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Mark Katches - Executive Editor

Executive Editor

I oversee the largest newsroom in the state of Florida. Before that, I served as editor at The Oregonian in Portland. And before that I oversaw the newsroom at the Center for Investigative Reporting. As a young boy I had a paper route, and, at the age of 13, I wrote my first newspaper article for a little weekly called the Millbrae Sun, not far from San Francisco. The editor paid me 3 cents a word, and I was hooked for life. I love my family, our two crazy cockapoos and our journalistic mission. I believe strongly that local journalism makes an important difference in our community while offering tremendous opportunities to engage with readers – our neighbors. Write to me any time.

  1. TV Takes illustration [LISA MERKLIN  |  Times]
  2. TV Takes illustration [LISA MERKLIN  |  Times]
  3. TV Takes illustration [LISA MERKLIN  |  Times]
  4. Mychael Latimer Jr., 3, stands in the intersection of N 22nd street at East Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd where the road remained closed as protesters demanded justice for George Floyd and other victims of police brutality on Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Tampa. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  5. The exterior of the Tampa Bay Times Building is seen Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 in St. Petersburg. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  6. CHRIS URSO   |   Times
The exterior of the Tampa Bay Times Building is seen Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 in St. Petersburg. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  7. A new fund has been launched to support the journalism of the Tampa Bay Times newsroom. Most journalists are based in the Times' St. Petersburg building. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  8. The exterior of the Tampa Bay Times Building in St. Petersburg. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  9. The exterior of the Tampa Bay Times Building in St. Petersburg. [Times]
  10. The exterior of the Tampa Bay Times Building in St. Petersburg. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  11. Tampa Bay Times investigative reporter Bethany Barnes found that Garda had a history of putting dangerous trucks and error-prone drivers on the road – resulting in deaths and injuries across America. [Ohio State Highway Patrol]
  12. The Thomas Joseph crossword puzzle will return to Baylink on Nov. 22. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  13. The Tampa Bay Times is Florida's largest newspaper. [Times]
  14. Nov. 1, 2019• St. Petersburg
    Frank Peterson is surrounded by his family, Priscilla, 13; Francine, 11; Valian, 9 months; Pamela, 7, and Sharon, 10. This picture was taken in 1961. [TIBBO, BRUCE  |  St. Petersburg Times]
  15. Tampa Bay Times staff writer Paul Guzzo, left, and staff photographer James Borchuck are seen near the edge of a property that has been determined to be the former Zion Cemetery Monday, July 1, 2019 in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO | Times]
  16. The Tampa Bay Times has launched a new flash briefing that you can listen to on Alexa devices. [Associated Press]
  17. Jerry Alonso 69, stocks up on plywood to board up windows at his home in preparation for Hurricane Dorian at the Home Depot store on 1712 N Dale Mabry Hwy in Tampa on Thursday. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   TIMES  |  Times]
  18. Two of the country's largest newspaper companies announced Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, that they have agreed to combine in the latest media deal driven by the industry's struggles with a decline of printed editions. GateHouse Media, a chain backed by an investment firm, is buying USA Today owner Gannett Co. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
  19. Dos de las compañías de periódicos más grandes del país anunciaron el lunes 5 de agosto de 2019 que acordaron combinarse en el último acuerdo de medios impulsado por la lucha de la industria en una disminución de las ediciones impresas. GateHouse Media, una cadena respaldada por una empresa de inversión está comprando USA Today propiedad de Gannett Co. (AP Photo / Richard Drew, Archivo)
  20. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times Friends and family mourned Christopher Sanfeliz, 24, at Blount and Curry Funeral Home on June 18, 2016. Sanfeliz was killed in the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. He graduated from Gaither High School in 2010.
  21. MONICA HERNDON | Times El 18 de junio de 2016, los amigos y familiares lloraron a Christopher Sanfeliz, de 24 años, en Blount and Curry Funeral Home. Sanfeliz fue asesinado en el tiroteo en el club nocturno Pulse en Orlando. Se graduó de la preparatoria Gaither en 2010.
  22. Sharon Kennedy Wynne, editor of the Times events and calendar listings, left, and Kelly A. Stefani, senior editorial assistant for the news features department, compile hundreds of events each week for the Times calendars. [CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  23. CHRIS URSO   |   Times Tampa Bay Times staff writer Paul Guzzo, left, and staff photographer James Borchuck are seen near the edge of a property believed to be the former Zion Cemetery Monday, July 1, 2019 in Tampa. [CHRIS URSO | Times]