Brian Hartz

I am a freelance journalist and author. I enjoy tennis, sailing, and creative writing, and spending time with my dog and cats.


If I Knew Then … Laura Barrett

img_1529Laura Barrett is a classically trained opera singer and the founder of Barrett School of Music in Tampa, Fla. Barrett School of Music provides music lessons for a wide range of instruments to clients in the Tampa Bay area communities of Seminole Heights, South Tampa, and Westchase, and has plans to expand to Lakeland and St. Petersburg.

Check out my interview with Ms. Barrett in Crain’s Tampa Bay business magazine.

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If I Knew Then … Patrick Moraites

pjm-headshop_landscapePatrick Moraites is the co-founder of FIRM Consulting Group in Tampa, Fla. Founded by Ryan DeJong and Moraites in March 2007 as a commercial finance and expense reduction company, FIRM Consulting Group today is a Tampa-based holding company whose subsidiaries deliver on FIRM’s original promise by providing client-centered business solutions and increasing clients’ cash flow through innovative expense-reduction plans and vendor management services.

Check out my interview with Mr. Moraites in Crain’s Tampa Bay business magazine.

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If I Knew Then … Jason Caras

jcaras4Jason Caras is the co-CEO of IT Authorities in Tampa, Fla. IT Authorities is a leading provider of managed IT services and support to companies in the Tampa Bay region and beyond. IT Authorities specializes in process-driven IT infrastructure solutions and has been recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the country’s fastest-growing privately owned companies.

Check out my interview with Mr. Caras in Crain’s Tampa Bay business magazine.

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Dr. Loehrer’s Dream Becomes Reality

More than a decade ago, Patrick Loehrer Sr., M.D., director of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, traveled to Kenya. He returned with a dream. Read the full story here.

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Terry Hutchens, the Hardest Working Sportswriter in Indiana, Owns His Beat Again

Check out my profile of former Indianapolis Star sportswriter Terry Hutchens, published in the Limestone Post.

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Ocean Acidification: A Silent, Invisible Threat

It’s been said that if greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide were bright orange and foul-smelling, humans would’ve long ago solved the riddle of climate change.

But CO2 is invisible and odorless – and it’s silently and steadily killing our precious coral reefs.

To read my column about the growing problem of ocean acidification, which appears in the February 2016 issue of Southern Boating magazine, click here.

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New Magazine You Should Check Out Now!

The Limestone Post has officially launched! This compelling new online magazine features “writers with a voice, photographers with a vision” covering people and places in Bloomington, Ind., and beyond. I’m proud and honored to be a contributor. Please check out my Limestone Post debut: a feature story on bison ranching in the state of Indiana. You can also subscribe to the Limestone Post based on your own personal interests. Happy reading!

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A Walk in the Woods

Coming on the heels of The End of the Tour, it’s heartening to hear that another movie based on a beloved book has been released. Even though the reviews are less than stellar, I’ll go see A Walk in the Woods. It sure beats the hell out of going to see yet another bloated, boring, CGI, Hollywood shoot-em-up.

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How to Prep for ‘The End of the Tour’: An Expert’s Guide to Everything David Foster Wallace

Jeez, I really need to finish “Infinite Jest.”

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The Atticus Complex: Harper Lee Sets Her Flawed ‘Watchman’

Excellent, nuanced review.

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