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Tampa political journalist Bill Ratliff has died

8:09 AM, May 9, 2012   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida - Former 10 News political analyst Bill Ratliff has died. He was 63.

Before joining 10 News, Ratliff spent more than 27 years at WFLA-TV in Tampa as news anchor/reporter and Managing Editor of Morning News coverage. As a reporter, his specialty was covering politics. 

In a statement released by WFLA Tuesday afternoon, a family spokesman says Ratliff passed away after complications from surgery. Details of funeral arrangements are not immediately available.

Ratliff received numerous awards for his anchoring and reporting including a Florida Emmy nomination, national recognition from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, the "Communicator of the Year" award from the Tampa chapter of Toastmasters International, and various awards from the Associated Press and United Press International.

A 42-year broadcasting veteran, Ratliff came to Tampa from WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas, where worked as a news anchor/reporter and as a co-host and field producer for the highly successful "PM Magazine." Prior to that, Ratliff was a news anchor/reporter and host of daily talk show at WDIV-TV in Detroit. He also has worked as a news anchor/reporter at WKYT-TV in Lexington, Kentucky and held on-air positions at WLWT-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ratliff began his broadcasting career in radio, working at stations in Cincinnati and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Ratliff received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a major in Broadcasting, from the University of Cincinnati.

During his time in Tampa, Ratliff was active in various civic groups and organizations in the community. He has served on the Executive Board of the Tampa/Hillsborough County Youth Council, the Board of Trustees of the Academy of the Holy Names and the Jesuit High School Foundation. He also has been president of two Little Leagues, and a Little League coach, as well. He was also an avid golfer.

Bill's surviving family include his wife Linda, his son Chet and daughter Shannon, and one grandchild.

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