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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. Call or write any time.

  1. 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.
    From revealing patterns of child deaths at a venerable local institution to discovering a missing cemetery for black men, women and children, the Times tells stories no other news organization can...
  2. The Tampa Bay Times has launched a new flash briefing that you can listen to on Alexa devices. [Associated Press]
    Voice-activated devices from Amazon and Google are the latest way news organizations can deliver information.
  3. 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.
    You won’t need a paid digital subscription to access our hurricane-related coverage as long as the storm poses a threat to Tampa Bay.
  4. 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)
    Tampa Bay Times is one of the last remaining independent, single-owner newsrooms in the state.
  5. 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.
  6. 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]
  7. 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.
  8. LUIS SANTANA   |   Times Redington Beach would be entirely flooded by a 2-foot rise in sea level, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. A group of Florida newsrooms have banded together to cover climate change.
  9. Tampa Bay Times features writer, Christopher Spata, is seen working at his desk. May 28, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE   |   Times]
  10. CHRIS URSO   |   Times Emerging Platforms Producer Allison Graves and Senior Digital Editor, Emerging Platforms Joshua Gillin discuss the Tampa Bay Times DayStarter inside the newsroom.