Paige St. John has been a working journalist for more than three decades, covering Florida politics, the environment and natural disasters. Her prior posts include statehouse bureau chief for Gannett News Service, environment reporter for The Detroit News, and a wide range of writing beats for the Associated Press in Michigan and West Virginia. In 2008, St. John joined the Sarasota-Herald Tribune as an investigative reporter.
A product of what was once the nation’s smallest accredited journalism program, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, St. John continues the school’s tradition of multi-faceted journalism. She specializes in database-driven projects, graphics and web sites, narrative writing and investigative journalism. In May 2011 she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting for her work on Florida’s property insurance system, as well as the William Brewster Styles Award from Scripps Howard and a National Headliner award.