George McGinn
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Professional Writing & Playwriting (Former Newspaper & Magazine Journalist, & Photographer - 30 years)
A little about me (so that you know I am a real person and not a spammer!)
Before my disability, I was the former police reporter and photographer at the North Port edition of The Charlotte Sun, and have more than 30 years of journalism experience. I was also was the former president of the Florida Press Club, where I spent 3 years on its board of directors, two of those years as president.

I was once a member of the Dramatist Guild, after the production of my adaptation of the poem "The Pied Piper Of Hamlin" into a children's musical during the mid 1980's. I have several plays that are in the writing stages, and a couple more in planning and research. I love to write about historical events, and putting them on stage provides a unique experience that an audience cannot get from watching a film.

I have won many awards from both the Florida Press Association and the Florida Press Club, including the FPC 2005 Francis DeVore Award for Public Service. I am also a 2005 Pulitzer finalist for my contribution as a photographer for the Charlotte Sun's coverage of Hurricane Charley (Breaking News category).

I started my writing and photography career freelancing for the Rockland Journal News in Nyack, N.Y. I also freelanced for the New York Post (still do), New York Daily News, The Village Voice, and wrote magazine articles for Field and Stream and Tennis Match magazines.

I left the industry in the 1980s and spent six years in law enforcement as an auxiliary police officer and then a full-time police officer. I also spent two years as a military policeman in the U.S. Army.

I moved to Sarasota in 1997, and started freelancing for Getty Images, the New York Post, the Bradenton Herald, E! Online, ASA Racing's Actionline Newspaper, Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Knight Foundation, Canadian Television Network, and Oldies 108 Web site. I was known to listeners as "The G-Man," a name given to me by Christina Crane.

In 2003, I took a staff position as the photo editor of the Venice Gondolier Sun. I transferred to the Charlotte Sun to work as a photographer for their North Port paper, and jumped into reporting, where I first covered the city beat.

My dream is to start both a playwriting workshop that helps new writers, and to establish a "History Theatre," where all productions (new or established) are based in real life or real life places. When I am ready to unveil my plans, I will post a Web site here with the details. And if anyone is interested in helping me out, just drop me a line.
If you are an artist or artistic venue, of any kind, please select a search category here:
Festivals & Events, Local Media, Photographer, Theater, Videographer, Writer
The things I like most about the Sarasota/Manatee area
The diversity of Art that makes Sarasota one of the major centers of the art world.
My Interests & Hobbies
Writing, photography (both news and art), research, travel, History, and video-making.
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The Dramatists Play Service

If you are looking for a play, here are a couple of links for the Dramatist Guild's Play Service:

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At 9:59pm on December 1, 2011, Joe Spinella, Tenor / Singer said…

Happy birthday and many happy returns.  Joe at

At 9:46am on December 1, 2010, Jack Alexander said…
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY George !!!" Clap, Clap. Cheer,Cheer. Bravo. May your birthday be joyously celebrated by one and all. God Bless! Truly, Jack
At 1:43pm on July 1, 2010, Jack Alexander said…
Hi again George -- Here's an update for you. Enjoy my gift to you. Let us keep connected while networking through this site. If we are not yet networking friends, let us become friends now.

Truly, Jack

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At 10:11am on October 14, 2009, Roger & Pamela Foulks said…
Welcome George and thank you for the friendship connection and best wishes to you!
At 4:06pm on October 20, 2008, Annie Morrison said…
Welcome George. I am currently workshopping a new play right now at the Home resource Center a play by Jenny Berres. We will be performing the 20th 21st and 22nd of November. Come see it.
Bright Blessings,
At 9:45am on October 20, 2008, Rick Hughes said…
Hi George,

Welcome to Feel free to post some of you photos here for us to see.

Please invite everyone you know to join us here to spread the ARTS!

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