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Margo Pope

popeMargo Cox Pope is a 1970 graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. A St. Augustine native, she has been opinion page editor of The St. Augustine Record since January. She came to The Record in 1988 as managing editor after 18 years with The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville. At The Record she also was senior writer, features editor, and then associate editor.

At the Times-Union, she held various positions in the newsroom and features department. She was education writer for 11 years and then assistant city editor for planning for three. She was features assignment editor and then features editor in her two years in the features department.

She has won individual reporting and editorial writing awards from The Florida Press Club and team reporting awards from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors while a member of The Record staff. In 1979, she was one of six journalists nationally selected to do a research fellowship through the National Institute of Education on "What Makes an Effective School?" 

She is a member of the UF's Journalism Advisory Council and also a former chair.

Pope and her husband, Alyn, endow a scholarship in the College of Journalism and Communications in honor of her friendship with Helen Huntley that began when they met at The Florida Alligator in the Reitz Union in 1968. Huntley is personal finance editor of The St. Petersburg Times.

Both Pope and Huntley are members of the Independent Florida Alligator Hall of Fame.

Pope, 60, is president of the national Federation of Woman's Exchanges, an organization that helps women achieve economic stability through a network of stores that sell the fine handcrafted items and select vendor products and food items. She is a past president of the Woman's Exchange of St. Augustine. When not at the Exchange, she volunteers at community events and sings in the choir at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine.

The Popes have a son, Ned, who is a senior management analyst on the staff of the state's Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink. (Ned is not a Gator. He has a master's degree from FSU!)