Chris Tisch, Times Business Editor

Chris Tisch

Chris Tisch was born and raised in Oconto Falls, Wis., a town of about 2,500 people just north of Green Bay. Chris has lived in Seattle, Chicago, Cincinnati and St. Petersburg. His hobbies include music, movies, travel and reading. He also is an urban farmer and has a large garden, a pot-bellied pig, chickens, rabbits, two cats and a dog. He has been a journalist in Florida since 1995. He spent five years at the Bradenton Herald before coming to the Times in 2000, where he covered police news, legal affairs and the death penalty. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Phone: (727) 892-2359


Twitter: @ChrisTisch1

  1. Travel magazine readers name Tampa one of the nation's snobbiest cities


    Tampa? Snobby?

    Readers of Travel + Leisure apparently think so, ranking Tampa sixth in a survey of the snobbiest cities in America.

    New York was first, Miami second and Los Angeles third.

    Orlando also made the list at No. 20 — because nothing says snobby like Goofy, right?

    Travel + Leisure said Tampa was a newcomer to the list this year. Their article almost reads like something from the character Stefon from Saturday Night Live....

    Director of Spirits Dean Hurst mixes a cocktail at the Edge rooftop bar at the Epicurean Hotel, which Travel + Leisure cites as one of the reasons for Tampa's sophistication. [LUIS SANTANA | Times]
  2. Tampa Bay Times seeks Top Workplaces nominations

    Working Life

    Last year, more than 30,000 employees from 176 companies in the Tampa Bay area told us how much they liked their jobs.

    The result was our fifth annual special section identifying the region's top workplaces.

    Now it's time to do it again. The Tampa Bay Times is accepting nominations for its Top Workplaces 2015 edition. Maybe your employer can crack the Top 100.

    If you love your job and your company, this is a way to show it off, just like employees with Grow Financial Federal Credit Union did last year when the Tampa company was named the top workplace among companies with more than 500 employees for the second year in a row....

    CAPTION: (St. Petersburg) Times reporter Chris Tisch October 12, 2005.   STORY SUMMARY:  (Times photo by Bob Croslin)

  3. Pinellas police blotter: Man goes crazy in diaper aisle at Walmart

    Bizarre News

    Diapers get on bad side of attacker

    A Tarpon Springs man found trouble recently when he attacked the diaper aisle at a local Walmart.

    Tarpon Springs police said Jeffrey Michael Pepin, 44, went into the Walmart at 41232 U.S. 19 N on July 26 and began ripping diapers.

    Pepin did not discriminate based on age, destroying both infant and adult diapers, police said in an arrest report....

  4. Pinellas police blotter: Serial burglar done in by his stomach

    Bizarre News

    Crumbs, DNA left behind after appetite is fed

    A suspected serial burglar has his stomach to blame for his recent arrest.

    Derrick Steven Moore, 40, of Clearwater is facing nine charges of burglary, attempted burglary and grand theft.

    Pinellas sheriff's deputies on July 22 charged him in connection with a burglary in the 1300 block of Keene Road on April 17. In that case, he removed an air-conditioning unit from a home and entered through the opening, deputies said....

  5. Pinellas police blotter: A sleepy burglar and a fight over skim milk


    Residents find quite a surprise when they get home

    St. Petersburg police say they have arrested a very sleepy burglar.

    On July 16, a man broke the window of a residence in the 1700 block of Preston Street S in St. Petersburg and climbed inside. When the residents returned home, they found the burglar asleep in one of their beds.

    Stanley Levell Scott, 46, was arrested on a burglary charge....

  6. Bicyclists ride through crime scene tape, into jail


    Usually, when police are investigating a serious crime and unspool their crime scene tape, people know to stay outside of the yellow lines. But as St. Petersburg police investigated a fiery crash recently that killed three young women, two bicyclists rode under the tape and into the scene.

    The crash occurred in the early morning hours of June 26 in the area of Ninth Avenue S and 16th Street. A wrong-way driver smashed into another car, causing it to burst into flames, police said. The driver of the wrong-way car ran away but was arrested days later, police said....

  7. Police: Murder suspect offered $20,000 for false confession


    ST. PETERSBURG — Police said a man charged in connection with a recent nightclub shooting offered to pay someone $20,000 to take the blame for the killing.

    St. Petersburg police arrested Artez Hooker, 31, outside a lawyer's office Monday afternoon on a charge of second-degree murder. Hooker had known he was wanted and had agreed to meet a detective at lawyer Doug Prior's office on Roosevelt Boulevard, arrest reports said....

  8. Florida Supreme Court: Early red-light cameras were illegal

    Local Government

    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that more than a dozen local governments — including several in the Tampa Bay area — illegally established red-light camera programs by installing the devices prior to the Legislature approving them in 2010.

    Though some lawyers involved in red-light camera litigation believe the ruling should result in millions of dollars in refund checks, they cautioned that motorists shouldn't expect that to happen without a fight....

    The decision only applies to cities that installed red light cameras before a 2010 law allowing them was enacted. [Times files (2008)]
  9. Pinellas rapper Dangeruss, inspiration for 'Spring Breakers,' arrested


    A local rapper who inspired James Franco's performance in the Pinellas County-based movie Spring Breakers was arrested on drug charges Friday, Pinellas Park police reported.

    Russell Allen Curry, 27, was arrested on charges of marijuana sale and possession. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on Friday evening in lieu of $20,150 bail.

    Pinellas Park police said they received information in September that several people were dealing drugs "with a great deal of frequency" at Lauren Manor Apartments, 7450 35th Street N. Police began an investigation that led to Curry's arrest Friday....

    James Franco’s character in the film Spring Breakers is based largely on Curry, above.
  10. Three St. Petersburg officers suspended, one resigns after pursuit complaint

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — Three police officers have been suspended and a fourth has resigned after an internal affairs investigation into a complaint of an unauthorized police pursuit in the city's southern neighborhoods.

    The investigation did not conclude that the officers violated the department's pursuit policy, but did find that officers broke other rules, including making "inappropriate and unprofessional comments over the radio."...

  11. Boat fire threatens sponge docks in Tarpon Springs



    The Anclote River turned into a lake of fire late Tuesday night after a stubborn blaze aboard a shrimp boat spread into the fuel-covered water, dashed about 50 yards to the other shore and ignited a dock.

    Crews that had been battling the boat fire summoned dozens of other engines from across the region to help ensure that other boats and structures on the Sponge Docks didn't catch fire....

    Firefighters extinguish flames on the Skye Marie, left, and the Carol Jean, shrimp boats docked outside on the Anclote River in Tarpon Springs.
  12. Money-saving tips that you should avoid

    Human Interest

    A guy I know once tried to cut his hair at home to save the $15 he paid each month at Fantastic Sams. He bought an electric razor at Walgreens for, oh, like $9.

    He stripped to his unmentionables, got into the bathtub and asked his then-girlfriend to run this state-of-the-art piece of machinery over his head.

    The first clue that this wasn't going to go well should have been that the razor didn't really sound like a razor so much as an old man gargling....

  13. Some highlights from a year of our Here's the Deal feature


    One year ago, we decided to begin using the front page of the Monday metro section to bring you ideas on how to save money in a tough economy. Our Here's the Deal feature has been popular with readers. Our staff writers have provided a load of ideas for saving on groceries, cars, electric bills, cable TV, dental care — you name it. Here's a look back at some of our favorites over the past year. You can read the full reports — and even more money-saving tips — at

  14. Here's the deal: Little steps to help you save big money


    today we're not going to suggest investing thousands in the latest energy-efficient appliances to save a few bucks on your electric bill. • We're not going to advise you to switch your car to canola oil, give over your yard to subsistence farming or your life to extreme couponing. • Today's money-saving tips are fast and simple. But depending on how you're spending, you could save big. • We are not saying it will be easy. You might feel a bit deprived of cherished luxuries. • But you might also feel pretty good when all the bills are paid at the end of the month — and there's even a little left over. • So, let's get started....

  15. Researcher defines four categories of sneezers

    Human Interest

    You know that guy, the one two cubicles over who blows papers off his desk when he sneezes, then lets out a WHEW!!!! and looks around to make sure everyone heard him.

    Then there's the woman down the hall who practically retreats under her desk to uncork a couple of baby mouse sneezes — achew, achew — then apologizes if anyone noticed.

    Allergy season is upon us, and we're about to hear a lot more sneezing around the home and office. ...