Chris Tisch, Senior Digital Editor, Audience and Engagement

Chris Tisch

Senior Digital Editor, Audience and Engagement

I'm the senior digital editor for audience and engagement at the Times. I've lived in the Tampa Bay area since 1995 after growing up in a remote town of 2,500 in northern Wisconsin. After a childhood filled with things like ice fishing, Green Bay Packers worship and saying funny words like 'bubbler' and 'you betcha,' I studied journalism at Northwestern University before landing a job covering the cops beat at the Bradenton Herald. I came to the Times five years later and have been in the thick of a number of big stories, including covering Florida's death penalty, riding out and reporting on Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, helping with the Terri Schiavo story and co-authoring a project about the mounting number of fatal prescription drug overdoses in Florida.

Google honors Eddie Aikau, an inspiration to loved ones of Times outdoors editor Terry Tomalin

Google honored famed lifeguard and surfer Eddie Aikau with this image on its home page Saturday.
The phrase ‘Eddie Would Go’ became a signature of his daring rescues. It’s a familiar phrase to those who knew Terry.

4,500-pound great white shark found dead with large turtle in its mouth

A fisherman posted to Facebook this photo of a great white shark found dead with a turtle in its mouth.
A fisherman posted the photos on Facebook and his phone started to blow up with notifications.

Pinellas mothers come together to figure out man always riding bike on school grounds is a sex offender

Herbert John Saxton is charged with trespassing on school grounds. A group of mothers in Seminole were suspicious of him always riding on the grounds of an elementary school. They were able to figure out he was registered sex offender and alerted law enforcement. Photo courtesy Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.
They talked on Facebook, then one of them looked on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s registered sex offender website. He was arrested on a trespassing charge.

A Florida man’s car was stolen with his son inside. He chased the car for five miles, then shot the thief.

Authorities say Lamar Thurman, shown here in a Florida Department of Corrections photo, was shot after he stole a man's car with a boy inside.
The suspected car thief is in critical condition and will likely face criminal charges if he lives.

Gulfport man uses squirt gun to shoot his urine at a woman walking her dog, police say

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He was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor battery.