Mark Katches, Executive Editor

Mark Katches

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.

Journalists are growing more cautious about naming perpetrators of mass violence

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.
Newsrooms are thinking more about how major acts of violence are told in the media. That includes when to name those responsible.

Looking for things to do in Tampa Bay? Our team always has you covered

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]
A team of staffers inside the newsroom makes sure you can always find something to do with the family or date night.

Mystery cemetery in Tampa: Journalists chipped away for months to unearth hundreds of lost gravesites.

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.
It started with a tip from someone who believes in ghosts. It ended with the discovery of hundreds of lost souls in the city of Tampa.

Florida newsrooms band together to cover the effects of climate change

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.
The Tampa Bay Times will be one of six media outlets that will share coverage of climate change and collaborate on joint projects.

Meet reporter Christopher Spata, who specializes in the offbeat feature stories at the Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Times features writer, Christopher Spata, is seen working at his desk. May 28, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE   |   Times]
He's introduced you to some of the quirkiest and most interesting characters around Tampa Bay during his three years as a Times feature writer.