Klinkenberg, who wrote about Florida culture for the Tampa Bay Times for almost four decades, is the author of the book collection of essays, Alligators in B-Flat, published by University Press of Florida. Previous anthologies, Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators, Seasons of Real Florida and Dispatches from the Land of Flowers, have been best sellers.
Born in 1949, Klinkenberg grew up in Miami and began exploring the Florida Keys and the Everglades as a small boy. He started working at The Miami News when he was 16 and became a journalism graduate of the University of Florida. He’s in the UF Journalism College’s Hall of Fame.
He worked at the South’s largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times, beginning in 1977. He retired in 2014.
In 2015, he won the national Society of Features Journalism’s prestigious “Narrative Storytelling” award. In 2013, Klink’s non-deadline work won the “Green Eyeshade Award” for southern journalism. In 2010, Klink and photographer-videographer Maurice Rivenbark won the national Sigma Delta Chi Award for the online presentation of his column “Real Florida.” In 2007 and 2009, the American Association of Sunday Features Editors selected a body of Klink’s work as the best in the nation. He is a two-time winner of the Paul Hansell Distiguished Journalism Award, highest honor in state journalism, given annually to the writer with the best body of work by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors. He has been an adjunct instructor in the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and was the first “Writer in Residence” for the University of South Florida’s Florida Studies Graduate program. Esquire, Outside, Travel and Leisure, and Audubon are among the magazines that have published his stories.
“If Jeff Klinkenberg isn’t careful, he might give journalism a good name,’’ says the author Carl Hiaasen. “He has a rare eye for marvelous detail, and an affectionate ear for those small, wise, bittersweet voices that tell the true story ”