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Tampa Bay Times names assistant managing editors, promotes others to key editing roles

Graham Brink
Graham Brink
Published Dec. 18, 2016

The Tampa Bay Times has promoted several key newsroom leaders in moves that the top editors said would build on the Times' commitment to local news and features coverage, investigative and narrative journalism, and visual storytelling online and in the newspaper.

Two veteran journalists were named assistant managing editors in recognition of their leadership contributions and expanded responsibilities.

Graham Brink, 46, a 19-year staffer who has been the paper's metro editor since 2014, becomes assistant managing editor for metro, state and business news. Boyzell Hosey, 52, who joined the paper in 1998 and has directed the Times' photo coverage since 2006, becomes assistant managing editor for photography/multimedia.

In 2016, the Times won two Pulitzer Prizes and expanded its market reach through the acquisition of the Tampa Tribune and tbo.com. The appointments of Brink and Hosey, announced by Times editor Neil Brown and managing editor Jennifer Orsi, come as part of a series of promotions over recent weeks.

Brown said the appointments reflect the organization's depth and diversity of talent as it seeks to expand its prominence, reach new and younger audiences, and maintain its standing as the region's leading news source.

The other appointments:

• Chris Tisch, 43, becomes audience editor, a new position aimed at expanding the Times' reach on tampabay.com and tbo.com and its presence on social media. Tisch has been the Times' business editor since 2014.

• Jeff Harrington, 54, a senior business reporter who has written extensively about the Tampa Bay economy and the insurance industry, succeeds Tisch as business editor.

• Stephanie Hayes, 33, an accomplished writer and author who has been arts and entertainment editor since April 2015, becomes features editor.

• Deputy managing editor Amy Hollyfield, 45, will add oversight for features and lifestyles to her portfolio, which includes political coverage.

• Michael LaForgia, 33, who has won two Pulitzer Prizes for local reporting since joining the Times in 2012, was named investigations editor, overseeing investigative coverage.

• Adam Playford, 29, who directs the Times' data journalism team, becomes deputy investigations editor.

• Alexandra Zayas, 34, an award-winning investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist, was named enterprise editor, leading the newsroom's efforts to expand enterprise and narrative stories.

"The marketplace for smart, engaging and distinctive journalism remains hot, and the Times is lucky to have fresh and engaging leaders to direct the work," Brown said.

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