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Szymanski, longtime biz journalist in Tampa, dies at 63

David Szymanski

David Szymanski, a business journalist in the Tampa Bay area dating back to the 1980s, died Tuesday at the age of 63 from cancer.

Szmanski spent 13 years at the Tampa Tribune as a business reporter and an assistant business editor. He left in 1998 to join the Tampa Bay Business Journal as editor.

He later was Tampa Bay editor for the Business Observer from 2007 to 2010.

Szymanski also worked in communications at TECO Energy, Seminole Electric Cooperative and JPMorgan Chase.

He held a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree from Michigan State University.

Chris Roush

Chris Roush was the dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He was previously Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in business journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former business journalist for Bloomberg News, Businessweek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is the author of the leading business reporting textbook "Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication" and "Thinking Things Over," a biography of former Wall Street Journal editor Vermont Royster.

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