Mike Thomas is a former columnist with the Orlando Sentinel. A graduate of the University of Florida, he began his newspaper career in 1978 with the High Springs Herald. Thomas was also a reporter for the Florida Today newspaper before joining the Sentinel in 1983. He has been a beat reporter, special projects reporter, editorial writer, magazine writer, and columnist. He has won numerous state and national awards for investigative reporting, feature writing and column writing. He writes about a wide range of topics, including politics, the space program and the environment. Education is a particular passion. Thomas is currently the Senior Manager for Construction Communications for the Orange County School District in Orlando.