a frequently-cited (and frequently written about) personality on the burgeoning S.C. political blogosphere, as well as a regular contributor on Andy Thomas' statewide political radio program, "Inside the Bubble."
Frank tells FITS his decision was not easy. He says he grew to love South Carolina and its colorful political scene and that leaving it will be difficult for him, which is not at all surprising given the impressive network of friends, acquaintances and sources he was able to cultivate in such a short period of time.
Look for Frank to continue impressing in his new gig, where he not only will receive a well-deserved raise, but quintuple his audience as well.
FITS wishes you nothing but the best of luck in your new endeavor, John, and we'll be sure to leak a copy of the "Who's Hot at the State House" list to your soon-to-be colleagues down in Florida.
DR. EGGTOOTH, WE PRESUME?
FITS has just learned that House Ways & Means Chairman Dan "Egg-tooth" Cooper recently received an honorary doctorate from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, presumably for his consistent support of dental originality.
Let us be among the first to say, "Congratulations, Dr. Egg-tooth!"
Now show us your top teeth, dammit.
It's never easy to admit we were wrong about something, unless of course that something is "coming to grips" with lobbyist Meredith Strawhorn's legs ... well, maybe not her actual legs but the fact they clearly should have been included in our recent FITS/ZZ TOP "Best Legs at the State House" list.
We'd also like to show a little "leg love" to another gal who without question belonged on that list, lobbyist Ashley Smith.
It appears the boys from ZZ TOP (all in their sixties) may have overlooked some of the real "Young Guns" at the State House in compiling their selections, for which we here at FITS sincerely apologize.