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Paul Tash, Former chairman of Tampa Bay Times/Times Publishing Company

November 14, 2022

Paul Tash started with the Times as a local news reporter in 1978 and worked his way through various news jobs before becoming the chief executive and chairman of the company. He retired in June. While Tash was chairman, Times journalists won eight Pulitzer Prizes; only seven news organizations won more. Tash is chairman of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a school for journalists and media leaders, which owns Times Publishing. The Times is the only major news organization in Florida that is independent and locally owned. Tash has served on the boards of America’s leading journalism organizations, including the Associated Press, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Pulitzer Prizes, where he was the chairman. Tash is a member of the Journalism Hall of Fame in both Florida and Indiana, his native state. In 2012, Tash received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from Indiana University, and he was the university’s commencement speaker in 2018. Tash is married to the former Karyn Krayer, who was a legendary teacher at St. Petersburg High School. They met on a blind date arranged by the Times’ social columnist. They have two daughters, a physician and a lawyer, and twin grandchildren. Their older daughter was delivered by the same obstetrician who delivered her mother.

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