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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com for a decade now. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed dozens of journalism-industry awards in print anddigital platforms. Frederick is enrolled at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's three-fourths through the online Master of Arts program in New Media Journalism. His graduation is in August.
Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area in Central Florida, via HeadlineSurfer.com. Specializing in breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most experienced reporters with dozens of journalism-industry awards in print & digital mediums. Frederick is enrolled online at Full Sail University in Winter Garden, FL, where he's pursuing a Master of Arts degree in New Media/Journalism (graduation in March 2018). Frederick earned his BA in Political Science/Public Admin. (concentration in Writing) from Central Connecticut State University, in 1984, where he recieved the President's Citation for "academic excellence & outstanding campus/community service." Prior to myriad duties as publisher/award-winning journalist of Headline Surfer, 2008-present; Frederick was city hall reporter for the Palatka (FL) Daily News, 2007-2008; city editor of the Taunton (MA) Daily Gazette, 2005-2006; cops & courts/legal affairs writer for the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 1996-2004; and cops & courts reporter for the Rockland (NY) Journal-News/Gannett Suburban Newspapers, 1989-1996.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, and died a short time later. Frederick then renamed NSBNews.net "Headline Surfer, Florida's 24/7 Internet Newspaper."
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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