Tampa Bay Times CEO Paul Tash to speak Pulitzer Prizes and journalism in Tallahassee on Thursday

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Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of the Tampa Bay Times, will be in Tallahassee Thursday for a presentation on the Pulitzer Prize and its impact on modern journalism.

Tash will be there to present “What The Pulitzer Prizes Reveal About American Journalism” to the Economic Club of Florida at noon on August 29 at the Donald L Tucker Civic Center on the grounds of Florida State University.

In addition to heading the Times, Tash chairs the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the non-profit school for journalism located in St. Petersburg. 

In addition, Tash is a member of the Florida Council of 100, a non-partisan consortium of leading financial and strategic thinkers, created to advise the governor and state lawmakers on economic policy issues.

In 2013, Tash became chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, succeeding Denver Post Editor Gregory Moore the New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman. He also sits on the boards of the Associated Press and the Committee to Protect Journalists, a non-profit organization that promotes international freedom of the press.

The former beat reporter started by covering local news for the Times, then working up to the state government reporting in Tallahassee, city editor, metropolitan editor, Washington bureau chief. In 2004, Tash became chief executive of the Times.

In 2012, Indiana University awarded Tash, a native of South Bend, Ind., the Distinguished Alumni Service Award, and recently inducted him to the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame. 

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