About

Terence Cantarella crafts original features for newspapers, magazines, and other media outlets. His stories have appeared in, or been re-reported by, publications like The Atlantic, New York Times, Huffington Post, and Daily Mail. They’ve also been the subject of radio and TV programs.

In 2011, he won a Green Eyeshade award for excellence in journalism for his story about controversial voodoo art at Miami Beach City Hall.

In 2012, he spent four days circumnavigating Miami-Dade County in a canoe via its murky drainage canals. That story, which he covered for WLRN radio and the Miami Herald, earned the WLRN team an Online News Association award nomination, a Sunshine State award, and a Green Eyeshade award.

In 2013, his NPR story ‘Miami Outlaw,’ about a battered Pitbull named Bailey, won a first place PRNDI award.

In 2015, his story about Miami’s alleged Well of Ancient Mysteries became the Miami New Times’ top three most read stories of the year, spawning global coverage and earning a first place Florida Press Association award.

His 2019 story about a 14-year neighbor feud was featured on Longreads.com.

Among other stories, he has written about his night at a notorious, crime-ridden hotel, a street-corner romance in Hialeah, a forgotten island in Biscayne Bay, and a psychiatrist who claims he’s a prince.

He has also busted several long-standing urban myths, including one about a dead body buried at Miami’s historic Viila Paula.

Terence is also a Cultural Streetscaper at Kantar Consulting and is revising a novel.

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Photo by David Samayoa.

“Terence’s work is a joy to read; fluid prose, crisp details, perfect scenes and tone. A true gift.”  Dinah McNichols, Former Managing Editor, Tribune Media Services

“His prose is what I might expect from a national publication such as the New York Times.”  Dale Hershman (Letter to the Editor, Biscayne Times)

“Mr. Cantarella’s narrative abilities are finely honed and his skillfully-written pieces truly stand out in the arena of long-form journalism.”  Miriam Chester (Letter to the Editor, Biscayne Times)

“I just went through two cigars and four cups of coffee reading Terence Cantarella’s piece ‘Loathe Thy Neighbor,’ parts 1 and 2. It was masterfully done.” Alberto Alfonso (Letter to the Editor, Miami New Times)