ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA (June 1, 2020) — The St. Petersburg Group has added Dr. Kanika Tomalin, the city’s Deputy Mayor and City Administrator, to its ever-expanding roster of podcast hosts. Beginning in mid-June, Dr. Tomalin will host “Just Getting Started,” a bi-weekly program of interviews with local leaders in business, education, government, the arts and more.
Each podcast will be streamed via SPG’s St. Pete Catalyst social news platform.
“Just Getting Started” will take its place alongside “Innovation in the ‘Burg,” “He Said She Said,” “StPete X” and “Inspired Giving,” the St. Pete Catalyst podcasts focused on community and business news and exposition.
“The Catalyst is a conduit for our community’s best ideas,” says publisher Joe Hamilton, CEO of the St. Petersburg Group. “Our thought leaders start the conversation and we moderate comments so citizens can contribute additional insight unhindered by the negativity that plagues other platforms. We know that Dr. Tomalin will be a catalyst for many impactful conversations.”
The St. Pete Catalyst also produces two daily video interview programs: “Coronavirus Impact Insights,” with Joe Hamilton and Chris Steinocher, CEO of the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce; and “The Catalyst Sessions,” an arts-based livestream with Catalyst Arts & Culture Editor Bill DeYoung.
Thought leader, policy-maker, community ambassador and health advocate Kanika Tomalin is one of the most prominent and respected voices in St. Petersburg. She earned a B.S. in broadcast journalism from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, an MBA from the University of Miami and a Doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University.
“The Catalyst is existentially St. Pete,” she says. “All of the things that we most love and celebrate about our awesome city, I think are really well-represented and epitomized by the Catalyst. It’s a very reflective platform that’s responsive, allows a lot of latitude for authentic exchange, and has a pulse on everything that’s happening in the community as it unfolds.”