Gainesville, FL, 32611-3156
Steve Orlando entered journalism writing, editing and doing paste-up and layout for the weekly Gulf Breeze Sentinel near Pensacola. After earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from UF in 1986, he returned to UF in 1987 to pursue a degree in journalism and spent a semester as a stringer for the student newspaper, The Independent Florida Alligator, covering science and research.
In 1988, he accepted a position as a state desk reporter for The Tampa Tribune, where his beats throughout west Central Florida included cops, courts, schools, city and county government, general assignment and features. He also did part-time editing. Orlando joined News and Public Affairs in 1996 as news desk editor and senior writer. He became associate director in 2001 and director for print media in 2006. Orlando earned a master of arts in mass communication from UF in 2007.