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Howard Altman (born March 1, 1960) is an American journalist and newspaper editor who currently writes for The War Zone. He was an investigative reporter, columnist and news editor at the Philadelphia City Paper for many years, and its editor-in-chief from March 2003 until he was fired in May 2004. During his tenure at the City Paper, Altman won multiple local and state awards in the "weekly alternative" or "non-daily" categories for his columns, sports coverage, and investigative reporting. Altman and colleagues have also won awards as editors for the front-page design of the City Paper's issue dealing with the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Relocating to Tampa, Florida, Altman joined The Tampa Tribune as courts and cops editor in the converged newsroom of the Tribune, Tampa Bay Online ( and the local NBC television affiliate, WFLA-TV.[1] There, he helped form the Continuous News Desk, which merged all three platforms into one synchronized unit he helped run. It revolutionized how and when news was delivered across platforms. Page views and time on site skyrocketed, forcing competition to follow suit.

Altman later became the Tribune's military reporter, given the large military presence in the Tampa Bay. This presence includes MacDill Air Force Base, the two unified combatant commands that are headquartered at MacDill AFB, the Avon Park Air Force Range, Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, numerous smaller U.S. Coast Guard installations, multiple homeported Coast Guard cutters, various Reserve and National Guard facilities, two large Veterans Administration medical centers, and one of the largest active duty military, reserve military (to include National Guard), retired military and non-career military veteran populations in Florida.

With the May 2016 acquisition of The Tampa Tribune by its long-time St. Petersburg, Florida-based competitor, The Tampa Bay Times (formerly The St. Petersburg Times), Altman became the senior writer/military affairs for The Tampa Bay Times.[2] In addition to print media, Altman is also a periodic guest on local radio and television segments in the Tampa Bay area regarding military affairs.[3] After departing Tampa Bay, Altman moved to MilitaryTimes as senior managing editor. In February 2022 he was fired by MilitaryTimes. In April 2022 The War Zone announced his hire as a staff writer.[4]


  1. ^ "Howard Altman". The Daily Beast. 26 December 2009.
  2. ^ "PM Tampa Bay with Ryan Gorman".
  3. ^ "Tampa Bay Times Military Reporter Howard Altman (4-2-18)".
  4. ^ @thewarzonewire (April 4, 2022). "We are so excited to announce that today is Howard Altman's first day with TWZ! Howard brings such an incredible skill set to our team, we can't wait to see where it all goes. His first post will be up today, keep an eye out! And make sure to follow him @haltman !" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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