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Michael LaForgia leaving Tampa Bay Times to join New York Times investigative reporting team

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Another award-winning Tampa Bay Times reporter and editor is moving on. On Thursday, the paper announced Michael LaForgia is heading to The New York Times to become part of its investigative reporting team. The 33-year-old LaForgia has been the investigative editor for the Tampa Bay Times since August, and with the paper overall since 2012. He has been twice part of a team that won a Pulitzer for Local Reporting. The first Pulitzer was in 2014, when LaForgia and Will Hobson won…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.4.16 – Trib out

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The news yesterday that the Tampa Bay Times and absorbed the assets of the crosstown rival Tampa Tribune marks the end of rumors which I can recount starting back in 2008. That’s when stories surfaced that the paper would fold after the 2009 Super Bowl; That didn’t come to pass. Then the rumor was the Trib would fold after the 2012 Republican National Convention. That too proved to be false. It’s no longer false, and our community is less for it.…

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Will ‘Failure Factories’ win the Times another Pulitzer Prize?

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Readers of the Tampa Bay Times online and print editions read every day that the paper has won 10 Pulitzer Prizes. Will that number increase to 11 later today? “Failure Factories,” the Times’ investigation into Pinellas County public schools, has won a slew of prestigious national awards since its publication last summer, but the Pulitzer is the big one, and it undoubtedly will be given strong consideration. The investigation, researched and reported by Cara Fitzpatrick, Lisa Garter, Michael LaForgia and Nathalie Lash, showed how the…

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Tampa Bay Times publishing company not out of the woods regarding finances

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Last fall, things looked as bleak as they ever have when it became publicly known that the Tampa Bay Times, like so many newspapers around the country, was struggling financially. “If you are uncertain about your standing with the Times, this is a good time for a frank conversation with your supervisor,” Times CEO Paul Tash wrote in a memo to staffers last September. “If this long, difficult stretch has tested your commitment to the Times or the newspaper business, this…

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