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Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Photo: Dexter Fabian

As a local realtor for Smith & Associates and the creator and publisher of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa, Dex Fabian has overseen the growth of what's become Tampa Bay's largest independent social media network and most popular hyper-local blog. 

  • I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa cover "all things good" about St. Pete, Tampa and the surrounding areas.

Plus: Dex is a marketer with over 20 years of experience, a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, a board member of The Studio@620, a proponent of environmental sustainability, and an avid Crossfitter.

So how does he interact with tech? We asked him about his habits:

  • Device of choice: My MacBook Pro. It goes wherever I go especially since taking the office virtual about three years ago. As a publisher, creative and realtor, it's really the only way to multitask efficiently.
  • First tap of the day: Shortly after the coffee maker, I enjoy starting the day with my CBS friends Gayle King and Jane Pauley. I enjoy the relaxed pace and unique topics CBS Sunday Morning brings, especially those surrounding international arts and culture. The trumpet at the start of the show makes me happy.
  • Go-to news source: I am a subscriber and avid reader of The New York Times. And, of course, I like to stay informed about local arts, businesses and our community through I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa.
  • Podcast of choice: Just recently got turned on to the Rabbit Hole by the NY Times.
  • On rotation: My music playlists are personally curated into just two sets: DexFabulous and Moody Vibes. Otherwise it's Indie Chillout on Spotify.
  • Reading list: If looking for a book, anything lighthearted and humorous like David Sedaris or Kevin Kwan. I recently finished "Qualityland" by Marc-Uwe Kling. For magazines, I enjoy Wallpaper, Vanity Fair, Bazaar, and People to catch up with the goss when I'm traveling.
  • Most-used app: Mostly Instagram and Facebook for work and personal throughout the day. WhatsApp to stay connected with family in the Philippines especially since the onset of the pandemic.

This story first appeared in the Axios Tampa Bay newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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