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Manning Pynn
Manning Pynn has lived in Florida since childhood, growing up in the Orlando area and beginning a journalistic career with The Orlando Sentinel — first as a copyboy and then as the assistant to the newspaper’s owner, editor and publisher. Pynn went on to work as a reporter and, eventually, as the night city editor of The Tampa Tribune. From there he moved to The Miami Herald, where he successively was the night city editor, news editor, executive business editor and state editor. Pynn returned to the Sentinel in 1984, where he oversaw the launching of the weekly Central Florida Business (CFB) publication and subsequently managed a wide variety of newsroom divisions. He chaired the Sentinel’s editorial board for eight years, in the last of which The Sentinel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing.For seven years thereafter, Pynn was the newspaper’s ombudsman. While in that role, Pynn served as vice president and member of the board of directors of the international Organization of News Ombudsmen. He has a degree in political science from the University of South Florida, is studying media management at the University of Missouri and teaches journalism at the University of Central Florida and at Seminole State College, where he advises the student newspaper, The Scribe.