Tampa Bay Times announces new board members, promotions

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Veteran journalist Sherri Day and Poynter Institute VP Kelly McBride will join the board.

The board of directors for the Tampa Bay Times’ publishing company is getting a pair of new members, the paper announced Tuesday.

Veteran journalist Sherri Day and Poynter Institute VP Kelly McBride will join the board. The Poynter Institute owns the Tampa Bay Times.

Day, 42, joined the Tampa Bay Times as a reporter almost 15 years ago. She has held a variety of positions at the paper, including assistant metro editor, before joining the editorial board in 2013. Day became the company’s director of communications and grants in 2016.

McBride, 52, worked as a daily newspaper reporter in the Pacific Northwest for 15 years before joining Poynter’s faculty in 2002. She the host of the Everyday Ethics podcast, and considered a one of the country’s foremost experts on journalism and ethics.

In addition to the new board members, the Times announced that Joe DeLuca and Conan Gallaty have been promoted to executive vice presidents of the publishing company.

DeLuca, 60, also was named general manager. During his two decades at the Times, DeLuca has led some of the company’s most important initiatives, including its Tampa edition and, more recently, its strategic planning group.

Gallaty, 42, joined the company last year as its first chief digital officer. He is regarded as one of the country’s most innovative minds in digital publishing, and his imprint on the Times’ technology and digital products is already making substantial contributions to the business.

The announcement is the latest in what’s been a sizable shakeup at the Times.

Last week news broke that longtime political editor Adam Smith was leaving to take a public relations job at Mercury. The following day, the paper announced Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Laura Reiley was taking a job at The Washington Post, effective Feb. 14.

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