After working his way up through the newspaper scene in the state of Florida, Chris Davis is moving on, and out of the state, to serve as vice president of investigative reporting for the USA Today Network.
Beginning Aug. 1, Davis will be responsible for overseeing USA Today’s investigative work as well as help guide local investigations for the network’s nationwide collection of publications.
Davis comes to USA Today from the Tampa Bay Times, where, during his tenure as senior investigations editor and then as deputy managing editor for investigations and data, he has overseen multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning efforts, including this year’s Local Reporting and Investigative Reporting prize, the latter a joint project with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
According to chief content officer Joanne Lipman, who Davis will report to, Davis has not only been responsible for investigative and data teams, but has been instrumental in their development:
Chris started at the Times as senior investigations editor, consolidating the newspaper’s investigative reporters onto a single I-team. As Deputy Managing Editor of investigations and data, he then helped create the newspaper’s first data team, a seven-member group of computer programmers and data analysts embedded in the newsroom.
Before the Times, Chris was a reporter, assignment editor and eventually assistant managing editor at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, where he also helped start the paper’s first I-team.
Davis will be based out of Tysons Corner, Va.