Mark Katches - Executive Editor

Executive Editor

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 boy I had a paper route, and, at the age of 13, 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. 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. Call or write any time.

  1. The Thomas Joseph crossword puzzle will return to Baylink on Nov. 22.
    We’re bringing back the Thomas Joseph crossword puzzle and Blondie in print.
  2. The Tampa Bay Times is Florida's largest newspaper. [Times]
    You’ll notice some reorganization to your print Tampa Bay Times starting on Nov. 15.
  3. Nov. 1, 2019• St. Petersburg
    Frank Peterson is surrounded by his family, Priscilla, 13; Francine, 11; Valian, 9 months; Pamela, 7, and Sharon, 10. This picture was taken in 1961.
    Times is co-sponsoring Black History Preservation Drive at Woodson museum on Saturday, Nov. 9.
  4. Tampa Bay Times staff writer Paul Guzzo, left, and staff photographer James Borchuck are seen near the edge of a property that has been determined to be the former Zion Cemetery Monday, July 1, 2019 in Tampa.
    From revealing patterns of child deaths at a venerable local institution to discovering a missing cemetery for black men, women and children, the Times tells stories no other news organization can...
  5. The Tampa Bay Times has launched a new flash briefing that you can listen to on Alexa devices. [Associated Press]
    Voice-activated devices from Amazon and Google are the latest way news organizations can deliver information.
  6. Jerry Alonso 69, stocks up on plywood to board up windows at his home in preparation for Hurricane Dorian at the Home Depot store on 1712 N Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa on Thursday.
    You won’t need a paid digital subscription to access our hurricane-related coverage as long as the storm poses a threat to Tampa Bay.
  7. Two of the country's largest newspaper companies announced Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, that they have agreed to combine in the latest media deal driven by the industry's struggles with a decline of printed editions. GateHouse Media, a chain backed by an investment firm, is buying USA Today owner Gannett Co. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
    Tampa Bay Times is one of the last remaining independent, single-owner newsrooms in the state.
  8. Dos de las compañías de periódicos más grandes del país anunciaron el lunes 5 de agosto de 2019 que acordaron combinarse en el último acuerdo de medios impulsado por la lucha de la industria en una disminución de las ediciones impresas. GateHouse Media, una cadena respaldada por una empresa de inversión está comprando USA Today propiedad de Gannett Co. (AP Photo / Richard Drew, Archivo)
    El universo de los medios cambió dramáticamente esta semana cuando las dos cadenas de periódicos más grandes de Estados Unidos anunciaron que se fusionarían. La unión propuesta de GateHouse Media y
  9. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times Friends and family mourned Christopher Sanfeliz, 24, at Blount and Curry Funeral Home on June 18, 2016. Sanfeliz was killed in the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. He graduated from Gaither High School in 2010.
  10. MONICA HERNDON | Times El 18 de junio de 2016, los amigos y familiares lloraron a Christopher Sanfeliz, de 24 años, en Blount and Curry Funeral Home. Sanfeliz fue asesinado en el tiroteo en el club nocturno Pulse en Orlando. Se graduó de la preparatoria Gaither en 2010.
    Cuando el editor de política del Tampa Bay Times, Steve Contorno, se dispuso el mes pasado a escribir sobre el recuerdo de los tres años de la masacre de Pulse Nightclub, tomó una decisión conscient