Chris Tisch - Senior editor/breaking news

Senior editor/breaking news

I'm the editor of the Times' NOW team, a group of 13 breaking news editors and reporters who bring you the Tampa Bay area's most urgent stories. 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. The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes spun out of our rough weather over the weekend, one in Bradenton and the other Winter Haven. Damage to homes was reported in both.
  2. Jen Eichorn, 38, left, along with her husband Matt, who are visiting from Adrian, Mich. sunbathe along the westbound lanes of the Courtney Campbell Causeway on Wednesday in Clearwater. The couple had been stuck in traffic for three hours.
  3. Tampa police said Nelson Espinal, 37, called 911 at abut 5:45 p.m. Monday and said he had shot his neighbor, who lived next door to him in the 10000 block of North Central Avenue.
  4. A pedestrian was killed in a crash in Clearwater Monday night, police said.
  5. A 54-year-old Wimauma man was killed Thursday night after he was ejected from a pickup and then hit by a vehicle whose driver left the scene, Florida Highway Patrol troopers reported.
  6. A 26-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Pasco County on Monday evening.
  7. Krispy Kreme is giving away a free doughnut to people who have received the coronavirus vaccine.
  8. A wrong-way driver was killed and another motorist injured in this 2019 crash on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
  9. A person who was with a parked pickup truck and trailer on the inside lane of the Howard Frankland Bridge Monday night was thrown overboard after another vehicle hit the parked truck and trailer, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.
  10. A 39-year-old Wesley Chapel man has died from injuries he suffered in a crash in Polk County earlier this week, The Florida Highway Patrol reported Friday.
  11. Detectives in Hernando County are investigating a homicide after a male was found dead in a residence late Monday night.
  12. A couple who asked not to be identified are seen along the beach of Fred Howard Park Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 in Tarpon Springs. After a rainy Friday, the Tampa Bay region will experience sunny and cool weather this weekend.
  13. Investigators comb through the scene where PCSO Deputy Michael Magli was killed while attempting to deploy stop sticks on a suspect on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in East Lake
  14. A pedestrian injured in a Jan. 30 crash in Pinellas County has died.
  15. A man was killed Monday night after he had a flat tire, pulled over and was hit by a pickup truck, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
  16. Darren McFarland, 54, of St. Petersburg, is charged with manslaughter in the death of a panhandler.
  17. A bus that was marked as the Kansas City Chiefs team bus was surrounded by Bucs fans on Dale Mabry Highway after the Super Bowl Sunday night.
  18. A 14-year-old was hit and killed by a vehicle in Carrollwood Sunday night after a shooting incident, deputies said.
  19. A tornado watch was issued for the Tampa Bay area about 11 p.m. Saturday night and was set to last until 7 a.m. Sunday.
  20. One man was killed and another seriously injured after a car overturned early Friday morning in Hillsborough County,
  21. Bucs QB Tom Brady reads "Mean Tweets" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night.
  22. Tyrone Wayne Covington, 40, was booked at the Pinellas County jail Monday afternoon on a charge of first-degree murder.
  23. The Florida Amber Alert issued Friday afternoon.