Hometown: Newburyport, Massachusetts, but he moved to Florida when he was 7.
Birthday: Sept. 13
Alex Tiegen, editor for New Port Richey Patch, is a journalist and longtime Florida resident who has experience in covering community news, business issues and politics. Since moving to the state at the age of 7, he has written about, lived in or visited almost every major metropolitan area in the state.
He started his career as a full-time temporary staff writer for the Valley News in 2008. While at the paper, he reported on the people, government and camels of the Upper Valley, a cluster of communities on the border of Vermont and New Hampshire.
He returned to Florida and spent about two years freelancing for several daily or weekly news publications in South Florida, including Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, Forum Publishing Group, the Miami New Times and Broward/Palm Beach New Times.
He was also one of the first staff writers for the Sunshine State News, a web start-up covering business and politics in Florida for a conservative readership.
In his free time, Alex love to ride his bike, spend time in nature and read. He reads everything: Novels, narrative and in-depth journalism, nonfiction, mostly about history and graphic novels with pretty, pretty pictures.
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I'm registered as a Democrat, but I don't let my political beliefs influence my reporting. I have worked for news outlets that are conservative, liberal and centrist. One of my favorite parts of being a journalist is the thrill annd challenge of looking at both sides of an argument and presenting them fairly.
I'm a casual Jew. I don't actively practice the religion, but I like to think I stay faithful to the culture and key tenets of Judaism. Staying kosher is easy when you're a vegetarian.
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Having just moved to the Tampa Bay area, I'm still getting a feel for New Port Richey. I'm excited to discover more about the community, and you'll probably see me exploring the area with a notebook or laptop in hand. If you see me walking or driving down the street, stop by and chat awhile.