TAMPA (May 10, 2022)— In their first joint public appearance, the outgoing and incoming chairmen of the Tampa Bay Times will discuss the past, present and future of the newspaper during the May 20 meeting of the Tampa Tiger Bay Club.
The appearance by retiring Chairman Paul Tash and his successor, Conan Gallaty, comes on the heels of the Times winning its 14th Pulitzer Prize, for investigative reporting on a toxic Tampa lead factory.
The Times has won Pulitzer Prizes two years in a row and in six of the past 10 years, but like most newspapers is struggling financially. Founded more than a century ago as the weekly Hillsborough Times, it grew to be the best-selling daily newspaper in the southeast but now publishes only twice a week with a newsroom less than half the size it once was. The federal government recently took over its pension plan.
Can the Times survive these difficult days for news media?
The program begins promptly at noon on May 20 in the ballroom of the Cuban Club, 2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba in Ybor City. The meeting is open to the public. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. Go to tigerbayclub.com for tickets.
The Tampa Tiger Bay Club, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan political group that presents lively discussions on important issues and candidates running for office.