Tampa Bay Times editor and VP Neil Brown suffers heart attack

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Tampa Bay Times editor and vice president Neil Brown suffered a heart attack recently while playing tennis, according to an internal email from Times Publishing Co. CEO Paul Tash.

“Our friend and colleague Neil Brown had a heart attack this morning while he was playing tennis,” writes Tash. “Fortunately, he quickly summoned help and was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital, where doctors inserted a
stent to open a blockage in a coronary artery.”

“The early reports are encouraging,” writes Tash.

I asked Jounice Nealy-Brown, Communications Director at the Times, for comment without revealing that I had the email from Tash and she said that the Times does not comment on the health issues of its employees. 

Brown was named editor of the Times in May 2010, and in that capacity oversees the journalism published in the Times, on its website tampabay.com, and in related products including PolitiFact.com and a daily tabloid called tbt*, according to a company profile. 

During Brown’s tenure leading the Times news staff, the paper has won more national and state awards than at any time in its history, including four Pulitzer Prizes. 

Brown lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, journalist and author Gelareh Asayesh. They have two children.

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