Craig Pittman is a native Floridian, a journalist, and an author of five books. He has won the Waldo Proffitt Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism in Florida four times, and twice won the top investigative reporting award from the Society of Environmental Journalists. His books include Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss (2009), Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida's Most Famous Endangered Species (2010), The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid, and Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country. His most recent book is Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther, now available from Hanover Square Press. He is the co-host of the Welcome to Florida podcast.