Bob Thomas joined the Florida State Sports Information Department in July, 2009 as the primary media relations contact for the Seminole football program. He brings more than 31 years of newspaper journalism experience, including the last 14 as a beat writer covering FSU athletics, to the staff.
His duties include coordinating the day-to-day electronic, print, radio and television media coverage of the football program, composing weekly releases and daily practice reports, writing feature stories on student-athletes for Seminoles.com and game programs, as well as handling all interview requests.
Thomas is a graduate of Salisbury (Md.) University, where he earned a degree in communication arts and also competed in cross country and track & field. He began his journalism career directly out of high school, working at various newspaper in his home state of Maryland before moving to Florida in 1988 to become sports editor at The St. Augustine Record. He joined the Florida Times-Union staff in 1994 and became its FSU beat writer in 1995, prompting a move to Tallahassee.
He covered both the 1993 and 1999 Florida State national championship games.
In addition to his work in the newspaper industry, Thomas has also been a contributing writer to a host of national and regional publications, including Athlon, Lindy’s, ACC Basketball Handbook and Blue Ribbon magazines, as well as a contributor to several internet websites. He also has experience in the radio industry.
A past president of the Florida Sports Writers Association and member of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association board and a 10-year member of the Football Writers Association of America, Thomas is well-connected with local, ACC and national media. He has also served as an Associated Press voter for football, men’s and women’s basketball.
Thomas and his wife Kim, a Leon County school teacher, have three children – Carly, Blaine and Cole.