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Paul Tash’s daughter representing company in Bill Edwards lawsuit

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The attorney-daughter of Times Publishing Company chairman and CEO Paul Tash is now among the lawyers involved in a case lodged by whistleblowers against St. Petersburg developer and philanthropist Bill Edwards and his former Mortgage Investors Corp., court records show.

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Jeff Vinik is one of four secret lenders to Tampa Bay Times, publisher of La Gaceta contends

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Jeff Vinik, the owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning who is investing billions of dollars to remake Tampa downtown waterfront, is one of four secret lenders to the Tampa Bay Times according to Patrick Manteiga, the publisher of La Gaceta. Manteiga first identified Vinik as one of the secret lenders in his weekly “As We Heard It” column. He confirmed that he was making this assertion in a phone interview with SPB Wednesday. “I have a very, very good source…

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Poynter President Tim Franklin resigns for role at Medill School of Journalism

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Poynter Institute President Tim Franklin is resigning to become senior associate dean at the Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing at Northwestern University. Franklin joined the St. Petersburg-based nonprofit journalistic foundation in 2014, leading “a financial turnaround at the Institute and adapted Poynter’s business to the changing industry,” according to the news release. Franklin’s career includes a stint at the Chicago Tribune before becoming the top editor at The Indianapolis Star, Orlando Sentinel and The Baltimore Sun. Franklin…

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Tampa Bay Times to purchase Peter Schorsch’s Extensive Enterprises Media

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In a move sure to send shockwaves throughout Florida’s media and political circles, Times Publishing Co. and the non-profit Poynter Institute, owners of the Tampa Bay Times, have acquired St. Petersburg-based Extensive Enterprises Media. Extensive Enterprises is one of the nation’s fastest growing media concerns, producing Florida’s most influential political websites, including FloridaPolitics.com, SaintPetersBlog.com, OrlandoRising.com, and INFLUENCE Magazine, as well as a suite of email newsletters. Extensive Enterprises president Peter Schorsch announced the acquisition Saturday morning. Terms of the sale were not…

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Tampa Bay Times’ Paul Tash says a priority for him is to ‘reconnect’ with Donald Trump supporters

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Although the Tampa Bay Times has a national presence, its greatest impact is, arguably, its reporting on what’s going on in the Tampa Bay area and the state of Florida. Yet when Paul Tash, the paper’s president and CEO, came before the usually aggressive members of the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, most of those who got the chance to ask him a question focused on their concerns about the phenomenon known as “fake news” and other related aspects…

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Five months after buying Tampa Trib, Tampa Bay Times announces more layoffs

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Five months after purchasing rival Tampa Tribune, the Tampa Bay Times will be eliminating more jobs in the upcoming budget year, in an effort to bring the newspaper to the same staffing levels as 2015. Benjamin Mullen of Poynter.org reports that Paul Tash, Times Publishing Company chair and CEO, announced the cutbacks in a memo to employees Monday. “Payroll is our biggest single expense, and in 2017 we will return to the same overall levels we had in 2015 —…

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Sebastian Dortch joins Times Publishing Company’s board of directors

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The Board of Directors of Times Publishing Company has named Sebastian Dortch as its newest member. Dortch, a 20-year Times employee, leads the company’s Human Resources Department and was instrumental in its recent acquisition of the Tampa Tribune. “Sebastian brings rich experience, keen insights and extraordinary character to the Times board,” said Paul Tash, the Times chairman and chief executive. “First as a journalist and then as an executive, he has made our company better. As a fellow director, he…

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