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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. Write to me any time.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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)
  4. We've chosen the final cover for Storybook Season, our new coffee table book. You can preorder it at www.bucsbook.com It will ship in April.
  5. 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.
  6. Steven Stamkos (91) and Pat Maroon (14) of the Lightning celebrate after a first-period goal against the Dallas Stars during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.
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  11. Mychael Latimer Jr., 3, stands in the intersection of N 22nd street at East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd where the road remained closed as protesters demanded justice for George Floyd and other victims of police brutality on Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Tampa.
  12. The exterior of the Tampa Bay Times Building is seen Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
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The exterior of the Tampa Bay Times Building is seen Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 in St. Petersburg.
  14. A new fund has been launched to support the journalism of the Tampa Bay Times newsroom. Most journalists are based in the Times' St. Petersburg building.
  15. The exterior of the Tampa Bay Times Building in St. Petersburg.
  16. The exterior of the Tampa Bay Times Building in St. Petersburg.
  17. The exterior of the Tampa Bay Times Building in St. Petersburg.
  18. Tampa Bay Times investigative reporter Bethany Barnes found that Garda had a history of putting dangerous trucks and error-prone drivers on the road – resulting in deaths and injuries across America.
  19. The Thomas Joseph crossword puzzle will return to Baylink on Nov. 22.
  20. The Tampa Bay Times is Florida's largest newspaper. [Times]
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. The Tampa Bay Times has launched a new flash briefing that you can listen to on Alexa devices. [Associated Press]