This past week, Tallahassee Reports had the help of an intern in covering local news. The intern, who shall remain nameless, had significant experience. He had a four year degree in journalism and was working on a Masters degree. He had also worked as an intern with an NPR affiliate in South Florida.
TR was excited to have him here….until he met Mayor Andrew Gillum.
Here’s what happened.
TR’s intern was covering the City Commission meeting last week and at its conclusion asked Mayor Gillum to comment on a couple of the meeting topics.
The response from the Mayor of the Capital city of the fourth largest state in our union was, “I don’t give quotes to Tallahassee Reports.”
The intern, wise beyond his years, told me he had never experienced such unprofessional behavior from an elected official.
Welcome to Tallahassee! How embarrassing.
It is obvious to me, and others they do not have the courage to say it in public, Andrew Gillum is in over his head as the Mayor of our city.
It is no secret that he does not like to get questions about the under the radar activities he is involved in.
Now it is true that Tallahassee Reports does not coddle Mr. Gillum like some of the beat reporters from other local news organizations. And we never will.
As a news organization we would like to get input from our Mayor on issues. Input like we get from other elected officials. But TR will never compromise our reporting to ensure an elected official is nice to us.