Trevor Pettiford may not be a native Floridian, but he knows that nothing beats the Tampa Bay weather. Trevor began working at Spectrum News in May of 2011. He loves being a journalist because he says he gets to meet “people from across the ‘Spectrum’ of human existence.” He says his job constantly reminds him not how different we all are, but rather how much everyone has in common.
A five time nominated and one time Emmy Award winning broadcast journalist, Trevor says great storytelling is when the audience comes away feeling like they’ve learned something meaningful from a story. He’s most honored by the key he was given to his hometown city of Dayton, Ohio. He covered seven years of government and politics.
But better than any Emmy or Key to any city, Trevor says, is the impact of his work. After airing a story about a family in a homeless shelter who was split up because of gender, someone in the community came forward with a job and a place for the family to live. Trevor takes pride in giving people an understanding of the world around them and encouraging them to take an active role.
If Trevor isn’t on air, you might find him camping - not glamping! Or on weekend mornings when he’s not in the great outdoors, he loves St. Pete’s Saturday Morning Market. He says The Florida Orchestra is definitely the best kept secret - especially since his husband, Clay Ellerbroek, is the Principal Flutist.