Eliot Kleinberg is that rarest of Floridians: a native.

Born in South Florida, he has spent some three decades in both broadcast and print news, including 20-plus years at the Palm Beach Post in West Palm Beach. In addition to covering local news, he also writes extensively about Florida and Floridiana.

He has written 10 books, all focusing on Florida, including Black Cloud, a 75th anniversary book on the great 1928 Okeechobee Hurricane; two Weird Florida books, and Palm Beach Past, a collection of his weekly local history column in the Post. His tenth: Peace River, a recently-completed historical novel based at the end of the Civil War.

Eliot 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 and joined the Palm Beach Post.

He is a member of the Florida, South Florida and Palm Beach County historical societies.

Eliot lives at Casa Floridiana in Boca Raton with his wife and two sons.