Our Contributors

Welcome to Destination Tampa Bay. Destination Tampa Bay contributors offer the leading information to support Tampa Bay as the ideal destination for entertainment, sport, and other recreational activities. At Destination Tampa Bay, we aim to help all visitors and locals to the area get accurate information about the various events, sporting activities and tourist attractions that can be found in the area.

Destination Tampa Bay covers a broad range of information that can be helpful to you, whether you reside in the area or you are visiting it for the first time.  We have some great people helping to bring this information to you!  Here is a  little information about the contributors to Destination Tampa Bay and Destination Publications:

Meet Chris Kuhn- Contributing Writer

Chris Kuhn Destination Tampa Bay Contributor

Chris  Kuhn is a freelance writer, editor and blogger who lives in the Tampa suburbs with her husband and a rambunctious Shih Tzu. She is a frequent contributor to area print and online publications and previously served as editor for a local women’s publication.

A graduate of Florida State University, Chris has been published nationally and written two books, her most recent, an anthology celebrating public art as a central focal point for storytelling across various Florida communities including Tampa. Chris loves exploring area museums, art galleries and parks and is on a mission to locate a a good Thai restaurant in every corner of the Tampa Bay area.

Meet our Restaurant Contributor Pat Brooks (Pinellas) 

Since her early childhood and through a career in television and radio, Pat has always loved to write. Her media career began as a producer/host at Tampa’s WEDU television station, followed by news reporting, anchoring and air personality with Q105’s legendary Q Morning Zoo with Scott Shannon and Cleveland Wheeler. Since 2002, she has worked from her own recording studio as a voice artist and is a voice for animal welfare whenever possible.

Published works include magazine and newspaper features on auto racing, travel, animals and poetry. She also has authored two children’s books, Miss Marble’s Backyard Critters and the upcoming Miss Marble’s Extreme Adventures.  Pat Brooks was restaurant feature writer for Tampa Bay’s Best and Destination Tampa Bay magazines.

“It seems many of life’s best times take place around the table, savoring food, conversation and laughter, making even the simplest meal memorable,” our new writer says. “As Destination Tampa Bay’s online dining correspondent, experiencing a variety of restaurants and writing about them will be a labor of love.”

Meet our Restaurant Contributor Wendy Keppley (Hillsborough) 

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Wendy Keppley, a native of Florida, loves writing in many styles. At the University of Central Florida, her poetry appeared in the student newspaper. Her published work includes book reviews in the Tampa Tribune, short stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Reader’s Digest, Odet Literary Journal, and Florida Writer’s Association Collections Top Ten in 2017.

A school guidance counselor for troubled teens for 41 years, Wendy also taught college courses to high school honor students. When she’s not kayaking, reading, practicing yoga or exploring waterfalls, Wendy is seeking delicious dining experiences to share with others!

Meet our Restaurant Contributor Dr. David Mototoff (South Pinellas/St Pete) 

Dr. David Mokotoff Restaurant Reviews for Best Dining Destinations in Tampa Bay

Destination Tampa Bay welcomes the newest member of our team of restaurant aficionados. Dr. David Mokotoff will be visiting restaurants throughout the Tampa Bay area and telling our readers about them. A retired cardiologist with a passion for writing, Dr. Mokotoff’ other retirement hobby is cooking, so he will bring an appreciation for good food to his new role. He will be focusing primarily on the South Pinellas including St Pete!

He has authored many scientific as well as medical interest articles. His publications include “Remembering Earl” in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), “Why I’m Leaving Private Practice” in Physicians Practice Magazine, “Why I Brought Spirituality to My Medical Practice” in Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal, and “Never Too Late to Fall in Love” in Florida Sportsman. Dr. Mokotoff has been interviewed by local Tampa and St. Petersburg media. He has authored a memoir and most recently “Dark and Light: A Short Story Collection.”

Meet Jackie McCallum-Editorial Director

Meet Jackie McCallum, our Editorial Director. A retired high school journalism teacher, she has worked as a sports columnist and a marketing and public relations writer. Jackie brings a wealth of experience to the position. She served for five years as Editorial Director for Destination Publications, overseeing the far-reaching articles that appeared in the popular magazine that was a sister publication to this website.

A Florida resident for the last 28 years, our Editorial Director is a native of Illinois. When not putting together information regarding the many activities that make the Sunrise Side of Tampa Bay such a great destination location, she enjoys playing golf and bridge as well as reading and keeping in contact with her family.

Meet Shawn LaFata-Sports Writer

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Shawn LaFata (Left) has been covering the Florida sports world for various outlets throughout his career. After graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in communications, Shawn worked as a writer and editor for Sideline Sports Magazine, which was based in Jacksonville. After a stint as the sports editor of a community newspaper, Shawn returned to his alma mater where he eventually was appointed UNF’s Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations.

His sports experience in the area includes covering the Lightning and Buccaneers for DestinationTampaBay.com, writing for a local website that covers youth baseball, devising a media relations and social media plan for a state-wide, golf organization and providing stories to HorseRacingNation.com about events, horses and jockeys competing at Tampa Bay Downs. Outside of the sports world, Shawn is an award-winning graphic artist who provides clients with graphic design needs and social media management.

Meet Fred Wright Travel  Writer

About Us Travel Contributor Fred Wright

Fred. W. Wright Jr.(Middle) is a writer and editor based in the Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL metro market. He has published hundreds of articles, with travel representing about 85 percent of sales. Fred has traveled extensively in the U.K., Western Europe and various other points on the globe. He is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). He also teaches motion picture writing (his favorite genre) for a local college.

Meet More Contributors:

Meet Mimi Alonzo-Art Director

Meet Bonnie Walters-Founding Member

Meet Heather Miller-Nature Photographer and Writer

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St. Peterburg Holiday of the Arts.

St. Peterburg Holiday of the Arts brings quality art to Williams Park. Enjoy the holiday season by joining some of the area’s finest artists in downtown St. Pete’s Williams Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, for the ...

Johnny Mathis.

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Holiday Extravaganza Pop-up Market.

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Winter Wonder Ride 2019.

The 9th Annual Winter Wonder Ride will be held again at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa on December 14th from 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Last year’s event attracted a record number of riders for this charity bike ride (held by onbikes) that rai ...

Merry Beach Market.

Support area companies at the Merry Beach Market while checking off items on your holiday shopping list. Shop Local and check out more than 50 local businesses offering gift ideas including handmade jewelry, clothing, arts and craft, and other items. Even ...

Symphony in Lights.

Enjoy Symphony in Lights in Wesley Chapel-nightly through December 31! Check out the lights at The Shops at Wiregrass as they dance and dazzle to the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Shows play on the hour each night through the end of the year. For ...

Sunset Sounds Concert Series.

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Christmas Boat Parades in Tampa Bay!.

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