Tara McCarty - News Design Director

News Design Director

I design the way stories appear in the newspaper. I first wanted to be a reporter — when I was a 10-year-old at Walsingham Elementary. But while attending St. Petersburg High I would get anxious about talking to strangers. So I discovered a new path to journalism: newspaper design. I got my journalism degree at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg while working at the Tampa Bay Times printing plant. I started as a designer in 2012. When I’m not playing Tetris with the front page, I’m napping on the beach, putting my nose in a book or rubbing the belly of my spoiled Bichon, Lily. And I got to be a reporter after all: Check out my analysis of <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Taylor Swift’s music here</strong></a>.

  1. Lara Goldstein (middle, with Heather Meglino and Jennifer Petrash) graduated from the University of South Florida in 2008 and found work quickly. But after a year, her freelance production work dried up.
  2. Taylor Swift's new album Lover, released Aug. 23, 2019.
  3. LUIS SANTANA  |   Times  
Drake performs at Amalie Arena during his Summer Sixteen tour in Tampa. [Saturday, August  27, 2016] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  4. Courtesy of Premium PR Times staffer Tara McCarty was invited to meet Taylor Swift before the Reputation Stadium Tour at Raymond James Stadium on Aug. 14, 2018 after Tara wrote an article analyzing Taylor&#92;u2019s lyrics.  Courtesy of Premium PR.
  5. Aug. 10, 2018• Music
    [Delphine Lee, Special to the Times]
  6. Lil Wayne and his Young Money cohorts performed at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg on Sept. 1, 2017.
  7. Beyonce performed at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium on April 29.
  8. If you're planning to love your kayak for any prolonged length of time, make sure to store it properly, keeping it out of the sometimes harsh Florida elements. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times (2006)]
  9. Prowler Big Game Kayak, fully rigged.
  10. A screengrab from Tampa Bay Times designer Tara McCarty's Instagram page, showing a like from Taylor Swift, a.k.a. @taylorswift.