James Borchuck is a veteran photojournalist and primary video journalist at The Tampa Bay Times.  Based in Tampa, he has worked for Florida's largest newspaper since 2000.

In 2013, Borchuck transitioned from still photography to video journalism, and he continues to provide daily coverage of news and feature stories in and around Tampa Bay.  He also collaborates with reporters and editors to produce long-form video for larger stories and projects.

In 2018, Borchuck directed, produced and shot a mini-documentary about the Confederate monument that once stood outside the old Hillsborough County Courthouse entitled, "Symbol of History or Hate?"

In 2017, he was nominated for a regional Emmy award in the religion category for his coverage of the Epiphany celebration in Tarpon Springs.

Other projects Borchuck produced that year included:

  • "Lost" charting the path of two dozen homeless men and women who died in 2017;
  • "Breakdown at 30,000 feet," an investigation into the safety record at Allegiant Air lines;
  • "A Scientology Battle Like No Other: Miscavige versus Miscavige."

Borchuck regularly contributes to the Times weekly series "Everyday Tampa Bay" where a photographer conceives a story idea, then writes a story to accompany still photos for the newspaper and produces a video for the web site.

Prior to his video work, Borchuck was a still photographer who shot mostly sports and news in and around Tampa Bay.

He was Tampa Bay Rays photo team leader for 6 years and covered the American League Division Series and World Series from 2008 to 2013.  He coordinated and photographed the University of Florida national championship seasons in football and basketball in 2006 and 2007.

Borchuck also covered the 2004 Summer Olympics and 2002 Winter Olympics.  He was Tampa Bay Buccaneers photo team leader from 2000-2004, and he has covered four Super Bowls in his career.

Borchuck has reported from the scene of numerous hurricanes, the 2012 Republican National Convention and the visits of several U.S. Presidents and presidential candidates who traveled through the region.

Prior to coming to Florida, Borchuck was a staff photographer at the Detroit News and Macon Telegraph.  He graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts in photojournalism.

  Get in touch; jborchuck@gmail.com.

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