Michael Van Sickler - Assistant Managing Editor, News

Assistant Managing Editor, News

As assistant managing editor/news, I oversee breaking news, criminal justice, business, health, environment, state and local government and politics, and education. I’ve been with the Times for more than two decades. As a Times reporter, I've covered growth and development, St. Pete City Hall and state government in Tallahassee. I've been editing since 2015, running our local government team for a year and our politics and state government coverage for another five years. After becoming metro editor in January 2022, I was promoted months later to my current job. Since I covered it more than a decade ago as a reporter, this bustling region of more than 3 million has changed dramatically. Back then, our local economy was badly shaken by the Great Recession. Today, our teeming downtowns have been transformed and our property values have rebounded. Still, fundamental problems persist. I grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland and moved to the Sunshine State to attend the University of Florida. I’ve called Lakeland, West Palm Beach, Tampa, and Tallahassee home. I'm now in St. Petersburg with my wife, Kat, and son Robert.

  1. Tampa Bay Times reporter Michaela Mulligan, right, speaks with University of South Florida St. Petersburg adjunct professor Elliott Wiser during the recording of a podcast Friday, Sept. 15, 2023 in St. Petersburg.
  2. Sept. 30, 2023• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Pensacola.
  3. Sept. 24, 2023• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Lucy Morgan in August 1978.
  4. Participants and others are seen during the Spotlight Tampa Bay panel discussion on Tampa Bay housing at the Palladium on Wednesday in St. Petersburg.
  5. May 21, 2023• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    The 2023 winners of the Red “R.F.” Pittman essay contest, left to right: Kaylee Greelish, Sickles High School; Alexsandra Wilkes, Gaither High School; and Kaylee Matteis, Newsome High School.
  6. Former president Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
  7. The 2022 winners of the R.F. “Red” Pittman Tribune essay contest, left to right: Andrea Rodriguez, Newsome High School; Rowan O'Flanagan, Plant High School; Suhani M. Shah, Carrollwood Day School; and Ryan R. Kelly, Tampa Preparatory School.
  8. A crowd of people gather outside the Supreme Court, Monday night, May 2, 2022, in Washington. A draft opinion circulated among Supreme Court justices suggests that earlier this year a majority of them had thrown support behind overturning the 1973 case Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a report published Monday night in Politico. It’s unclear if the draft represents the court’s final word on the matter.
  9. President Donald Trump listens to a question from a reporter during a meeting with newly elected governors in the Cabinet Room of the White House in 2018. From left, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker, D-Ill., Governor-elect Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and Trump.
  10. May 18, 2021• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., is going to run for the U.S. Senate against Marco Rubio, according to a Politico story.
  11. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.
  12. Feb. 5, 2021• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., goes back to her office after speaking on the floor of the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021.
  13. The view from the podium where Joe Biden will speak after being sworn-in during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.
  14. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, watches as Ramon Docobo, Asst. Director of the Pharmacy at Tampa General Hospital, removes the COVID-19 vaccine from boxes Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
  15. Alexander McGreevy, 44, of St. Petersburg, celebrates with Biden Supports at the intersection of Tyrone Blvd N and Park St N Saturday, November 7, 2020.
  16. Sept. 19, 2020• The Buzz on Florida Politics
    Gov. Ron DeSantis and Barbara Lagoa, who is the first Hispanic nominated by President Donald Trump to be confirmed for a U.S. Court of Appeals vacancy out of 48 judges.
  17. President Donald Trump speaks to supporters in October at The Villages retirement community.
  18. President Donald Trump, shown greeting Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey at a campaign rally in Fort Myers on Oct. 31, in 2018.
  19. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a protocolary meeting of the Permanent Council at the Organization of the American States, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Michael A. McCoy)
  20. Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, laughs in 2019 with U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz, left. Both were popular subjects with Buzz readers.
  21. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  22. Charlie Crist, seen here in 2008 when he was Florida governor, throws out the first pitch for game at Tropicana Field.
  23. Rep. Kathy Castor speaks with members of the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 in St. Petersburg.