Rob Lorei is the Managing Editor of Florida This Week on WEDU-TV (PBS) and a co-founder of WMNF Radio. He attended Antioch College where he received a BA in Journalism in 1977. During Antioch’s co-op education program he held a variety of jobs including law clerk, video documentary maker, Pepsi truck delivery driver, and staffer for the Miami Valley Black Lung Association which helped disabled coal miners obtain black lung benefits.
He got his start in radio as a news reporter at his campus NPR station, WYSO. Since moving to Florida in 1978 he’s been a panelist on political talk shows on WTOG-TV and WEDU. He took the moderator’s seat of WEDU’s Tampa Bay Week in 2001 and has piloted the program through its 2005 update to Florida This Week. He’s covered West Central Florida politics for more than 20 years and moderated numerous televised political debates including the 2002 Attorney General’s race, the 2003 Tampa Mayoral race, the 2004 U.S. Senate primaries, and the 2006 Gubernatorial Primaries.
He’s interviewed hundreds of authors, academics, politicians, musicians, artists and entertainers for his broadcasts. among his guests: former President Jimmy Carter, Ralph Nader, Ferdie Pacheco, Sen. Mel Martinez, Janet Reno, Daryl Jones, Al Franken, E.J. Dionne, John Dean, Tampa Mayors Dick Greco and Pam Iorio, Gov. Charlie Crist, Bill Moyers, and many others.