Chris Tisch - Senior Digital Editor, Audience and Engagement

Senior Digital Editor, Audience and Engagement

I'm the senior digital editor for audience and engagement at the Times. I've lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1995 after growing up in a remote town of 2,500 in northern Wisconsin. After a childhood filled with things like ice fishing, Green Bay Packers worship and saying funny words like 'bubbler' and 'you betcha,' I studied journalism at Northwestern University before landing a job covering the cops beat at the Bradenton Herald. I came to the Times five years later and have been in the thick of a number of big stories, including covering Florida's death penalty, riding out and reporting on Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, helping with the Terri Schiavo story and co-authoring a project about the mounting number of fatal prescription drug overdoses in Florida.

  1. Luke Carl Neimi was arrested Thursday after Pinellas deputies said he was caught doing 145 mph on the Bayside Bridge.
    He told deputies he was just “having some fun,” according to an arrest report.
  2. A crash is causing a major backup in the northbound lanes of the Howard Frankland bridge this morning.
    A crash in the northbound lanes of Interstate 275 caused a major backup on the Howard Frankland Bridge Thursday morning.
  3. Booking photo of Jack Curtis, accused of jumping into a running truck in Dunedin and stealing it, pulling two Sea Doos valued at $30,000 behind him.
    A family was washing their Sea-Doos at the Dunedin Marina when a man jumped in their truck and took off with their personal watercraft.
  4. Booking photo of Jasmin Halkic, arrested on animal cruelty charge after three sick dogs in her care died.
    Arrest reports say she knew the dogs were sick, locked them in cages and stopped providing them basic needs.
  5. Firefighters battle a blaze in Brooksville Tuesday night. The woman who lives there was at church when a passerby called 911 to report the home was on fire.
    A woman was away at church when a passerby noticed her home was on fire and called 911.
  6. This is a booking photo of Jonathan Edward Blaine, who is charged with intentionally hitting a motorcyclist and then fighting with troopers who were arresting him.
    Florida Highway Patrol troopers were called to what was initially reported as an accident. Dash cam video showed it was something more, they report.
  7. This is a booking photo of Robert Charles Holmes, who is charged with felony DUI after deputies say he was seen "nodding off" while driving. It's his third arrest for DUI, records show.
    An off-duty firefighter saw the driver weaving in and out of traffic and the driver nodding off behind the wheel, deputies say.
  8. Lakeland police officer Paul Dunn, left, was killed Thursday morning after his police motorcycle crashed while he was driving to work. Polk County deputies are investigating.
    Officer Paul Dunn was driving to work when his police motorcycle crashed.
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    Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the mom had her two teen daughters in the vehicle with her when she led them on a pursuit with speeds topping 100 mph.
  10. Florida Highway Patrol troopers say they pulled over Elizabeth Espinoza, 27, in Sumter County and discovered about 26½ pounds of cocaine in her car, which they said is worth $1.2 million.
    Florida Highway Patrol troopers said she acted nervous after they pulled her over, so they summoned a drug-detecting dog.