Bob Norman

News Director

Bob Norman is a veteran Florida journalist whose work exposing corruption has led to indictments of several public officials and the removal of misbehaving judges from the bench. He began reporting in Florida in 1993, with tenures at the Fort Myers News-Press, the New Times, and investigative reporter for WPLG-Channel 10 in Miami. Now a contributing writer for Columbia Journalism Review and the Washingtonian, Norman has received dozens of journalism honors, including the Livingston Award.

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Sacred Scheme: How Florida Taxpayers Fund A Christian Campaign Aimed At Pregnant Women

When a pregnant woman walks into the state-subsidized Pregnancy Help and Information Center (PHI) in Tallahassee for help, she’ll likely get a dose of Christian …

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Top taxpayer-funded anti-abortion center in Florida abruptly shuts down amid IRS trouble

Yohanka Reyes considers her anti-abortion crusade nothing short of a mission from God.  Reyes, who goes by “Yoi,” often tells her story of birthing a …

Byron Donalds, right, with top aide Larry WIlcoxson, smoking cigar, at Capitol, and former Congressman Madison Cawthorn.

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Controversy surrounds GOP star Rep. Byron Donalds over heated confrontations and top advisor’s disturbing arrest history

When U.S. Rep. Byron Donalds is mentioned in the media, his name is routinely preceded by the same two words: “rising star.”  Donalds has completed …

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FLCGA’s Q and A with investigative reporter Mike DeForest about DeSantis records scoop

It started with something most journalists in Florida will tell you is commonplace: a public records request with a state agency that takes a ridiculous …

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Rampant cronyism, nepotism plague Broward County water utility

As an elected official, Vincent Moretti’s job is to oversee the North Springs Improvement District (NSID), a public utility that services large portions of Coral …

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On eve of Ian landfall, Collier chairman cast ethically questionable vote on housing development

Rae Ann Burton sat in the Collier County Commission meeting on the morning before Hurricane Ian struck, wondering why she had to be there at …

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Water official pockets $240,000 on public land sale, cites ethics “loophole”

Running the water district that serves Parkland and Coral Springs has become an incredibly lucrative government job, a place where the official who manages it …

Two female swimmers, one blond, one redhead, in mermaid costumes in front of a pool.

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Aquaticats 3: BSO Lieutenant Admits He Ran Background Checks on Wife’s Former Coworkers

A lieutenant with the Broward Sheriff’s Office admitted under oath during an internal affairs investigation interview that he ran restricted law enforcement database checks on …

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Parkland mayor received secret $20k contract from agency behind controversial development

When it comes to the controversial plan to put commercial development on a defunct golf course on the edge of the Everglades, Parkland Mayor Rich …

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Right to publish: Withheld identity of deputy involved in fatal shooting revealed

Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt Hoffman doesn’t want the public to know the identity of two deputies involved in the shooting of 65-year-old Jeremiah Evans and …

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Top public official has past business ties, other links to favored Heron Bay developer

The young mother held her daughter in one arm and the mic in the other as she addressed public officials in a room packed with …

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Mermaid-Snooping Broward Deputy to Face Criminal Review

Broward sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Mellies appears to have abused his authority when he dug up protected driver’s license information on several swimmers who perform in …