In this week’s Behind the Badge we feature Public Information Officer, Amy Marinec, who is a former multimedia journalist from the Tampa Bay Area. She joined the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in August 2016. “I am happy to work for a great agency and look forward to impacting the community in a positive way.”
Amy is an award-winning journalist who worked in in the Tampa Bay news market for 10 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication/ Broadcast News from the University of South Florida. Her television news career began at Fox13 News, in Tampa, where she worked as a video editor and content producer for five years. In 2011, she moved over to 10News, where she worked as a multimedia journalist and Investigative Producer with the 10Investigates team. During her career, Amy has been honored with multiple awards for investigative journalism including multiple Emmys, Green Eyeshade Awards, Society of Professional Journalists and Associated Press Awards as well as a prestigious DuPont Award, George Polk Award, and multiple Regional Murrow Awards.
In addition to the regular responsibilities as a Public Information Officer and occasionally getting in front of the camera, Amy uses her skills in photography and video editing to help create more content to inform the public. Amy works each week behind the scenes shooting, editing, and producing the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Weekly Report, a social media newscast. Recently, she also created an entire video series in which teens performed public service announcements about important and relevant topics they face every day. She has created an agency recruitment video and training videos as well.
When she is not at work, Amy enjoys the beautiful Florida weather and spending time with her husband and family.