I am a Christian, husband, former reporter at The Ledger, sports and politics junkie and civic-minded citizen. I am currently the director of enrollment marketing at Southeastern University, though my views and thoughts on this site in no way represent those of Southeastern.

I was with The Ledger from October 2007 until December 2010, serving as Prep Sports Editor from September 2008 until my departure. Before that I was a copy editor, which was the same title I held at The Palm Beach Post from June 2006 until accepting the job at The Ledger. I graduated from the University of Missouri with a Journalism degree in 2006.

My wife and I attend First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, where I served as an elder from 2012-2014. I am on the Board of Directors of the Explorations V Children’s Museum and the 4Ball Invitational, as well as the advisory board of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra.

As a Polk County native who graduated from Lakeland High School, I have a passion for this area and for its people. It’s my desire on this site to provide insight and, as the title says, perspective on a range of issues as they pop up. I hope to enlighten, entertain and engage the citizens of Polk County, and have some fun doing it.

So, I hope you keep coming back and checking out the site, and I look forward to sharing our experiences of life in the Heart of Florida.

– Brandt Merritt

1 Response to About

  1. Karen Merritt says:

    Was checking the router connection and found your blog…really enjoyed your comments about Harry Potter and christianity. Think I need to read all the books now to understand your views. You are a very good writer…by the way. Have to say your Papa would sure appreciate your writing, in so many ways!! Very proud of you, in so many ways!! =) MOM

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