Mike Vasilinda received a Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Television Journalism in 2005 for his enterprising coverage of the controversial "Felons List" during the 2004 election cycle.
Mike is the longest continuously-serving member of the Capitol Press Corps. Mike began his career covering Florida Politics while still a student at Florida State University. In January 1974, he founded what is today Florida Public Radio’s "Capitol Report," a thirty minute weekly wrap up of legislative news. Soon thereafter, Ray Wise hired Mike to do freelance radio reporting.
He has brought a wealth of experience to his reports from Tallahassee as NewsChannel 7's Capitol Bureau Chief for the past 25 years. Mike is married to Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, a member of the Florida Bar and faculty member at Tallahassee Community College.
Alison MacKenzie, 43, was on an overnight catamaran tour in Rendezvous Caye when she went missing.
New Jersey is now the ninth state to ban the controversial legal strategy.
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