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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 two dogs. 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

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @ChrisTisch1

  1. 2017 Hurricane Season: Use social media to stay in touch with this storm season


    Social media and technology have dramatically changed the way we bring you information about hurricanes and other natural disasters. For one, the opportunity for and to share information with readers — and from readers — immediately helps make us all better equipped to react if a hurricane should strike Tampa Bay.

    Where have mandatory evacuations been ordered? Where are power lines down? Where can you get sandbags?...

  2. Hey Tampa Bay, love your job? Then nominate your employer as a Tampa Bay Times Top Workplace


    We are preparing our eighth annual edition of the Tampa Bay Times Top Workplaces and are hearing from hundreds of employees at local companies who have shared positive experiences about their jobs.

    But we want to hear more.

    So please nominate your company as one of Tampa Bay's best places to work. If your company makes the list, it will get the recognition that workplaces that focus on employee well-being and happiness deserve....

    Top Golf associates gather together with morale building wristbands and pose for a team photo. 
Top Golf in Brandon was ranked as one of the top Tampa area workplaces last year. LUIS SANTANA  |   Times
  3. Love your job? Nominate your employer as a Tampa Bay Times top workplace


    The unemployment rate in Florida and in Tampa Bay has been slipping over the last few years. In some industries, companies are struggling to find qualified employees and are finding ways to make their workplaces more attractive, whether it be better pay, a looser office environment or perks like in-house food service or game rooms.

    In other words, companies are finding it as important as ever to ensure their workplaces are friendly, comfortable and rewarding....

    Nominations are now open for the Tampa Bay Times Top Workplaces 2017.
  4. Will Tampa Bay's 'The Infiltrator' be a blockbuster? Probably not and here's why


    Tampa Bay is buzzing this week about The Infiltrator, the Bryan Cranston movie that opened in theaters nationwide Wednesday and will compete with other summer flicks for moviegoer dollars this weekend.

    With a red-hot actor like Cranston and a crackling story line set around Tampa Bay, the movie is sure to be a blockbuster that brings our beloved bay area in front of millions of moviegoers nationwide, right?...

    Red-hot actor Bryan Cranston headlines The Infiltrator, but that still likely won't make the movie a blockbuster. The movie is set in Tampa Bay and was partially filmed here. (Liam Daniel/Broad Green Pictures via AP)
  5. Love your job? Nominate your employer as a Tampa Bay Times Top Workplace

    Working Life

    We are preparing our seventh annual edition of the Tampa Bay Times Top Workplaces and are hearing from hundreds of employees at local companies who have shared experiences like this:

    •"I never hate coming to work. I feel appreciated. This is where my education is focused, and I feel that I have a future with this company."

    •"Management not only cares about their customers and clients, but their employees and the employee's family. They understand the balance between work and home. I feel like I matter in the grand scheme and am not just a number."...

  6. Ann Dunwoody, the first female four-star general, reflects on career


    Not once in her 37-year career in the U.S. Army did Ann Dunwoody have a female commanding officer.

    Every step of the way — from her first day to her retirement in 2012 — she reported to a man.

    Of course, that's probably not surprising, considering that when Dunwoody joined the Army, women were relegated to the Women's Army Corps.

    A lot changed in 37 years.

    In 2008, Dunwoody became the first woman promoted to four-star general in U.S. military history. Her role was to oversee the Army's logistical arm, a force of 69,000 soldiers and civilians with a budget that would have put it among the largest 50 companies in the country....

  7. Review: 'One Man Breaking Bad' parody needs more time to cook


    TAMPA — Miles Allen wowed his friends with impressions of characters from the show Breaking Bad. He put those impressions on YouTube. The video was viewed millions of times and Allen eventually formed a one-man Breaking Bad parody show that he has taken worldwide.

    That is to be admired.

    Indeed, Allen, who performed the first of three One Man Breaking Bad — The Unauthorized Parody shows at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa on Thursday, has energy and creativity to burn. If you're a fan of the show, you'll certainly feel among friends in the cozy Jaeb Theater as Allen takes you through a madcap recap of all five seasons....

    Actor Miles Allen boils 60 episodes of Breaking Bad down to one impression-filled show at Tampa’s Straz Center.
  8. A reminder that Florida is rife with fraud


    An elderly woman arrived in the lobby of the Tampa Bay Times several weeks ago and asked to talk to a reporter. She had been scammed and wanted to tell her story.

    I invited her to my office and she talked for about a half-hour about how someone had wrung thousands of dollars from her by taking advantage of her love for her grandson. She thought sharing the story would prevent others from being duped....

  9. Love your job? Nominate your employer as Tampa Bay Times top workplace


    Last year, more than 31,000 employees from 184 companies in the Tampa Bay area told us how much they liked their jobs.

    The result was our sixth 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 2016 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 as employees with Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel did last year when it was named the top workplace among companies with more than 500 employees....

  10. Yes, you can grow a garden of vegetables in Florida; here's how


    From 12:30-1:30, we'll talk to the author about how he successfully grows a back yard garden full of vegetables in Florida each year. Click here to follow along.

    Some gardeners like to grow vegetables during the summer in Florida.

    Sure, not a lot of vegetables can stand the heat, but okra grows tall and muscular; eggplant, black-eyed peas and sweet potatoes thrive; some varieties of peppers and herbs can grow....

    Swiss chard adds a lot of razzle-dazzle to your garden with its multiple colors.
  11. Small Odessa company Dais Analytic part of clean energy effort in China


    In April, the U.S. secretaries of commerce and energy took a trip to China, bringing with them representatives from more than 20 U.S. companies that are considered leaders in green technology and business. Some of those companies were giants — GE, Honeywell, Qualcomm and Lockheed Martin.

    With them was Tim Tangredi, CEO of Dais Analytic Corp., a clean air and water company of about 30 employees in Odessa....

    Dais Analytics is an Odessa company of about 30 employees that is doing clean energy work in China. This photo shows a water treatment system at a pilot facility in China.
  12. Florida absent from AARP list of top cities for those over 50


    For decades, older Americans have abandoned their hometowns in the Great White North to head to warmer days in Florida for retirement.

    But a new study by AARP suggests they are leaving behind some of the neighborhoods that are best suited for them.

    The AARP released a Livability Index on Monday that takes a number of factors — housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity — to rank every neighborhood and city in the nation for those over 50....

    In a Livability Index the AARP released on Monday that takes a number of factors - housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity -into account  to rank every neighborhood and city in the nation for those over 50, cities and neighborhoods in Florida were nowhere near the top. [SCOTT KEELER | Times (2010)]
  13. 'Better Call Saul' finale recap: Ode to a 'Chicago sunroof'


    So THAT'S what a Chicago sunroof is! "Now we know!" AMC hit Better Call Saul wrapped up Season One on Monday with some of the sublime spinoff's best moments … and, alas, most disappointing. Your beloved team of feverish Saulers — Sean Daly, Michelle Stark and Chris Tisch — have mixed emotions about the finale, titled "Marco," which didn't exactly pay off with a heavy cliffhanger (or a return to Omaha and Cinnabon) (or a nice tasty Breaking Bad reference to make us all pant). Herewith, the crew …

    CHRIS: Well, guys, I'm not sure what to make of that last episode. Kind of meh, frankly. After building a lot of momentum up to this point, I thought this last episide just kind of treaded water. Jimmy goes back to old times, lives his old life for a bit, loses his friend and returns even a little bit more motivated than before. … I think we get it. Where was the kicker, the holy cow moment? I just didn't see it....

  14. 'Better Call Saul' Roundtable: Chimp With a Machine Gun


    "Slippin' Jimmy with a law degree is like a chimp with a machine gun." And there we go: When Space Blanket Chuck absolutely nuked his brother with that icy dismissal, it certainly seemed like the final soul-crushing shove for our favorite legal anti-hero, Jimmy McGill, to finally cross-over into shady Saul Goodman territory. Last night's ep of AMC obsession Better Call Saul -- titled "Pimento" -- was a doozy. And to think: There's one more hour left in the debut season. Holy moly. Herewith, our fervent Saulers Sean Daly and Chris Tisch get all heavy & stuff in dissecting the best show on television.

    CHRIS: "Hail, Satan. I submit to the dark side." Oh, Jimmy. How prophetic that statement will come to be. But Jimmy's transition to the dark required a betrayal -- and with last night's episode, Sean, we got it in a big way. Chuck sold his brother out. And Vince Gilligan and crew uraveled that betrayal with heavy foreshadowing and a brooding eventuality....

  15. 'Better Call Saul' Roundtable: Go Land Crabs!


    With only two episodes left in the debut season of Better Call Saul, University of American Samoa alums Sean Daly and Chris Tisch are in a frenzy. Surely something awful yet awesome (and holy-moly Breaking Bad-ish) will be cliffhung soon, right? Space Blanket Chuck doesn't seem long for this world. Saul loves Kim more than we thought -- but will that end in nookie or tragedy? And as for Mike -- our favorite fixer is about to go dark for the sake of his granddaughter. Herewith, the boys sound off on last night's installment, "Rico."