Paul C. Tash, chairman and CEO of the Tampa Bay Times, has been elected chairman of the Pulitzer Prize Board, Columbia University announced today.
He succeeds co-chairmen Gregory Moore, editor of the Denver Post, and Thomas L. Friedman, foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times. Board members serve a maximum of nine years while a chairman serves for only one year.
Tash was a Pulitzer Prize journalism juror four times before becoming a member of the board in 2005.
He joined the Times in 1978 as a local news reporter. He later covered state government in Tallahassee and worked as a local news editor before becoming Washington bureau chief and, ultimately, editor of the Times.
Tash is chairman of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a school for journalists and media leaders, which owns Times Publishing. He also serves on the boards of the Associated Press and the Committee to Protect Journalists. He is a member of the Florida Council of 100, a group of business leaders.
In 2012, Tash received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from Indiana University, and he was recently inducted to the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame.
The Tampa Bay Times is Florida's largest newspaper, with an average Sunday circulation of 400,000.
Often a finalist in the Pulitzer Prize competition, the Times has won nine Pulitzers. In 2013, the newspaper won a Pulitzer for Editorial Writing after campaigning to restore fluoridation to the Pinellas County water supply, which serves 700,000 residents.
In 2009 the Times won Pulitzers for Feature Writing and National Reporting. The latter award honored the paper's creation of PolitiFact.com, a website devoted to sorting out the truth in politics.
Tash is married to the former Karyn Krayer of St. Petersburg, a high school teacher. They have two daughters; one is a physician at Duke University Medical Center, the other a student at Duke Law School.