UPDATED @ 3:30pm: Norman's boss at New Times, editor Eric Barton, talked with Random Pixels a short time ago and said this: "It's a sad day for us. He was the face of this paper; he put us on the map."
I asked Barton why Norman's posts sometimes generated hundreds of comments. Barton told me, "I think that one of the things Bob did was to create a discussion with his readers. He'll be sorely missed."
UPDATED @ 5:40pm: WPLG's Steve Owen tweets: "Extremely proud Bob Norman is coming to work at Local 10. It's proof that great journalism is still alive and well."
Just received this email:
I am very happy to announce that one of the finest journalists in South Florida is bringing his talents to the best television station in the market.Norman is not the first South Florida print journalist to make the switch to television.
Bob Norman has worked for the Broward New Times for the past 13 years. Prior to that, he worked at the Gannett newspaper in Ft. Myers. Bob is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and his wife Brittany is a reporter at the Sun Sentinel.
In his reporting career, Bob has done remarkable work. He has broken countless big stories. He’s exposed corruption. He owned the Scott Rothstein story and many other scandals involving top political leaders in Broward County. He is a top notch reporter, who knows the market and knows how to get to the truth.
Bob will contribute to both on-air and online. His very popular blog, The Daily Pulp, will be moving to Local10.com, under the name Bob Norman’s Blog.
Bob joins us on May 23rd. Prior to that he will be spending some time in Dallas with our talent coaches to help with his transition from newspaper to television. Please make him feel welcome.
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