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 since 2003. As a Times reporter, I covered a range of beats, including New Tampa; growth and development; and St. Pete City Hall. From 2012 to 2015, I was based in Tallahassee as part of the Time’s state Capitol bureau that we share with the Miami Herald. In 2015, I was promoted to assistant metro editor overseeing local government. I oversaw the Times’ state government and political coverage for five years before becoming metro editor in January 2022. I was promoted to assistant managing editor in August 2022. This bustling region of more than 3 million has changed dramatically since I covered it more than a decade ago as a growth and development reporter. Back then, our local economy was so badly shaken by the Great Recession, it would have been difficult to imagine the teeming downtowns and rising property values of today. I grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland and moved to the Sunshine State to attend the University of Florida. Since then, I’ve called Lakeland, West Palm Beach, Tampa, and Tallahassee home. I'm now in St. Petersburg, where I live with my wife, Kat, son Robert, and rescue beagle Susan.

  1. Former president Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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)
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. President Donald Trump speaks to supporters in October at The Villages retirement community.
  13. President Donald Trump, shown greeting Ron DeSantis and his wife Casey at a campaign rally in Fort Myers on Oct. 31, in 2018.
  14. 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)
  15. Gov. Ron DeSantis, right, laughs in 2019 with U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz, left. Both were popular subjects with Buzz readers.
  16. 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)
  17. Charlie Crist, seen here in 2008 when he was Florida governor, throws out the first pitch for game at Tropicana Field.
  18. Rep. Kathy Castor speaks with members of the Tampa Bay Times editorial board Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 in St. Petersburg.
  19. Florida Supreme Court Justices Barbara Lagoa, left, and Robert Luck, right, were appointed to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta by President Trump.
  20. Rick Scott's Navy cap.
  21. Marion Hammer, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association. [News Service of Florida]
  22. A shopper walks past a few cases of water that remain on the shelves at Walmart on 34th St S and 38th Ave S ahead of Hurricane Dorian in St. Petersburg.
  23. A dump truck emerges from behind a pile of dirt and sand Wednesday (3/27/13) at the Lago Verde sand mine in Spring Hill where cattle feed in open pastures surrounding the site. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]