Mark Katches - Editor


As editor of the Tampa Bay Times, I oversee the largest newsroom in the state of Florida. Before that, I served as editor at The Oregonian in Portland. And before that I oversaw the newsroom at the Center for Investigative Reporting. As a young teenager, I wrote my first newspaper article for a little weekly called the Millbrae Sun, not far from San Francisco. The editor paid me 3 cents a word, and I was hooked for life. My professional career has spanned four decades. I have spent the largest portion of it building and running investigative reporting teams and have had the good fortune to have worked on a number of stories that sparked meaningful change. I love my family, our two crazy cockapoos and our journalistic mission. I believe strongly that local journalism makes an important difference in our community while offering tremendous opportunities to engage with readers – our neighbors. Write to me any time.

  1. The first drone photos of Florida's Horseshoe Beach in the Big Bend area show it was inundated.
  2. The Tampa Bay Times has launched  its annual weeklong fundraiser to support local news.
  3. Several media publishers across the U.S., including the Tampa Bay Times, have dropped the comic strip Dilbert after creator Scott Adams described Black people as members of “a hate group" and made other racist remarks.
  4. Jake Moses, 19, left, and Heather Jones, 18, of Fort Myers, explore a section of destroyed businesses at Fort Myers Beach on Thursday, Sep 29, 2022. The community was mostly destroyed after Hurricane Ian made landfall on Wednesday.
  5. West Zelar Street serves as a microcosm of what's happening around Tampa, but especially in parts of South Tampa. Of the 18 homes on the block between South Manhattan Avenue and South Hubert Avenue, 14 have either been razed or replaced since 2000. A 1950 home was recently demolished on the vacant lot pictured here.
  6. Two weeks after winning the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, the Tampa Bay Times newsroom held its annual weeklong fundraiser. Readers helped the Times more than double the fundraising goal.
  7. Tampa Bay Times reporters Corey G. Johnson, right, Rebecca Woolington, center, and Eli Murray, left, won the Pulitzer Prize earlier this month. The newsroom is holding a weeklong fundraising drive that concludes Sunday to help the Times do more high-impact journalism.
  8. From front row left, Tampa Bay Times reporters Rebecca Woolington, Eli Murray and Corey G. Johnson celebrate with newsroom staff and guests as Times editor and vice president Mark Katches talks about the trio winning the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting earlier this month. The newsroom estimates the project cost about $750,000 to produce.
  9. Paul McCartney performs during his "Got Back" tour Friday, May 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. His tour comes to Florida for two dates, including a Saturday night show in Orlando on May 28. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/ Invision/AP)
  10. Tampa Bay Times reporters Corey G. Johnson, right, Rebecca Woolington, center, and Eli Murray, left, are announced as the winners of the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting on Monday, May 9, 2022. The winning series, "Poisoned,"  exposed dangers at Florida’s only lead smelter. This marked the 14th Pulitzer Prize awarded to the Times.
  11. Anil Eglais, 62, suffered from a variety of health problems while working at Gopher Resource, the only lead factory in the state of Florida. His story was among those chronicled by a reporting team at the Tampa Bay Times. The series Poisoned has had a significant impact so far. Several other Times stories also made a difference in 2021.
  12. The Tampa Bay Times Community Reader Panel will meet quarterly with members of the newsroom.
  13. The Tampa Bay Times Community Reader Panel has been formed. It is made up of 50 people from around the bay who will meet quarterly with journalists.
  14. After the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday, Tampa Bay Times principal hockey photographer Dirk Shadd had nearly 22,000 images on the eight cameras he used inside Amalie Arena. That's when the fun began to pick a cover for our latest hardcover coffee table book.
  15. Delivery of Wednesday's printed Tampa Bay Times may be impacted by Tropical Storm Elsa.
  16. Tampa Bay Times reporter Kathleen McGrory, center, speaks at Poynter on Friday to current and former Times staffers at a celebration of the Pulitzer Prize she won with reporting partner Neil Bedi.
  17. The Tampa Bay Times will launch a new Community Reader Panel of readers who will meet quarterly with journalists in the newsroom to discuss coverage. Readers can apply to be a part of the new group.
  18. Los periodistas del Tampa Bay Times, Corey Johnson y Eli Murray, toman muestras de suelo al otro lado de la calle de la fábrica Gopher Resource en Tampa el miércoles 27 de enero de 2021 en Tampa, FL. Las muestras se enviaron a un laboratorio y se analizaron en busca de plomo.
  19. Eric Telemaque, who now lives in an assisted living facility, is one of the workers featured in Poisoned, a Tampa Bay Times investigation that examined the dangers inside Florida's only lead factory.  Telemaque ended his last shift at the factory on the locker room floor after suffering a stroke.
  20. Tampa Bay Times investigative reporters Neil Bedi, left, and Kathleen McGrory have garnered national recognition for their series examining the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. (Boyzell Hosey  |  Times)
  21. We've chosen the final cover for Storybook Season, our new coffee table book. You can preorder it at It will ship in April.
  22. Tampa Bay Lightning Nikita Kucherov points out to the fans as he hugs the Stanley Cup while on stage during their championship celebration at Raymond James Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 in Tampa.