second life coverSecond Life:  Sentenced to life for drug smuggling, George Martorano spent decades in prison with no hope for release. Then John Flahive answered his call.

This piece won second place  in serious features at the 2007 Sunshine State Awards sponsored by the Florida Society of Professional Journalists.

Creative Loafing, July 2007

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hitchiker coverHitchhiker’s Guide to Florida: Pirates, savages, Capri-Sun – how to hitchhike Florida and survive.

Creative Loafing (also ran in Orlando Weekly), August 2007

(Also included a gallery of popular hitchhiking signs)

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cover_tpa.inddHere Comes the Neighborhood: Things are looking up in St. Pete’s Bartlett Park. So why do the improvements fill some residents with dread?

This article won second place in features at the 2008 Griot Drum Awards sponsored by the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists.

Creative Loafing, April 2007

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my namesake coverWho Was Alex Pickett? A eulogy for my namesake.

I woke up one morning to frantic calls after friends read about another Alexander B. Pickett — same age, same city — who drowned the night before.

Creative Loafing, July 2008

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waterboarded picWaterboarded: The torture debate gets personal

Here is a video montage of the event.

Creative Loafing, March 2008

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bourbon pic Bourbon Street: One man’s quest to give St. Pete’s homeless some holiday cheer

While musing in his jewelry store on Pass-A-Grille beach, Evander Preston had an idea to enliven the moods of the homeless during the holiday season: Pass out pints of bourbon and cheap cigars.  This article caused enough of a stir for the city council to propose a ban on handing out alcohol in public. It did not pass.

Creative Loafing, December 2007

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ant picAnt Wars: Forget dogfighting. Debby Cassill stages battles between fire ants

A day with one of Florida’s top ant experts.

Creative Loafing, September 2007

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senator picSenatorial Confessions: The man behind the lingerie

I’m the only reporter to convince Ybor City’s most recognizable character to divulge his real name and history.

Creative Loafing, September 2006





jacob picConcrete Verse: With chalk and a few lines of verse, Jacob Christiano shares his life as a sidewalk poet

Creative Loafing, July 2007





Investigative Reporting

zoo coverEndangered Species: How safe is Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo?

After a tiger escaped an enclosure and a zoo employee had to kill it, I delved into long-standing issues at the popular Tampa attraction. My dogged reporting upset zoo officials enough to send my editor a “cease-and-desist” letter.

Creative Loafing, October 2006

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homeless coverThe Problem That Can’t Be Swept Away: Will the homelessness problem in Tampa Bay get worse before it gets better?

I tracked the growing homeless population for months, interviewing all stakeholders involved, for a comprehensive look at Pinellas County’s most pressing issue. One month after my story printed, the City of St. Petersburg made national headlines by slashing tents and evicting several homeless from one encampment.

Creative Loafing, December 2006

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bethany picBad management of Bethany Towers in South Pasadena leaves residents in limbo

Elderly issues are a hot topic in Tampa Bay. I delved through records to find out some surprising facts about a crumbling senior housing building, even tracking down one of the culprits at his home.

Creative Loafing, December 2008

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Beat Reporting

Slain Activist’s Family Can Sue Narco-Terrorist

Before any other U.S. news outlet, I reported on the continuation of the trial against Carlos Mario Jimenez Naranjo aka Macaco in what could “be the best [case] to get justice for victims of the Colombian civil war.”

Courthouse News, October 2014


Medical Pot Makes Florida a Battleground State

A look at the state’s most contentious constitutional amendment in years.

Courthouse News, October 2014




Blue Person Comes to Korea

While teaching English in South Korea, I gave my 6th grade after-school students an assignment: create a short film. The students came up with the idea, storyboard and acted the movie out themselves. I edited and produced the final product.

The Saddest Zoo in the World

I continued writing and reporting during my teaching stint in South Korea and created several narrated videos about life there. I titled the blog series: Alex and Chickpea Do Korea (“Chickpea” was the affectionate name I gave my girlfriend at the time). This is a short video about a zoo located in the heart of Daegu, South Korea.

Walking Dogs in Daegu with Kaps

In another video, I followed one of the first mass dog walks in an animal shelter’s history.

A Look at the 2010 Busan Fireworks Festival

In one of my first videos of the series, I visited the dynamic port city of Busan to attend the 2010 Busan Fireworks Festival. Intrigued by “Korea’s San Francisco,” I arrived early to see the sights, smell the smells and eat wriggling octopus from the Jagalchi Fish Market.  Here’s a look at that day, all the way to the exploding climax!

Seoul adventures

Over the 2010 Chuseok holiday, I visited the mega city of Seoul. We embraced the cultural heritage, ate bizarre foods and, of course, had some good times with the locals!

A Day with Dr. Fish

Here’s a look at the Dr. Fish treatment, which uses small minnow-like fish to eat away the dead skin on your feet.

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