Chris Tisch, Audience Engagement Editor

Chris Tisch

Audience Engagement Editor

I'm the audience development editor for the Tampa Bay Times, which means I basically am in charge of making sure all of our excellent online journalism gets read by the most people possible. I'm a Wisconsin native, a Northwestern University graduate and I have been a journalist in Florida since 1995 -- including many years as a reporter covering public safety and criminal justice. I love the Tampa Bay area and I'm delighted that my son, Spencer, was born in 2014 in St. Petersburg -- making him my family's first Florida native. My interests include vegetable gardening, film, music and great journalism.

Florida's favorite Christmas movie is ... 'Batman Returns'?

NBC103 1/10/95 -- 'BATMAN RETURNS' --
While many other states' holiday movie favorites were more traditional, Florida's was, well, weird.

Surveillance camera captures video of plane crashing into building in South Florida as children flee

A surveillance camera captured video of a plane crash landing in a parking lot in Fort Lauderdale, slamming into a building and catching fire. The pilot and passenger were killed.
The plane crashed into a building across the street from the airport from where it took off. Children and instructors fled from the building as the plane caught fire.

Woman who died after plunging off Royal Princess cruise ship identified as American as mystery deepens

The cruise ship Crown Princess docked in Cape Canaveral, Fla.  on Wednesday, July 19, 2006, a day after the vessel rolled abruptly at sea injuring dozens of people.  A steering problem caused the new cruise ship to roll abruptly throwing passengers and crew to the deck and injuring dozens, including 20 seriously. In an instant, passengers aboard The Crown Princess cruise ship went from sunbathing to clutching whatever they could as the massive ship rolled heavily to its side, throwing everything not nailed down against the deck and walls. (AP Photo/John Raoux) ORG XMIT: FLJR103
The FBI and prosecutors in Aruba are investigating the death of a 52-year-old woman who fell 14 stories from the cruise ship. One news site said a man had been seen choking her before she went over.

Pinellas woman arrested after 3-month-old is exposed to cocaine and suffers brain damage

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Police said she waited 11 hours before seeking medical attention.

He raped a high school student as she died. His sentence: Three years in prison.

Brian Varela was sentenced to less than three years in prison for raping a high school student as she died of an overdose. KOMO Seattle via Inform.
A 20-year-old man charged with raping a high school student as she died from a drug overdose was sentenced this week to less than three years in prison.