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Mike Deeson retires after 35 years at WTSP…

In an announcement on Facebook yesterday, veteran WTSP investigative reporter Mike Deeson announced that he had retired from the Tampa station.

He said on Facebook (edited): “I know this will come as a surprise to many of my friends in Tampa Bay, but I have decided to retire from Channel 10 effective today. This will give me the time to put more effort into many of other projects I have been trying to juggle while working full time.

At 68 years old, it’s something I have been thinking about for a while especially because of the changing landscape of TV news, and I know this is the right time.

Also, I didn’t want the long goodbye tour; I would rather rip off the bandage and go forward with my decision immediately. My nature is to come to a conclusion and act on it quickly without looking back.

Timing in a decision like this is always critical. As some of my friends know, I’m finishing up a book about my almost 50 years in the business that is extremely frank and I’ve always thought it would be better to try to get it published after I left the station .

I want to thank all the people who have been so kind to me over the years…the viewers, my colleagues, the friends I have made. I have loved every minute I’ve spent with all of you.

To everything there is a season- for now, this is my season to leave Channel 10.

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03 2017

HCSO deputy sues WTSP/Mike Deeson…

(from TampaBay.com) – A deputy in the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is suing the owner of Tampa’s WTSP and reporter Mike Deeson, saying the station aired a story unfairly edited to make it appear the officer was laughing at quadriplegic jail inmate Brian Sterner when he was dumped from a wheelchair. A lawyer for Cpl. Steven Dickey filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, seeking a judgment in excess of $15,000. His action contends WTSP’s story on the incident drew the officer unfairly into the controversy and led to global ridicule when the footage became a viral sensation on the Internet. The lawsuit accuses WTSP of deliberately editing video of the moment on Jan. 29 2008 when inmate Brian Sterner was hurled from his wheelchair, making it appear that Dickey participated and was laughing at Sterner’s difficulty….Cont…..

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11 2009

Deeson honored/WTSP brings in the Emmy’s…

(from TBO.com) -Veteran WTSP, Channel 10, reporter Mike Deeson was honored Saturday night with the Silver Circle Award by the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at its annual Emmy Award Ceremony in Orlando. The award recognizes individuals who have devoted a quarter of a century or more to the television industry. Deeson also won an Emmy for his reporting for 10 Connects. The station collected seven Emmys: 10 Connects reporter Preston Rudie received three Emmys, one for On-Camera Talent – Sports, another for Sports – News Single Story or Series, and a third for Feature News Report. 10 Connects photojournalist Angela Clooney received two Emmys for her work on a sports feature. And 10 Connects Director of Photography Gene Yagle earned an Emmy for his work in Feature News Reports.

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12 2009

Warren Elly to retire from WTVT…

(from TampaBay.com) – Even while talking about slowing down and retiring, WTVT-Ch. 13 reporter Warren Elly can’t help using kinetic words full of energy and action.

“I’ve always been a daily news reporter; all I’ve ever done is turn and burn,” said Elly, who first started work at WTVT in 1982. “I gotta get out of the grind. It’s time to slow down.”

Elly, who joins Ch. 10 reporter Mike Deeson as the area’s longest-tenured street reporters on local TV, will leave the daily news chasing business come July 5, just short of 29 years at WTVT and after nearly 40 years in journalism overall.

He said the decision was his idea, sparked by recently turning 60 and realizing he was still obsessing over stories at a time when many are finding more fulfilling ways to spend their golden years (a little prodding from wife Lona didn’t hurt)….Cont….

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04 2011

Judge throws out defamation suit…

(from TampaBay.com) – A defamation lawsuit filed last year by a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputy against the owner of St. Petersburg CBS affiliate WTSP-Ch. 10 and reporter Mike Deeson has ended with a summary judgment favoring Deeson and the station.

Back in 2009, Cpl. Steven Dickey sued Gannett Co. and Deeson, saying the reporter selectively edited video to make it appear the officer was laughing at quadriplegic jail inmate Brian Sterner when he was dumped from a wheelchair. His action contended WTSP’s story on the incident drew the officer unfairly into the controversy and led to global ridicule when the footage became a viral sensation on the Internet….Cont….

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09 2010