About

MCP Tamara Lush-2 Color Small

I’m the Tampa Bay correspondent for The Associated Press. I’ve been in Florida since 2000 and am in love with the state. I even like the humidity. My husband and I share our home with a Tibetan Spaniel, a Shih Tzu and a kitty. My hobbies include cooking, yoga, brewing Kombucha and reading romance novels.

I’ve finished my first novel, a romantic suspense-New Adult story. It’s about a young reporter who meets a sexy and mysterious Italian man while covering a plane crash.

In April, I was thrilled to sign a contract with Boroughs Publishing. The title of the book is called Hot Shade.

My agent is Amanda Leuck of Spencerhill Associates.

Basically, I write news during the day and romance novels at night. It seems like I’m always on the computer, but I try to take breaks to play with my dogs and hang out with my husband.

As an AP reporter, I write about a little of everything. I try to focus on agriculture issues and theme parks when I can.

Here’s a little blurb about me from the AP website:
“Tamara Lush has covered such assignments as the Haiti earthquake and the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, has been appointed Tampa Bay bureau correspondent by The Associated Press.
The appointment was announced Wednesday by South Regional Editor Lisa Marie Pane and Florida News Editor Terry Spencer. She succeeds Mitch Stacy, who transferred to the AP’s Ohio operation.
“Tamara is a versatile journalist, a thoughtful reporter and writer who captures stories that resonate with readers and viewers,” Pane said. “She represents today’s best in journalism: someone who is creative and can produce across a variety of formats, and always strives to tell our stories as broadly as possible.”
Lush, 41, joined AP in its Miami bureau in 2008, transferring to Tampa in 2009. During that time, she’s been involved in covering such stories as extramarital affair and scandal involving former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, the Haiti earthquake and the Gulf oil spill. She was the lead writer for AP’s project commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, spending the summer of 2011 traveling the country reporting on the tragedy’s lingering impact.
Before joining AP, Lush worked at the Miami New Times. She was also a freelancer for People Magazine and several other publications. Between 2000 and 2006, Tamara was a staff writer for The St. Petersburg Times, covering crime in two central Florida counties before she became a general assignment writer based in Miami covering key stories across the state. Lush previously worked at The Burlington Free Press in Vermont, where she was suburban editor. Before joining newspapers, Tamara worked in radio news.
Florida Chief of Bureau Jim Baltzelle called Lush a “dynamic journalist.”
“We are so fortunate, as readers, to have her talents in Florida,” he said.
Lush graduated from Emerson College in Boston in 1993 with a degree in mass communications.”

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