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Mark KatchesMark Katches
Vice President/Executive Editor

Mark Katches is the vice president and executive editor of the Tampa Bay Times. He assumed the role as the top editor of Florida’s largest newsroom in August 2018. He previously served for four years as editor and vice president of content at The Oregonian/OregonLive in Portland, where his newsroom grew its digital audience by more than 70 percent while winning numerous national journalism awards for investigative reporting, breaking news coverage and narrative writing.

Before moving to Portland, Mark was editorial director of the Center for Investigative Reporting, where he helped launch a start-up investigative website focusing on accountability reporting in the state of California. He helped grow the center’s newsroom from a team of about a dozen watchdog journalists into what was at the time the largest investigative reporting newsroom in the country with about 50 journalists. Mark also built investigative reporting teams at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Orange County Register, and he directly edited Pulitzer winning projects in local reporting in  2008 and 2010. He served as a consulting editor on a third Pulitzer winner, in the public service category, in 2015. Stories he directed have been named finalists for the Pulitzer five times.

A California native who earned his journalism degree at San Jose State University, Mark has taught journalism as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and Stanford University. He completed the year-long Punch Sulzberger Executive Leadership Program at Columbia University in 2013. Mark served on the board of directors at Investigative Reporters and Editors, where he oversaw the organization’s mentorship program for six years. He is a member of the Kaiser Health News advisory board.  


Tel: (727) 893-8441
Twitter: @markkatches