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George McGinn

Citizen based in Venice, FL, United States, United States. Joined on Jun 10, 2014
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I am an award-winning journalist, including a Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Charlotte Sun's 2005 staff entry covering Hurricane Charley. I also won the Florida Press Club's Frances DeVore award for Investigative Reporting, writing a 3-month series that uncovered an illegal toxic dump run by the city of North Port in the middle of a populated community on both city and private properties.
In 2010, at the organization's 50th anniversary, I was inducted into the International Freelance Photographer's Association's Photographer's Hall of Fame (only 3,900 out of 80,000+ members were inducted).
I am a Past President of the Florida Press Club, and served 3 years on its board of directors. (
While reporting, I covered crimes and courts; investigative reporting; city and county reporting; travel writing and photography, features, and enterprise pieces. I am also an accomplished award-winning photojournalist.
My expertise and practical experience in the military, law enforcement, firefighting, heavy rescue and emergency medicine allowed me unprecedented access to get and write stories and take photographs.
Also, with my six-years spent in law enforcement in the military police (SRT units), federal and civilian levels, and my college training and experience as a paralegal, I also am a subject matter expert on crime, police tactics and SOP's, courts (including Supreme Court decisions), trials, legal tactics and understanding briefs, motions and other court documents, jails, parole and probation, criminal profiling, and forensic sciences (to name a few).
For fun I am an amateur astronomer, photography, fishing, and plays the guitar and keyboards. I also help people train their dogs.
Being an amateur astronomer I am also a subject matter expert, having worked on projects and worked on writing scientific papers. I am well versed in science.

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