Bad News For You Is Good News For Me!

By Mike Deeson

An insider and behind the scenes look at investigative reporting from an award-winning investigative reporter. First-hand intimate stories, not only about the workings of local television news, but also events and personalities that shaped the last 50 years including: Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan; my experiences in Saudi Arabia with General Norman Schwarzkopf before the First Gulf War; Klan cross burnings and a Klan riot; An insider view of Florida executions including “Old Sparky”, the electric chair; Encounters with Colonel Harland Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken Fame, Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys, Mob Lawyer Frank Ragano as well as mob chieftain Santos Trafficante Jr; Talk Show King Larry King; Cybil Shepherd; Baseball Hall of Famer, Ernie Banks; Hockey Hall of Famer Phil Esposito; behind the scenes of several Super Bowls; Baseball expansion; Tragedies in Space; Kimberly Mays who was switched at birth; the fight to let Terri Schiavo die naturally and many more.


Meet the Author

Mike Deeson


Mike Deeson is a 12 Time Emmy Winning Investigative Reporter and the only broadcast journalist in the State to be honored by the Society of Professional Journalists as the Florida Journalist of the year. In all Deeson has been nominated for more than 40 Emmy Awards.

Deeson who was also honored with the life time achievement Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Arts and Science(NATAS) is a Six time winner of the Green Eyeshade Awards (the oldest journalism competition in the Southeast sponsored by the Atlanta Chapter of SPJ); a two time winner of the Edward R Murrow Award; and winner of more than 50 Associated Press and United Press International Awards including Top Broadcast Journalist of the year at least once in 4 decades. He also was chosen the Outstanding Broadcast Reporter in the Southeast.

In 2015 Influence Magazine named Deeson one of the 100 most influential people affecting Florida Politics.

Mike Deeson is also an Emmy nominated BMI songwriter who spent 15 years as the regional coordinator for the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). He has more than 500 songs in his catalogue.

A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Deeson has been a working Journalist since the 60’s spending 35 years at WTSP TV the CBS Affiliate in Tampa Bay. Mike is married to Laurie Garrett and has two children and two grandchildren.


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