Michael Van Sickler
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.