TAMPA (Dec. 3, 2014) – Visit Tampa Bay, Hillsborough County’s primary tourism agency, has hired two veterans of the Tampa Bay news business to tell the region’s story through local, national and international media.
Dave Reynolds, a former sports reporter and anchor at WFLA-TV NewsChannel 8 and Fox Sports Florida handles national and international media. He travels across the U.S. and internationally – most recently to New York City and Toronto — promoting the treasures to be found in the Tampa Bay region to journalists working in print, broadcast and online media. He also hosts visiting journalists who come to Tampa Bay on assignment.
Reynolds, a veteran broadcaster and Iowa State University grad, worked in Louisville, Ky., before coming to Tampa Bay in 2003. He lives in Tampa.
Former Tampa Tribune reporter Kevin Wiatrowski handles local and state-level media relations. He is responsible for developing relationships with print, broadcast and online media in the Tampa Bay market and across Florida to keep Visit Tampa Bay and its mission in the public eye. He also works with meeting trade publications and writes and edits many of the organization’s publications and marketing materials, including the annual “Invasion Guide” distributed to tour operators and meeting planners.
Before coming to Visit Tampa Bay, he spent 11 years at the Tampa Tribune covering Tampa City Hall and, before that, Pasco County. He graduated from the University of Virginia and the University of Missouri. He lives in Wesley Chapel.
Charlena Owens, now in her fifth year at Visit Tampa Bay, is the third member of the organization’s media relations team. She coordinates visits by journalists, designing itineraries that showcase the area’s premier hotels and restaurants. She also manages digital and print advertising campaigns and writes press releases.
Owens is a native of Tampa and graduated from Florida A&M University. She is studying for a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. In 2013, she was honored among the “30 Under 30” by the Destination Marketing Association International, the umbrella group for tourism organizations. She lives in Tampa.
“I’m happy to have Dave, Kevin and Charlena on the job keeping the public informed about all the exciting things happening at Visit Tampa Bay and in our whole destination,” said Santiago Corrada, Visit Tampa Bay’s president and CEO. “As we grow as both an organization and a destination, their hard work will only increase in importance.”
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Visit Tampa Bay leads the effort of economic development through tourism. The mission of Visit Tampa Bay is to create vibrant economic growth for the Tampa Bay area by selling and promoting the Tampa Bay destination. The independent not-for-profit organization represents more than 700 businesses throughout the area and works to ignite interest for Visiting Tampa Bay.