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Tampa Bay Times names Mike Wilson managing editor, announces other promotions

Mike Wilson has been named managing editor of the Tampa Bay Times, part of a newsroom leadership reorganization that Times editor Neil Brown said will "keep our journalism strong and our aspirations high in 2012 and beyond."

Wilson, 50, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Times newsroom. For the past three years, he has directed the paper's enterprise and features work and has been in charge of the Sunday paper.

"Mike is a brilliant editor with high standards, excellent judgment and a knack for helping talented people do their best work," Brown said.

"I'm honored and incredibly excited to have a chance to lead this talented team of journalists," Wilson said. "This is the best newsroom anywhere, and I look forward to building on the Times' reputation for excellence."

Wilson started his career at the Miami Herald and has been a reporter, magazine writer and book author. Wilson was the primary editor on the Times' 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning story by Lane DeGregory, "The Girl in the Window."

Wilson is a Connecticut native and lives in Clearwater with his wife, Alisa. He has three children, Dyami, Lena and Kirby.

Wilson's appointment was part of a series of promotions Brown announced this week:

• Jennifer Orsi becomes deputy managing editor/metro and business news. Orsi, 45, a 23-year Times veteran who was raised in Clearwater, will be the senior editor in charge of local and business coverage in the paper's four-county Tampa Bay coverage area. "Jennifer is at the hub of our local news report," Brown said.

• Joe Childs becomes senior editor/at large. Childs, 62, has been a Times journalist for 36 years and most recently has written and directed the paper's award-winning investigative coverage of the Church of Scientology. He will continue that work and direct strategic business projects for the company.

• Ron Brackett becomes assistant managing editor/editing and design, directing the paper's copy editors and designers. During his 26 years at the Times, Brackett, 48, has been supervising editor for a number of historic news stories, including the 9/11 terror attacks, the Columbia shuttle disaster and the starts of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The South Carolina native is the senior editor in charge of the newsroom at night.

• Amy Hollyfield, 41, becomes assistant managing editor/politics. Hollyfield directs the paper's state and national political coverage including bureaus in Tallahassee and Washington. She also oversees the Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning fact-checking website, PolitiFact, and PolitiFact Florida. The Michigan native started at the Times as an intern in the sports department and has worked for Florida Today and the Miami Herald.

Several other Times editors take on new responsibilities. Deputy managing editor Jack Sheppard will be in charge of photo as well as sports; deputy managing editor Jeanne Grinstead adds enterprise reporting and Sunday Perspective to her features portfolio. Pat Farnan, who already oversees breaking news online, becomes assistant managing editor/digital as primary supervisor of the Times' online journalism at Longtime editor Anne Glover, 51, who was most recently in charge of Things to Do, was promoted to digital content editor.

Brown and Wilson said the Times will commit more resources to investigative work in 2012. Late last year, the paper hired Chris Davis, 39, from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune as investigations editor. At Sarasota, Davis directed a number of projects, including last year's Pulitzer Prize-winning work on corruption in Florida's homeowners' insurance industry.

Tampa Bay Times names Mike Wilson managing editor, announces other promotions 01/20/12 [Last modified: Saturday, January 21, 2012 12:38am]
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