Sheriff Rescinds Ban on WTSP Reporter

By Andrew Gauthier 

St. Petersburg Times

It may be the shortest feud in Tampa Bay area media history.

After meeting with top executives from WTSP-Ch. 10, officials in the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Thursday rescinded a ban on providing news releases and notifications of news conferences to the CBS affiliate.

On Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office circulated a media alert announcing they were suspending contact with WTSP. Sheriff’s officials accused reporter Mike Deeson of verbally berating a civilian employee and having a vendetta against the agency because he was turned down for a job there in 2004.

Both sides said they have resolved their issues for now after a summit Thursday at the Sheriff’s Office. More…