Kathleen McGrory named Tampa Bay Times deputy editor, investigations

She will be the first woman to oversee the newsroom’s watchdog unit

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Kathleen McGrory has been named deputy editor for investigations at the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Florida, becoming the first woman to run the newsroom’s watchdog team. McGrory has served as deputy investigations editor since 2018.

She will take over the investigative team in mid-January. She succeeds Adam Playford, who is joining the New York Times as a projects editor for the Upshot.

“Kat is one of the absolute best investigative reporters in the country, whose work has had a profound impact in our community,” executive editor and vice president Mark Katches told the newsroom in announcing the move. “I’m excited to see her step into this important leadership role.”

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