Times’ Paul Tash steps into the Tigers’ Den on June 7

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In St. Petersburg, the most powerful person in town is not the mayor or some other politician.  No, that title, some would argue, belongs to Paul Tash, chairman and chief executive of the Tampa Bay Times, the state’s leading newspaper.

As powerful as Tash is, is he powerful enough to withstand the tough questioning of the members of Suncoast Tiger Bay as he steps into the Tigers’ Den on Friday, June 7? This is not a group that will lob softballs at him.

No, Tigers will want to know about Tash’s vision for newspapers in the 21st century, as well as his opinions on issues both local and national. What are his opinions on the Pier and the Rays? What does Tash the journalist think about the Justice Department secretly seizing two months of phone records involving editors and reporters at the Associated Press? Or the recent IRS scandal targeting right wing political groups and members?  And yes, the nagging question “Did they really have to change the name of the St. Petersburg Times?”

The talk will take place following lunch, from 12 to 1:30 p.m at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater.  Reservations are required to attend.  Guests and non-members are welcomed. Fee is $25 for members, and $35 for guests. The St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater is located at 12600 Roosevelt Boulevard, St. Petersburg. Registration deadline is Tuesday, June 4

Visit the Tiger Bay website to register: www.TigerBay.org

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.