Meet FSU Grad Ben Reece, New SRQ Fall 2014 Editorial Associate

It’s that time of year . . . the weather is a little cooler, school buses slowly move up and down the streets, and here at SRQ we just welcomed a new associate to our team.

Meet Ben Reece, the Fall 2014 SRQ Editorial Associate.Originally from Orlando, Ben is a 2014 graduate of Florida State University. There, he majored in English and built up a repertoire to serve him in the journalism industry. While studying, the most impactful advice he ever received came from a famous Earnest Hemingway quote. “’The first draft of everything will be garbage’ (I paraphrase).” With a new beginning in journalism, this quote will hopefully serve as a comfort that all great influencers begin at the same place – the first draft. As an aspiring novelist, this advice will undoubtedly serve him well as brings pen to page and fingers to the keyboard.

In his short time with us at SRQ, Ben is already hard at work on SRQ Access, the Regional Visitors and Newcomers Guide to Sarasota and Bradenton. We look forward to Ben’s fresh perspective and insights through this project. Ben’s favorite spot to grab a bite to eat in the area is The Soda Fountain in Venice (http://www.sodafountainofvenice.com/home). “Everything there is good. I have never been disappointed. My favorite meal so far has been a hand-mixed cherry-chocolate Coke paired with their Reuben sandwich.” At home, Ben is a gamer and dedicates his skills to Dungeons and Dragons where he uses his Eagle Scout training to outwit the competition.

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