Meet Brad Rogers


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Posted June 29, 2020 | Photography by John Jernigan

If you have lived in Ocala/Marion County for any length of time, you likely know the name of Brad Rogers. For 20 years, from 1999-2019, he was the editorial page editor for the Ocala Star-Banner. In that role, he raised awareness about community issues such as water quality, education, children, the environment, politics and demographics, and showcased those locally who have worked to improve the quality of life for all.

Rogers, a graduate of the University of Florida, honed his chops over 41 years in journalism in South Carolina and Florida, beginning as a cub reporter. His honors and awards include being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He has been married to his wife Debbie, a veteran local schoolteacher, for 37 years. They are parents to two adult children. Rogers serves on boards with the Salvation Army, Kids Central, Marion County Children’s Alliance and Appleton Museum of Art.

He feels Ocala/Marion County needs the Ocala Gazette as “a vehicle for community news.”