Miami native Seth Soffian, a staff writer at The News-Press since 2000, graduated from the University of Florida in 1996 (a good year) with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in business administration. Seth covered Gators sports for The Independent Florida Alligator student newspaper before going on to work at the Palatka Daily News and Ocala Star-Banner, where he covered horse racing and the equine industry. Seth primarily covered local, regional and national golf news at The News-Press before taking over the FGCU beat full time as the university and its athletic programs continued to grow. Seth has freelanced for a number of regional and national publications and won numerous state and national writing awards. He most recently won the Associated Press Sports Writers’ top explanatory writing award in the 30,000-75,000 daily circulation category for a group of stories detailing the pervasive undercurrent of homophobia in women’s sports. Seth and his wife, Shannon, live in Fort Myers with their five children.