RIP Jeff Stratton, Award-Winning New Times Staffer and Groundbreaking Honduran Journalist

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Stratton founded a newspaper on the Honduran island of Roatán.
Former New Times Broward-Palm Beach staffer and award-winning journalist Jeff Stratton passed away suddenly this week in Honduras.

Stratton, 47 years old, died from apparent complications from a stomach ulcer.

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was a neophyte in the Broward-Palm Beach market when Stratton joined the paper as music editor, and he established its presence in the music community. He transitioned to staff writer
and quickly excelled, winning the prestigious Society of Professional Journalists' Green Eyeshade Award in 2006 for his article "Mr. Big Shot." A year later he won a Sunshine State Award for a cover story titled "Rim Job."

Chuck Strouse, his editor at the time and now editor of the Miami New Times, said: "Jeff was my music editor, my staff writer, and my friend. I loved him. His smart copy and rapier wit saved me more times than I can count. He was cheerful, smart, and creative. I will miss him horribly."

After leaving New Times, Stratton headed to the Honduran island of Roatán, where he taught English. Last year, he left teaching to start the Roatan New Times. The paper was groundbreaking for the small island city, establishing its first news outlet that wasn't beholden to government interests. He published its fourth issue November 21.

Details on a service for Stratton are still being worked out.

Stratton leaves behind his partner, New Times Managing Editor Deirdra Funcheon, and their son, Cooper.


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11 comments
Lisa Elaine Anderson
Lisa Elaine Anderson

I am sad and stunned to hear about Jeff.  An amazing talented man is no longer with us.  I have not seen Jeff in over a decade and I remember him like it was just yesterday!!  He is not forgettable and will not be forgotten!  My condolences go out to his family, partner and son.

Bobweinberg
Bobweinberg

So sad to hear about Jeff. He was extraordinarily kind to me, in print and in person. My condolences to his family. 

Danielle
Danielle

I will miss Mr. Jeff. He used to be my 5th grade teacher when I went to Sandy Bay Alternative School. I was only there for half a year but it was enough time to have Mr. Jeff as my favorite teacher. I wish I had been able to meet Cooper, but never did. Deirdra will take good care of him.. Mr. Jeff adored his beautiful son..

Andy Mills
Andy Mills

Only met Jeff this year in Roatan. He was so passionate about the Roatan New Times and genuinely tried to make a difference to the community' Also a very proud father of Cooper. He is in our thoughts and prayers. Andy and Jeannie

KentBurnes
KentBurnes

Jeff is sorely missed in our island community. RIP Jeff. 

Jcorrea
Jcorrea

Jeff and I became good friends. He was a big help for Easy Sky. My prayers so that God has him by his side. 

Davebarons
Davebarons

Jeff will be greatly missed here on Roatan.

Sayulita Carriage
Sayulita Carriage

I had just met Jeff and  Deirdreand son, but was so very saddened by his death.    Diedre

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