633 N. Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL
Jeff Weiner
State Courts reporter
My Role

Hi, I'm Jeff Weiner, Orange County courts reporter for the Orlando Sentinel. I cover criminal trials and lawsuits in Florida's Ninth Judicial Circuit, as well as the Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office, the Orange-Osceola Office of the Public Defender. Along with my colleague Rene Stutzman, I covered the case against George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. I've also written extensively about Orange County's home confinement scandal and the Casey Anthony saga, among other topics.
My Biography

I was born in Patchogue, a small village on the south shore of Long Island, in Suffolk County, N.Y. I was raised in Bradenton, Fla., graduating from Lakewood Ranch High School, and later attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where I studied journalism.

While a student, I completed internships at the Naples Daily News, Central Florida Lifestyle and the Orlando Sentinel, before graduating in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

I was hired by the Orlando Sentinel in July 2010 as a breaking news reporter. The following year, I was awarded the James Batten Award for Distinguished Public Service by the Society of Professional Journalists for a series of stories exposing law-enforcement raids at local minority-owned barber shops.

In 2012, I took over the Orange County courts beat. While in this role, I also covered the case against George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer whose shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin became a civil rights cause célèbre. I regularly cover high-profile trials, as well as legal affairs and criminal investigations.
My Interests

My fanatical devotion to the NFL's New York Jets prevents me from having meaningful relationships. I also like baseball and basketball, but so far that's not as much of a problem.

I'm an amateur classic rock aficionado, a movie nerd, a fantasy-football lover and a political junkie with no strong political leanings.

Though I watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart regularly, I get my news from OrlandoSentinel.com and the wonderful family of Tribune Company websites and newspapers (I'm a company man).