A Florida native, Gary White spent his childhood in Brevard County. He earned a degree in journalism from the University of Florida and has worked for four newspapers in the state. Since 2002, he has worked as a feature writer and news reporter at The Ledger, a daily newspaper in Lakeland, where he lives. He has won dozens of state, regional and national awards for writing during his journalism career. He has a deep affection for the natural Florida and is a fervent birdwatcher and amateur nature photographer. His other interests include film noir, jazz and (most) cartoons in The New Yorker. He can be found on Twitter @garywhite13.