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.

Tampa Bay Times journalism makes a profound impact in our community

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
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...

Ask Alexa to read you the news from the Tampa Bay Times and she will

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.

Tampa Bay Timesí coverage of Hurricane Dorian free on

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
You wonít need a paid digital subscription to access our hurricane-related coverage as long as the storm poses a threat to Tampa Bay.

Gannett and GateHouse merger changes the media landscape in Florida - column

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.

Journalists are growing more cautious about naming perpetrators of mass violence

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.