I began writing for newspapers when I was in high school. Though I later focused on visual storytelling, I have continued to write everything from short blog posts to longform magazine cover stories. Today, I teach reporting and writing as part of the Health Media Innovation course at the University of Florida.  Here are some examples of my work.  -- Tom Burton


Shades of Conflicts Past

In his memoir Sleeping With Ghosts, war photographer Don McCullen struggles with reliving the things he has seen through the iconic photos he had made during his career. Read the story here.



The Artist Moving, Constantly

Artist's studios are hard to find and even harder to keep. This short story was part of a weekly photo-driven column called A&E Gallery. Read the story here.



Photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel

Photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel


Cameras in the Courtroom: The Casey Anthony Trial

A missing toddler was found dead and the resulting trial captivated people everywhere. The media attention was so intense, it created precedence for cameras in the courtroom guidelines. And it was not the Casey Anthony trial. Read the story here.




Art of War

Steve Piscitelli's journey from the battlefield left scars inside and out. Now, his art spans the seemingly unconnected worlds of war memorials and ballerinas. Read the story here.