Paul Tash


Distinguished Alumni Service Award (2012)
B.A., 1976
The Media School Distinguished Alumni Award (2011)
B.A., 1976
Marshall Scholar (1976)


Paul Tash, BA'76, is the editor of the St. Petersburg Times and the chairman and chief executive officer of the Times Publishing Co. A native of South Bend, Indiana, Tash graduated summa cum laude from IU. As a Marshall Scholar, he graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of laws degree from Edinburgh University in Scotland in 1978. He began with the Times as a summer intern in 1975 and became chairman and CEO in 2004 after working as a reporter, city editor, metro editor, Washington bureau chief and executive editor. He also is chairman of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, which owns Times Publishing.

He oversaw the development of the successful online enterprises TampaBay.com and PolitiFact.com. PolitiFact.com is known nationally for examining the truthfulness of political statements and campaign promises. It was awarded the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. He also serves on the boards of the Pulitzer Prizes, the Associated Press and the Newspaper Association of America.