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Eliot Kleinberg

c/o Palm Beach Post, 2915-H S. Congress Ave.
Delray Beach, Florida, United States


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Eliot Kleinberg, a Florida native, has written nine books, all focusing on Florida:
*"Pioneers in Paradise: West Palm Beach, The First Hundred Years," with Jan Tuckwood, 1994 (updated edition 2004)
*"Florida Fun Facts: 1,001 fun questions and answers about Florida," 1995(updated edition 2005)
*"The Historical Traveler's Guide to Florida," 1997 (updated edition 2006)
*"Weird Florida," 1998 (reissued 2006)
*"War in Paradise", a collection of true stories about Florida in World War II; 1999 (reissued 2005)
*Our Century," the Palm Beach Post's special section on Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast in the 20th Century (2000)(Primary writer)
*"Black Cloud," a 75th anniversary book on the great 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane; 2003 (paperback 2004)
*"Weird Florida II: In a State of Shock," 2006
*"Palm Beach Past: The Best of 'Post Time,'" A collection of the Palm Beach Post's "Post Time" local history columns (2006)
He also contributed to "Florida Hurricane and Disaster, 1992," his father's memoir of his family's ordeal in Hurricane Andrew (1993).
He was born in Coral Gables in 1956, graduated the Miami-area public schools in 1974, and received two degrees from the University of Florida.
His career as a radio and television reporter and editor, from 1979 to 1984, included work in Miami and at the Cable News Network. He was a reporter for The Dallas Morning News from 1984 until 1987, when he returned to Florida.
Since then, he has been a news and features writer for The Palm Beach Post. He has specialized in hurricanes and weather, the environment, the space program, and
southern Palm Beach County issues.
He has been a key player in major breaking stories, including the 1996 ValuJet crash, the 2000 presidential election, and the Florida aspects of the 2001 terrorist attacks and anthrax crisis. He also has assembled several major investigative reports and projects.
He is also the newspaper's primary writer of local and state history. He wrote a series on Florida historical sites and has an ongoing local history column.
He is a member of the Florida, South Florida and Palm Beach County historical societies.
He lives at Casa Floridiana in Boca Raton with his wife and two sons.

Interests: Floridiana, history

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Weird Florida…
  • Florida Fun Facts…
  • Weird Florida II: In a State of Shock
  • War in Paradise
  • Black Cloud: The Great Florida Storm of 1928
  • Historical Traveler's Guide to Florida
  • Our Century
  • Pioneers in Paradise: West Palm Beach, the first 100 years
  • Palm Beach Past: The Best of Post Time