Chris Tisch - NOW Editor

NOW Editor

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. A CNN crew was arrested live on air while covering the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis this morning. [CNN via Twitter]
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  3. NASA astronauts Douglas Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken wave as they walk out of the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building on their way to Pad 39-A, at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The two astronauts will fly on a SpaceX test flight to the International Space Station. For the first time in nearly a decade, astronauts will blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil, a first for a private company. (AP Photo/John Raoux) [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
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  5. Rickey Eugene Carpenter, 65, faces a felony DUI charge in connection with his latest arrest. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  6. Sunset Beach at Treasure Island on Saturday morning. [Megan Reeves]
  7. Jerry Myer Lee, 45, faces multiple charges in connection with the death of Zakiera Grandberry, 22, who was 23 to 26 weeks pregnant when she was killed. [Tampa Police Department]
  8. An F-35 Lightning II is shown in this photo from the U.S. Air Force. One crashed trying to land at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida Tuesday. [U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr]
  9. Jesse Ramon Conover, 32, of Clearwater, faces charges of armed burglary after police said he was found naked in another man's kitchen. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  10. Severe thunderstorms approach the Pinellas County coast near Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach Monday, May 18, 2020 in St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times]
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  13. Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center continue to monitor a patch of rough weather that has a good chance of becoming the first named storm of the 2020 hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean this weekend. [National Hurricane Center]
  14. Christopher Keith Gilley, 55, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with a stabbing death in Largo. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  15. A 6-year-old girl was seriously hurt Wednesday night when she was hit by a motorcyclist who then left the scene.
This piece of the motorcycle broke off. [Florida Highway Patrol]
  16. One of three vehicles that overturned Tuesday on I-275. 
Mark Wayne Nettles, 34, of St. Petersburg, was booked into the jail by FHP on charges of racing and reckless driving. [Florida Highway Patrol/Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
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  18. Derrick Lemar Pasco had five children in his vehicle, some unrestrained, as he drove through a construction zone at 105 mph. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  19. Britney Lynn Crawford, 27, faces charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, child neglect and DUI causing serious injury. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  20. Hein C. Le, 46, was arrested Tuesday on charges of grand theft auto and title fraud, according to arrest reports. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  21. Police said neighbors found Tyler Clingman, 28, dead at 325 15th Ave. NE after noticing his door was cracked open. [Google Earth]
  22. Henry Francis Davis, 23, was arrested twice on DUI charges in a week. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  23. This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January shows the 2019 novel coronavirus. [AP]
  24. Richard Glorioso faces a charge of leaving the scene of a crash with death in connection with a fatal pedestrian crash in the Plant City area. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]