George Gombossy is the editor & publisher of FlaWatchdog.com. He divides his time between New England, where he publishes his first website, CtWatchdog.com, and Key Largo, where he and his wife have their second home. He is also a syndicated consumer columnist in Connecticut whose work appears weekly in the New Haven Register, New London Day, Norwalk Hour, Torrington Register Citizen, New Britain Herald, Bristol Press, Middletown Press, West Hartford News, Canton News, Avon News, Simsbury News, Granby News, and Internet site ValleyNewsNow.
Gombossy launched FlaWatchdog.com in July, 2011 and it is obviously very much a work in progress. He is now looking for an editor/columnist to provide Florida consumer news. If interested, please contact George at George@usawatchdog.me.
CtWatchdog was launched in August 2009 after he was fired from The Hartford Courant where he was the first investigative consumer columnist in the Courant’s history. He was fired as of Aug. 14 after refusing to “be nice” to major advertisers. For three years he served as the advocate for consumers at The Courant, following 12 years as its business editor. Working with thousands of readers who sent him complaints and tips, his Watchdog columns resulted in more than a dozen state investigations and improved customer service at CL&P and many other companies.
During his 40-year career at the newspaper, Gombossy led teams of reporters that won dozens of awards, including the George Polk Award and the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award. He helped the paper win its first Pulitzer Prize. Under his direction The Courant won the SABEW Best in Business award for overall quality among midsize newspapers four times and he directed the work of two Gerald Loeb Award finalists and won the SABEW BiB award for his Watchdog column. At least five of his investigative series were nominated by The Courant for the Pulitzer.
Most recently The National Association Of Consumer Advocates gave Gombossy its highest journalistic award- the 2009 Media Award – for his 40 years of working on behalf of consumers and investors as a reporter, editor and columnist. The 2008 Media Award was given to two Business Week reporters.
He was a board member of the Society of American Business Writers and Editors, where he served on the contest and audit committees.
George is also a proud U.S. Army veteran, volunteering to serve during the Vietnam War. Born in Hungary, he came to the U.S. in 1956 and has been ever grateful to this country for what it has given him and his family.
Reach George at firstname.lastname@example.org
FlaWATCHDOG.Com is blessed with several outstanding bloggers
Ronald Winter Author of Granny Snatching column
Ronald Winter is an author, young writers’ mentor, public relations executive, and award winning journalist. He regularly writes and speaks on matters of public interest.
Ron is author of two books: Granny Snatching How a 92-Year old Widow Fought the Courts and Her Family to Win Her Freedom, published by Nightengale Press; and Masters of the Art, A Fighting Marine’s Memoir of Vietnam published by Random House. He posts commentary on war and politics on his website Ronald Winter Books here.
Ron grew up in the farming country of upstate New York near Albany where he gave up an academic scholarship at the State University there in 1966 to join the Marines and fight in Vietnam. Ron was a helicopter crewman and machine gunner, flying 300 missions. He was awarded 15 Air Medals and Combat Aircrew Wings among other decorations.
After Vietnam he returned to his studies earning undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and English Literature. In a two-decade journalism career that included stints as investigative reporter, supervising editor and columnist, Ron was the recipient of several prestigious awards and a Pulitzer nomination.
Ron now is Executive Director of the Connecticut Young Writers Trust, and is a director for Michael J. London & Associates public relations firm in Trumbull, Connecticut specializing in media relations and political strategy.
He was featured in 2004 in the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project.
Denis Horgan, journalist, author and world traveler
Horgan was born during a Thanksgiving snowstorm in a Boston taxicab that didn’t quite make it to the hospital on time. Starting off life that way gives special impetus to being “on the road.” Denis decided early to look on the world through the eyes of a journalist, starting as a copy boy at the Boston Globe and serving in a variety of capacities ” reporter, editor, columnist” for the Bangkok World, the Washington Star and the Hartford Courant, where he was travel editor.
Most recently he is the author of the essays/memoir, “Flotsam: A Life in Debris,” and the novel, “The Dawn of Days.”
An indefatigable traveler, Denis is on the road whenever the occasion allows. He has journeyed to scores of countries around the world, and to hundreds of corners of the United States. “I have never taken a trip anywhere that hasn’t been interesting or fun,” he says. “Never. Travel is always exciting, illuminating and fascinating. And it’s so easy to do.” Denis is also a gifted writer, who engages your senses with his carefully crafted columns.
E-mail Denis at email@example.com.
Dr. Kathleen Cairns
Kathleen is a licensed clinical psychologist and certified hypnotherapist in private practice in West Hartford, Connecticut and Beverly Hills, California.
She is the author of “The Psychotherapy Workbook: A Home-Study Guide For Growth & Change” endorsed by New York Times best-selling author and psychiatrist Dr. Harold Bloomfield.
She co-authored “The Bald & The Beautiful: Surviving Breast Cancer.” She wrote and produced the self-hypnosis audio tape “Breathe… As If Your Life Depended On It.” She has also created a line of lithographic greeting cards entitled “Kathleen’s Condolences.” Her website www.kathleencairns.com displays her work, photo, and excerpts from her books and audiotape and greeting cards.
For over twenty-five years, Kathleen’s practice, The Life Goes On Psychotherapy Center, has focused on the teaching and development of communication and intimacy skills in relationships. Her areas of expertise include anxiety and depression, recovery from addiction, couples, eating disorders in adolescents, phobias, stress management, the mind-body connection, and death and dying. Dr. Cairns was a consultant to Project Nightlight, an organization dedicated to helping AIDS patients without families in the final stages of dying.
She conducts seminars in Los Angeles, Boston, and Hartford and has appeared on national television and radio talk shows.
Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. She will get back to as many people as she can and will use some of your questions for future columns.
- Alyssa Shapiro
With a Bachelors Degree in Marketing, Alyssa’s career began as an advertising executive for 14 years. She worked with The Hartford Courant, Connecticut Magazine, and outdoor media with Murphy (now Lamar). From there she moved abroad, travelled extensively and internationally.
After seeing the world outside American suburbs, Alyssa returned to Connecticut with a new perspective and found her voice in writing “What It Is.” She published 160 columns in the award-winning weekly newspaper The Wilton Bulletin.
Alyssa’s column observes the corporate class of Americans who represent a powerhouse of consumerism. In satirical fashion she chronicles the sacred cows and pink elephants of our consumer culture. With the eye of an anthropologist she observes the voracious spending habits of a tribe referred to as the “Corporati” from her post in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Alyssa wants to give FlaWatchdog readers cleansing breath without the yoga, or the accessories. Please send her suggestions. She can be reached at email@example.com
Alyssa’s column WhatItIs began June 11, 2011 and are scheduled to appear every other Saturday.
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Dr. Arnie Kozak
Arnie Kozak, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, meditation instructor, and author of Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness(Wisdom, 2009) and Everything Buddhism (available on Amazon now). He also the founder of the Exquisite Mind in Burlington,Vermont and writes a daily blog entitled Mindfulness Matters: Tools for Living Now!You can practice mindfulness meditation with Arnie every Friday morning from 8:00 to 8:45 (EST) in the eMindful.com online classroom. To login into this free meditation, click here.
As an expert in stress reduction, wellness, and mindfulness, Arnie will present weekly practical wisdom for transforming stress. His award-winning writing will help you to lead a richer and happier life.
Andrew Kreig, investigative journalist
Andrew Kreig, a former Hartford Courant reporter and now a nationally known investigative journalist, has joined the CtWatchdog.com team.
Andrew is a freelance investigative reporter, lawyer and radio host based in Washington.
His primary focus for the past year has been exploring allegations of corruption and other misconduct in federal agencies, and also advising several nonprofit groups fostering cutting-edge applications within the communications industries.
As president of the Wireless Communications Association International from 1996 to last summer, Andrew led its worldwide advocacy that helped create today’s broadband wireless industry.
Previously, he was an associate at Latham & Watkins, law clerk to a federal judge, author of “Spiked,” a book about the newspaper business, and a longtime reporter for the Courant.
Currently, he is a senior fellow with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and a research fellow with the Information Economy Project at George Mason University School of Law.
Listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in America, he holds law degrees from the University of Chicago School of Law and from Yale Law School. His undergraduate degree is from Cornell University, where he was a Daily Sun editor, a rower and a Golden Gloves regional finalist.
Write to Andrew at Andrew@justice-integrity.org.
Dave Lieber, investigative columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
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For 30 years, Dave Lieber, a humorist and storyteller, has used stories to help change our world. Dave works as The Watchdog investigative columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and is one of Texas’ most popular speakers.
He won the Katie Award from the Dallas Press Club as the best columnist in the U.S. Southwest.
He is co-founder of one of North Texas’ largest children’s charities, Summer Santa, which serves thousands of children each year through a volunteer service that has no office or paid staff.
His work for Summer Santa earned him the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award, which goes to the U.S. newspaper columnist whose work produces positive effects on the lives of readers.
He is the author of two popular books, “The Dog of My Nightmares: Stories by Texas Columnist Dave Lieber” and “Dave Lieber’s Watchdog Nation: Bite Back When Businesses and Scammers Do You Wrong.”
Don’t believe a journalist who tells you he or she is objective. We are not machines. What is important is fairness and transparency. Everyone has conflicts. I (George) certainly do. And as you read my blogs you need to know what they are: I own stock in several large bank companies including Bank of America, J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, Bank of New York Mellon, Wells Fargo and Morgan Stanley. I also own stock in Disney, The Hartford, UTC, GE, AT&T, eBay, Microsoft and several ETFs, one of which has large positions in Google and Apple, and Canadian oil companies. My son works for the Hoffman Auto Group. I own rental property in West Hartford and we sometimes rent our Key Largo condo.