The American Independent News Network

May 24, 2010
Contact: Hanaa Rifaey
Mobile: 202.379.8184
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The Florida Independent launched this morning at with a featured story about a recent pipe-bomb attack on a Jacksonville mosque highlighting tensions over the appointment of a Muslim to the local Human Rights Commission.  This afternoon will bring a piece describing how Gov. Charlie Crist's environmental record led to his departure from the Republican Party, followed by another about Miami students lobbying Florida lawmakers to support the DREAM Act, each present on the home page of The Florida Independent.

"As the newest arm of The American Independent News Network, our mission is simple," said Cooper Levey-Baker, editor of The Florida Independent. "To publish stories that shed light on underreported issues, to write pieces that make complicated issues clearer, to deliver the knowledge you need to make informed decisions about our democracy and better serve our communities. Simple maybe, but also ambitious, and we're thrilled to take on the challenge."

Levey-Baker is leading a fleet-footed team made up of four reporters and three freelancers based throughout Florida.  The team will deliver daily original investigative reporting and analysis of state and local issues.

"As newsrooms have been shrinking, the amount and quality of original investigated news making it into the hands of the public has declined.  We have been successful in helping fill this void with six other news sites around the country and know we can do the same here in Florida," said David Bennahum, President and CEO of The American Independent News Network, publisher of The Florida Independent.

For more information or to speak to Levey-Baker, please contact Hanaa Rifaey at 202.379.8184.

The American Independent News Network investigates and disseminates news that impacts public debate and advances the common good. To accomplish its mission, The American Independent News Network operates a nonprofit, nonpartisan network of online news sites: The Colorado Independent, The Iowa Independent, The Florida Independent, The Michigan Messenger, The Minnesota Independent, The New Mexico Independent and The Washington Independent.

The Florida Independent is a nonprofit, nonpartisan online news site, providing daily original investigative reporting and analysis of state and local issues.  The Florida Independent was established through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice in partnership with The American Independent News Network.

The reports and views of The Florida Independent do not represent the official positions of Gulf Coast Community Foundation, its Board, or its staff.

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