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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. Call or write any time.

  1. The Thomas Joseph crossword puzzle will return to Baylink on Nov. 22.
  2. The Tampa Bay Times is Florida's largest newspaper. [Times]
  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.
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  5. 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.
  6. The Tampa Bay Times has launched a new flash briefing that you can listen to on Alexa devices. [Associated Press]
  7. 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.
  8. 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)
  9. 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)
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Sharon Kennedy Wynne, editor of the Times events and calendar listings, left, and Kelly A. Stefani, senior editorial assistant for the news features department, compile hundreds of events each week for the Times calendars. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  13. CHRIS URSO   |   Times Tampa Bay Times staff writer Paul Guzzo, left, and staff photographer James Borchuck are seen near the edge of a property believed to be the former Zion Cemetery Monday, July 1, 2019 in Tampa.
  14. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times Redington Beach would be entirely flooded by a 2-foot rise in sea level, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A group of Florida newsrooms have banded together to cover climate change.
  15. Tampa Bay Times features writer, Christopher Spata, is seen working at his desk. May 28, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE   |   Times]
  16. CHRIS URSO   |   Times Emerging Platforms Producer Allison Graves and Senior Digital Editor, Emerging Platforms Joshua Gillin discuss the Tampa Bay Times DayStarter inside the newsroom.
  17. Staff photographer Monica Herndon aims the camera at offensive tackle Donovan Smith during a photo shoot this month. [MARK KATCHES   |   Times]
  18. ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times Inverness Middle School’s Civic Teacher Donald Whitaker helps students learn about journalism by using Tampa Bay Times newspapers.
  19. Los nuevos estantes o racks de venta del Tampa Bay Times son de última tecnología. Foto: Boyzell Hosey /Tampa Bay Times
  20. BOYZELL HOSEY   |   Times The Tampa Bay Times has unveiled a new type of newspaper rack equipped with a 24-inch monitor that can stream news and information at select retail outlets around the bay area. TimesVision is being installed in about 50 locations. This one is located at a Kahwa in St. Petersburg.
  21. Tampa Bay Times reporters Diana C. Nearhos (from left), Mari Faiello and Eduardo A Encina cover the Lightning from the first row of the press box at Amalie Arena at a recent game. They will all be part of the Times' team providing coverage of the NHL playoffs.
  22. Defendant John Jonchuck watches as attorney's look at photographs of his deceased daughter Phoebe Jonchuck in court, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  23. Sherman's Lagoon is a 7-day a week comic strip that is the brainchild of Annapolis-based artist Jim Toomey. He has been drawing the inhabitants of a fictional lagoon for more than 20 years.