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Tampa Bay Times
St Pete Times 10-16-08 front pg.jpg
The January 1, 2012, front page of the first edition of the Tampa Bay Times.
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Times Publishing Company
EditorPaul Tash
Founded • 1884; 131 years ago (1884)
Headquarters490 First Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
United States
Circulation240,024 daily
403,229 (2011)[1]
OCLC number5920090
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Tampa Bay Times
St Pete Times 10-16-08 front pg.jpg
The January 1, 2012, front page of the first edition of the Tampa Bay Times.
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Times Publishing Company
EditorPaul Tash
Founded • 1884; 131 years ago (1884)
Headquarters490 First Avenue South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
United States
Circulation240,024 daily
403,229 (2011)[1]
OCLC number5920090

The Tampa Bay Times, previously named the St. Petersburg Times through 2011, is an American newspaper published in St. Petersburg, Florida. It is one of two major publications serving the Tampa Bay Area, the other being The Tampa Tribune, which the Times has long topped in both circulation and readership. The Times has won 10 Pulitzer Prizes since 1964,[2] and in 2009, won two in a single year for the first time in the paper's history. It is published by the Times Publishing Company, which is owned by The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a nonprofit journalism school directly adjacent to the University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus. Many issues are available through Google News Archive.[3] A daily electronic version is also available for the Amazon Kindle and iPad.


The newspaper traces its origins to the West Hillsborough Times, a weekly newspaper established in Dunedin, Florida on the Pinellas peninsula in 1884. At the time, neither St. Petersburg nor Pinellas County existed; the peninsula was part of Hillsborough County. The paper was published weekly in the back of a pharmacy and had a circulation of 480. It subsequently changed ownership six times in seventeen years. In December 1884 it was bought by A.C. Turner, who moved it to Clear Water Harbor (modern Clearwater, Florida). In 1892 it moved to St. Petersburg, and by 1898 it was officially renamed the St. Petersburg Times.[4][5]

The Times became bi-weekly in 1907, and began publication six days a week in 1912. Paul Poynter, a publisher originally from Indiana, bought the paper in September 1912 and converted to a seven-day paper, though it was rarely financially stable. Paul's son, Nelson Poynter, became editor in 1939 and took majority control of the paper in 1947, and set about improving the paper's finances and prestige. Nelson Poynter controlled the paper until his death in 1978, when he willed the majority of the stock to the non-profit Poynter Institute.[4] In November 1986, the Evening Independent was merged into the Times. Poynter was succeeded by Eugene Patterson (1978 to 1988), Andrew Barnes (1988 to 2004) and Paul C. Tash (2004 to present).[4]

On January 1, 2012, the St. Petersburg Times was renamed the Tampa Bay Times; this stemmed from a 2006 decision of a lawsuit with Media General, the publishers of The Tampa Tribune, which allowed that paper to keep its exclusive right to use the name of its defunct sister paper, The Tampa Times, for five years after the decision.

As the newly rechristened Tampa Bay Times, the paper's weekday tabloid tbt*, a free daily publication and which used "(* Tampa Bay Times)" as its subtitle, became just tbt when the name change took place.[5] The St. Pete Times name was repurposed as a new name for the Times' neighborhood news sections in southern Pinellas County (formerly Neighborhood Times), serving communities from Largo southward.

In 2003, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described the St. Petersburg Times as a "usually liberal" newspaper.[6] The Times has also been a longtime opponent to the Church of Scientology, since the church's acquisition of the Fort Harrison Hotel in 1975. The Times has published special reports and series critical of the church and its current leader, David Miscavige.[7]

In 2010, the Times published an investigative report questioning the validity of the United States Navy Veterans Association, leading to significant reaction and official investigations into the group nationwide.[8]


Main article: PolitiFact.com

The newspaper operates PolitiFact.com, a project in which its reporters and editors "fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups...."[9] They publish original statements and their evaluations on the PolitiFact.com website, and assign each a "Truth-O-Meter" rating, with ratings ranging from "True" to completely true statements to "Pants on Fire" (from the taunt "Liar, liar, pants on fire") for false and ridiculous statements. The site also includes an "Obameter", tracking U.S. President Barack Obama's performance with regard to his campaign promises.

PolitiFact.com was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 2009 for "its fact-checking initiative during the 2008 presidential campaign that used probing reporters and the power of the World Wide Web to examine more than 750 political claims, separating rhetoric from truth to enlighten voters."[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

2014Pulitzer Prize"For relentlessly investigating the squalid conditions that marked housing for Hillsborough County's substantial homeless population, leading to swift reforms."Will Hobson and Michael LaForgiaLocal ReportingWon[11]
2013Pulitzer Prize"For helping reverse the decision to end fluoridation of water in Pinellas County."Tim Nickens and Daniel RuthEditorial WritingWon[12]
2012Pulitzer PrizeTim Nickens, Joni James, John Hill and Robyn BlumnerEditorial WritingFinalist[4][13]
2010National Headliner Awards"Inside Scientology"Thomas C. Tobin and Joe ChildsInvestigative reportingFinalist[14]
Florida Society of News EditorsGold Medal for Public ServiceWon[15][16]
Pulitzer Prize"For Their Own Good"Ben Montgomery, Waveney Ann Moore, and photographer Edmund D. FountainLocal ReportingFinalist[17]
2009Pulitzer PrizePolitiFact.comTimes staff, represented by Bill Adair, Washington bureau chiefNational ReportingWon[2][18]
Public ServiceFinalist[19]
"The Girl in the Window"Lane DeGregoryFeature WritingWon[2][20]
"Winter's Tale"John BarryFeature WritingFinalist[19]
2007Scripps Howard FoundationHuman Interest WritingLane DeGregoryErnie Pyle AwardWon[21]
"A Republican vs. Republican Cellular Division"Wes AllisonRaymond Clapper AwardWon[21]
Pulitzer Prize"In His Own Defense"Christopher GoffardFeature WritingFinalist[22]
2003Scripps Howard FoundationHuman Interest WritingKelley BenhamErnie Pyle AwardWon[4][23]
2002Scripps Howard Foundation"The Poison in Your Back Yard"Julie HausermanEdward J. Meeman AwardWon[24]
2000Pulitzer Prize"Una Vida Mejor"Anne HullFeature WritingFinalist[25]
National ReportingFinalist[25]
1999Sigma Delta Chi"Deadly Rampage"Times staffExcellence in deadline reportingWon[26]
Investigative report of U.S. Rep. Corrine BrownBill Adair and David DahlWashington correspondenceWon[4][26]
1998Pulitzer Prize"Angels & Demons"Thomas FrenchFeature WritingWon[2][27]
Investigative report of The Rev. Henry LyonsTimes staffInvestigative ReportingFinalist[28]
The "Tobacco" seriesDavid BarstowExplanatory ReportingFinalist[28]
1997Pulitzer PrizeCoverage of the 1996 St. Petersburg riotTimes staffSpot News ReportingFinalist[29]
1995Pulitzer Prize"Final Indignities"Jeffrey GoodEditorial WritingWon[2][30]
"A Secret Life"Anne HullFeature WritingFinalist[31]
1992Pulitzer Prize"Life From Death"Sheryl JamesFeature WritingFinalist[32]
1991Pulitzer Prize"A Gift Abandoned"Sheryl JamesFeature WritingWon[2][33]
1985Pulitzer PrizeCorruption in Pasco County Sheriff's OfficeLucy Morgan and Jack ReedInvestigative ReportingWon[2][34]
1982Pulitzer PrizeCoverage of drug smuggling in Dixie County, FloridaLucy MorganLocal General or Spot News ReportingFinalist[35]
1980Pulitzer PrizeInvestigation of Church of Scientology operations in FloridaBette Swenson Orsini and Charles StaffordNational ReportingWon[2][36]
Times staffPublic ServiceFinalist[37]
1964Pulitzer PrizeInvestigation of Florida Turnpike AuthorityMartin Waldron and Times staff[38]Meritorious Public ServiceWon[2][39]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "eCirc for Newspapers". Audit Bureau of Circulations. September 30, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Nohlgren, Stephen (April 20, 2009). "St. Petersburg Times wins two Pulitzer Prizes". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved April 20, 2009. 
  3. ^ Shankland, Stephen (September 8, 2008). "Google raising newspaper morgues from the dead". CNET News. Retrieved December 17, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Robert W. Hooker (2011). "Times History". tampabay.com. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Deggans, Eric (November 1, 2011). "The St. Petersburg Times will become the Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 1". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Fla. woman's feeding tubes are back as debate continues". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. October 23, 2003. 
  7. ^ Tobin, Thomas C.; Childs, Joe (June 23, 2009). "The Truth Run Down". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  8. ^ Casey, Dan; Sluss, Michael (May 16, 2010). "Fla. Contributor to Va. Campaigns Raises Questions – A Man Who Lived in Florida and Gave $67,500 to Virginia Campaigns Is Under Investigation". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved February 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ "PolitiFact.com". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved August 27, 2009. 
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  13. ^ Staff (March 13, 2004). "Times writer's stories earn her 2003 Ernie Pyle Award". St. Petersburg Times. p. 3B. 
  14. ^ [4].
  15. ^ Sentinel Staff Report (June 18, 2010). "Orlando Sentinel wins 17 awards from Florida Society of News Editors". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved June 18, 2010. 
  16. ^ Staff (June 18, 2010). "FSNE Gold Medal for Public Service". FSNE 2010 Journalism Awards (Florida: Florida Society of News Editors). Retrieved June 18, 2010. Inside Scientology – The St. Petersburg Times reporting on the Church of Scientology is in the finest traditions of American journalism. The reporting by Joseph Childs and Thomas Tobin stands out for the ways in which it held accountable the powerful. 
  17. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes – Finalists 2010". Columbia University. Retrieved April 12, 2010. 
  18. ^ McElroy, Jack (April 26, 2009). "Paperless project claims a Pulitzer". Knoxville News Sentinel. p. 60. 
  19. ^ a b "The Pulitzer Prizes – Finalists 2009". Columbia University. Retrieved December 5, 2009. 
  20. ^ Young, Charles William (April 23, 2009). "St. Petersburg Times earns two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism]]". Congressional Record. p. E950–E951. 
  21. ^ a b Staff (March 10, 2007). "Scripps winners named". The Kentucky Post. p. A5. 
  22. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes – Finalists 2007". Columbia University. Retrieved December 5, 2009. 
  23. ^ St. Petersburg Times staff (March 13, 2004). "Times writer's stories earn her 2003 Ernie Pyle Award". St. Petersburg Times. p. 3B. 
  24. ^ Staff (March 2, 2002). "Two Times reporters earn national awards". St. Petersburg Times. p. 3B. 
  25. ^ a b "The Pulitzer Prizes – Finalists 2000". Columbia University. Retrieved December 5, 2009. 
  26. ^ a b Staff (April 18, 1999). "Times earns national reporting awards". St. Petersburg Times. p. 3B. 
  27. ^ Leisner, Pat (April 16, 1998). "Indianapolis native wins Pulitzer Prize". Associated Press (via the Post-Tribune). p. B5. 
  28. ^ a b "The Pulitzer Prizes – Finalists 1998". Columbia University. Retrieved December 5, 2009. 
  29. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes – Finalists 1997". Columbia University. Retrieved December 5, 2009. 
  30. ^ Staff (April 19, 1995). "Prizes honor wide range of stories; Winners of the 1995 Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism included stories of natural disaster, human tragedy and courage". Associated Press (via the Portland Press Herald. p. 7A. 
  31. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes – Finalists 1995". Columbia University. Retrieved December 5, 2009. 
  32. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes – Finalists 1992". Columbia University. Retrieved December 5, 2009. 
  33. ^ Staff (April 10, 1991). "Barberton native wins a Pulitzer". Associated Press (via the Akron Beacon Journal). p. A1. 
  34. ^ Marx, Gary (April 25, 1985). "Pulitzer winners: UCF student, St. Pete Times". Orlando Sentinel. p. A1. 
  35. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes – Finalists 1982". Columbia University. Retrieved December 5, 2009. 
  36. ^ Staff (April 16, 1980). "Pulitzer Prize board, for first time, names finalists in all categories". The Boston Globe. 
  37. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes – Finalists 1980". Columbia University. Retrieved December 5, 2009. 
  38. ^ Staff (May 28, 1981). "Martin O. Waldron Is Dead at 56; Reporting Led to a Pulitzer Prize". The New York Times. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
  39. ^ Garloch, Karen (April 1, 1988). "Observer wins Pulitzer Prize for coverage of PTL, Bakkers". The Charlotte Observer. p. 1A. 

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