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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet newspaper serving the Daytona Beach-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com, launched in 2008, as Florida's first around-the-clock online newspaper. Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with scores of regional, state & national journalism-industry awards for nearly 100 breaking news & investigative reporting stories in Florida, New York, Massachusetts & Connecticut. The first of Frederick's three books, "Creepy Ass Cracker" (842 pages, Xlibris), hits bookstores in July. The second book, "Wrestling ReWind is scheduled for publication in October. The third book, "The Day NASCAR Died: 15th Anniversary of Dale Earnhardt's death in the Daytona 500," is planned for publication in February 2016.
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Henry Frederick is an award-winning journalist who has covered news in
Volusia County since 1995. Among his biggest stories were witnessing and
reporting on the execution of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, the civil trial by Dale Earnhardt's widow to keep her husband's autopsy photos sealed and covering
the Trull brothers murder trial, the longest and most expensive in Volusia County's history. He is featured in an episode of the Oxygen Network television series, "Snapped," which highlights women killers. The particular episode is on then-Florida death row inmate Virginia Larzelere.
Frederick was a reporter for eight years with the Daytona Beach
News-Journal, before serving as a city editor for nearly two years with the
Taunton (Mass.) Daily Gazette. He was briefly managing editor of the Port
Orange and New Smyrna Beach weekly editions of Hometown News, editor for 7
months of the former daily New Smyrna Beach Observer and was the city
reporter for the Palatka Daily News. Frederick has written literally
thousands of stories for daily newspapers in Florida, New York,
Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Frederick created and launched NSBNEWS.net on April 7, 2008, with
assistance from friend, Peter Mallory, who retired earlier in 2012. Frederick then renamed NSBNews.net "Headline Surfer, Florida's 24/7 Internet Newspaper." It's main URL is Headline Surfer.com, but can still be accessed as NSBNews.net and VolusiaNews.net. In September 2013, Frederick moved the operation to Lake Mary, Florida with an emphasis on the pressing news of the day in Central Florida.
It has grown from a small Web site with a couple hundred hits
daily to a continuously updated media source with
thousands of daily visitors. Frederick has amassed a
small army of volunteer community bloggers. He writes most of the Web site's
stories, sells advertising to support the site and works tirelessly
every day to ensure round the clock media coverage.
Frederick and his wife, Sera, are fixtures at community events throughout Central Florida
where they videotape highlights and they have amassed
a video catalogue with more than 2,000 videos of community events and
breaking news. Frederick was instrumental in organizing three successful
candidate debates in 2009. He has produced investigative reports on New Smyrna
Beach's planning fiasco that led to reforms and his extensive reporting on the Oak
Hill police scandal led to the city going with the Sheriff's Office for its policing. He
recently established a new investigative series: "Show Me The Money: New Smyrna Beach."
Frederick's Web site has grown to the point where its Web traffic is
recognized and monitored by Google. NSBNEWS.net also has more than 2,500
e-mail subscribers who receive breaking news alerts.
Here are Frederick's journalism awards:
Taunton (Mass.)Daily Gazette/City Editor/nearly 2 years
* 5-day series with entire newsroom staff, "Safety in our schools." The
series won first place in enterprise reporting/public service in the 2006
New England Press Association contest.
* 3-day investigative series "Pipeline Hell" with reporter on a shady
developer. The reporter won first place in "environmental reporting" in
the 2005 New England Press Association contest.
* The reporter and Frederick shared a third place award in "investigative
journalism" in the 2005 Suburban Newspapers of America contest for small
dailies for the series "Pipeline Hell."
Daytona Beach News-Journal/Staff Writer/8 years
* Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Chapter, 2004, 2nd
place/large newspapers, Investigative Reporting, "Silent Cries" (3-day
series on child homicides).Florida
* Society of Newspaper Editors, 2004, honorable mention, Investigative
Division "Silent Cries."Society of Professional Journalists, Florida
Chapter, 2004, breaking news, honorable mention/large newspapers,
"Community mourns death of longtime area educator."
* Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Chapter, 2003, 1st
place/large newspapers, Front Page Sports Reporting "Lawsuit monopoly
justifies splitting up NASCAR."
* Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Chapter, 2003, 2nd
place/large newspapers, breaking news "The execution of Aileen Wuornos."
* Florida Press Club, 2003, 2nd place, excellence in general news writing,
"Property takeover may change boardwalk," "Unusual cases re-ignite legal
arguments on Miranda rights," and "Word on the street: Few police."
* Florida Society of Newspaper Editors, 2003, 3rd place, sports, "Lawsuit:
monopoly justifies splitting up NASCAR."
* Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Chapter, 2002, 3rd
place/large newspapers, breaking news, "Brothers on trial."
* Florida Press Club, 2002, 3rd place, excellence in general news writing,
"Spring Break: Collision Course," "Lawsuit: Monopoly justifies splitting
up NASCAR," and "Behavior nets police chief two-week unpaid suspension."
* Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Chapter, 1998, 2nd
place/large newspapers, breaking news "Little boy: He shot and killed my
* Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Chapter, 1998, honorable
mention/large newspapers, James K. Batten Award for public service
project: "Spring Hill."
The (Nyack, N.Y.) Journal News/Staff Writer/8 years
* New York State Associated Press, 1992, Spot News (honorable mention),
"Two charged in gas station slaying."
* Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, Fla. , 2001, two-week national
seminar on "newspaper writing and editing."
* National Press Foundation, Washington D.C., 2001, week-long workshop on
"America's Legal System."
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science/Public Administration, with
concentration in Writing, 1984, Central Connecticut State University, New
1984 President's Citation for "Academic Excellence and Outstanding Service
to the College and Community" as editor-in-chief of college newspaper, The
Central Recorder. Also published independent college newspaper, Campus Review.
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