Craig Pittman graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work earned him the label; "the most destructive force on campus." He has since covered quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature and after 1998, environmental issues for the Tampa Bay Times. He has won the Waldo Proffitt Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism in Florida four times, and twice won the top investigative reporting award from the Society of Environmental Journalists. The author of five books on Florida, he's the co-author, with Matthew Waite, of Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss, (2009), which won the Stetson Kennedy Award from the Florida Historical Society. His second book, Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida's Most Famous Endangered Species (2010), was named by the Florida Humanities Council as one of 21 "essential" books for Floridians.