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Tampa Bay Times hires deputy editor for digital and partnerships

Published Jun. 26

Carolyn P. Fox, a 14-year veteran and innovator of digital journalism, has been named the Tampa Bay Times' first deputy editor, digital and partnerships.

In this role, Fox will oversee a team of digital editors, producers and designers in ratcheting up the Times' digital journalism on its website, tampabay.com, and across its newsrooms. She also will guide efforts to develop new platforms to showcase and elevate the Times' award-winning journalism, and will pursue foundation grants to help pay for it.

"In Carolyn, we are getting an inspirational leader with a distinguished track record of guiding digital newsrooms,'' Mark Katches, the Times' executive editor, said Wednesday. "She has been a remarkably effective agent of change.''

Fox comes from the New Orleans Times-Picayune and NOLA.com where she has served as the managing editor and senior director of content since 2016. She oversaw a team of more than 50 reporters, photographers and social media producers. She created and managed NOLA Studios, a video and podcast production team whose work included the history podcast Voodoo City; the video series Where NOLA Chefs Eat and award-winning documentaries.

Fox also led the newsroom's curated newsletter initiative and award-winning investigative reporting efforts that had a significant impact in Louisiana.

The Times-Picayune/NOLA.com were recently sold, and Fox said she is thrilled to join the leadership team of the Times. Her starting date is Aug. 5

"There are some folks on that staff who are journalism heroes in my (New Orleans) newsroom,'' she said, "I'm grateful to be going to a place that values local journalism so much and that is willing and ready to innovate and be thoughtful about the future of digital journalism.''

Before becoming managing editor in New Orleans, Fox helped guide entertainment coverage across all markets of Advance, the previous owner of the Times-Picayune/NOLA.com, and developed and shared best practices for building audience and engagement. From 2007 to 2014, she rose up the ranks at the National Geographic Society and ultimately served as director of content initiatives at National Geographic Digital.

Fox, raised in San Diego, has a Canadian father and is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada. She has a bachelor's degree in writing from Emerson College and a master's degree in journalism from American University. She met husband Dusty Pate, a land manager for the National Park Service, on a friend's front porch four months after moving to New Orleans. Each brought a rescue dog to the relationship, Gracie Bell and Poncho.

Fox said the whole family — human and canine — looks forward to being closer to the beach .

"As a San Diego girl, that was huge,'' she said. "And I'm looking forward to checking out the arts community in St. Petersburg. I believe the partnership with other Florida newsrooms to cover climate announced Tuesday shows how forward thinking the Tampa Bay Times is. I'm excited to become part of that.''

Contact Susan Taylor Martin at smartin@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8642. Follow @susanskate.

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