The Palm Beach Civic Association announces that Michele Dargan has joined the organization as a freelance reporter.
Mrs. Dargan will focus on general assignment reporting and in-depth feature stories for the Civic Association News on their website and in their popular e-newsletter This Week in Palm Beach.
“Michele knows the Palm Beach beat,” said Mike Brown, Communication Director of the Civic Association. “She's a great researcher and writer and is a super addition to our team.”
Michele Dargan Bio
Michele Dargan is an award-winning reporter with 28 years experience working at various newspapers in Connecticut and Florida.
An avid show jumper, she began writing freelance articles for equestrian publications while working as an English teacher in Connecticut.
She landed her first full-time newspaper job as an education reporter and sports editor at a start-up weekly in Weston, Conn. A year later, she moved to a daily newspaper as a sportswriter, when it was still a novelty to have women covering sports. While there, she won first place for sports column writing from the Society of Professional Journalists, topping longtime beat writers for New York area professional teams.
Since then, she has covered courts, religion, politics, police, fire, health, business and real estate. She also has worked as an editor of a community news section.
In 1994, she moved to Palm Beach County and worked for the Palm Beach Post covering Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee and The Acreage. Two years later, she landed a job at the Palm Beach Daily News, retiring in April after 20 years.
In 2014, Dargan won the Florida Press Club’s Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting for a three-part series detailing the fallout in the police and fire departments from the town’s pension reform.
Among the high-profile cases she covered while at the Daily News: the Jeffrey Epstein sex offender case, the James Sullivan millionaire murder trial and sentencing in Atlanta, the Bernard Madoff case and sentencing in New York City and the Fred Keller millionaire murder case, which included two criminal and three civil trials.