Meet the newest member of The Islander team: Merab-Michal Favorite.
A native of Snead Island — on the north side of the Manatee River — Favorite is an author and fifth-generation Manatee County native with a passion for local history and folklore.
She published two pictorial history books — one of her hometown Palmetto and, more recently, a Bradenton edition, both for Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America Series.
Favorite graduated in 2012 with a degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida. Before taking a few years off to crew on a yacht through the Caribbean, she attended Manatee Community College (now SCF) and Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville.
Merab has worked for the North River News, Charlotte Sun Herald, Independent Florida Alligator and the Lance. She also has been published in magazines, including All at Sea, The Caribbean Compass and Latitudes and Attitudes.
In addition to covering news and features for The Islander, Favorite writes a weekly history column, “Sunday Favorites,” that appears online on www.thebradentontimes.com.
Favorite can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-778-7978.