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St. Petersburg Times
St Pete Times 10-16-08 front pg.jpg
The October 16, 2008 front page
of the St. Petersburg Times.
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner Times Publishing Company
Publisher Marty Petty
Editor Paul Tash
Founded 1884
Headquarters 490 First Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
 United States
Circulation 316,007 Daily
432,779 Sunday[1]
ISSN 1563-6291
Official website

The St. Petersburg Times is one of two major newspapers serving the Tampa Bay Area, the other being The Tampa Tribune, which the Times tops in both circulation and readership. Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Times has won eight Pulitzers since 1964, and in 2009, won two in a single year for the first time in the paper's history.[2] 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 campus in St. Petersburg.

The Times also publishes the tbt*, a free daily that is geared toward active 20-somethings in the Tampa Bay area. Its sister publication, Florida Trend Magazine, reaches another 200,000 readers monthly. In 2008, the Times began publication of a quarterly upscale magazine, Bay Magazine, which is distributed to subscribers in select neighborhoods of the Tampa Bay area in their Sunday Editions of the St. Petersburg Times.



The Times traces its origins to a newspaper started in Dunedin, Florida, in 1884.

From 1962 until is closure in 1986, the Times also owned and published an evening newspaper, the Evening Independent.[3] Every issue of these papers are available for viewing on Google News Archive.[4]

Political slant

A study by Media Matters for America showed that the St. Petersburg Times was one of only four newspapers in Florida that featured more progressive opinions than conservative, with 43 percent of columnists considered progressive and 29 percent considered conservative.[5]

The newspaper operates, a project in which its reporters and editors "fact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups...."[6] Their evaluations are posted on the PolitiFact website. The site also includes an "Obameter", tracking President Barack Obama's performance with regard to his campaign promises. 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."[7]

In January 2010, expanded to its second newspaper, the Cox-owned Austin American-Statesman in Austin, Texas; the feature, called Politifact Texas, covers issues that are relevant to Texas and the Austin area.

In March 2010, the Times and its partner newspaper, The Miami Herald, launched Politifact Florida, which focuses on Florida issues. The Times and The Herald share resources on some stories that relate to Florida.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Recipients Category Result
2009 Pulitzer Prize Times staff, represented by Bill Adair, Washington bureau chief National Reporting Won[2][8]
Public Service Finalist[9]
"The Girl in the Window" Lane DeGregory Feature Writing Won[2][10]
"Winter's Tale" John Barry Feature Writing Finalist[9]
2007 Scripps Howard Foundation Human Interest Writing Lane DeGregory Ernie Pyle Award Won[11]
"A Republican vs. Republican Cellular Division" Wes Allison Raymond Clapper Award Won[11]
Pulitzer Prize "In His Own Defense" Christopher Goffard Feature Writing Finalist[12]
2003 Scripps Howard Foundation Human Interest Writing Kelley Benham Ernie Pyle Award Won[13][14]
2002 Scripps Howard Foundation "The Poison in Your Back Yard" Julie Hauserman Edward J. Meeman Award Won[15]
2000 Pulitzer Prize "Una Vida Mejor" Anne Hull Feature Writing Finalist[16]
National Reporting Finalist[16]
1999 Sigma Delta Chi "Deadly Rampage" Times staff Excellence in deadline reporting Won[17]
Investigative report of U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown Bill Adair and David Dahl Washington correspondence Won[17][13]
1998 Pulitzer Prize "Angels & Demons" Thomas French Feature Writing Won[2][18]
Investigative report of The Rev. Henry Lyons Times staff Investigative Reporting Finalist[19]
The "Tobacco" series David Barstow Explanatory Reporting Finalist[19]
1997 Pulitzer Prize Coverage of the 1996 St. Petersburg riot Times staff Spot News Reporting Finalist[20]
1995 Pulitzer Prize "Final Indignities" Jeffrey Good Editorial Writing Won[2][21]
"A Secret Life" Anne Hull Feature Writing Finalist[22]
1992 Pulitzer Prize "Life From Death" Sheryl James Feature Writing Finalist[23]
1991 Pulitzer Prize "A Gift Abandoned" Sheryl James Feature Writing Won[2][24]
1985 Pulitzer Prize Corruption in Pasco County Sheriff's Office Lucy Morgan and Jack Reed Investigative Reporting Won[2][25]
1982 Pulitzer Prize Coverage of drug smuggling in Dixie County, Florida Lucy Morgan Local General or Spot News Reporting Finalist[26]
1980 Pulitzer Prize Investigation of Church of Scientology operations in Florida Bette Swenson Orsini and Charles Stafford National Reporting Won[2][27]
Times staff Public Service Finalist[28]
1964 Pulitzer Prize Investigation of Florida Turnpike Authority Times staff Meritorious Public Service Won[2][29]


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  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 2009-04-20. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (1986-10-30). "St. Petersburg Daily to Merge With Sister Paper in Florida". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  4. ^ Shankland, Stephen (September 8, 2008). "Google raising newspaper morgues from the dead". CNET News (CBS Interactive Inc.). Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  5. ^ Deggans, Eric (2007-09-20). "Media Matters Says Florida Newspapers Dominated by Conservative Op-Ed Writers". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  6. ^ "". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
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  8. ^ McElroy, Jack (April 26, 2009). "Paperless project claims a Pulitzer". Knoxville News Sentinel: p. 60. 
  9. ^ a b "The Pulitzer Prizes - Finalists 2009". Columbia University. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  10. ^ Young, Charles William (April 23, 2009). "St. Petersburg Times earns two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism". Congressional Record (United States Congress): p. E950-E951. 
  11. ^ a b The Kentucky Post staff (March 10, 2007). "Scripps winners named". The Kentucky Post: p. A5. 
  12. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes - Finalists 2007". Columbia University. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  13. ^ a b St. Petersburg Times staff (2007). "St. Petersburg Times History - From 1884 to present". St. Petersburg Times website ( Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  14. ^ St. Petersburg Times staff (March 13, 2004). "Times writer's stories earn her 2003 Ernie Pyle Award". St. Petersburg Times: p. 3B. 
  15. ^ St. Petersburg Times staff (March 2, 2002). "Two Times reporters earn national awards". St. Petersburg Times: p. 3B. 
  16. ^ a b "The Pulitzer Prizes - Finalists 2000". Columbia University. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  17. ^ a b St. Petersburg Times staff (April 18, 1999). "Times earns national reporting awards". St. Petersburg Times: p. 3B. 
  18. ^ Leisner, Pat (Associated Press) (April 16, 1998). "Indianapolis native wins Pulitzer Prize". Post-Tribune: p. B5. 
  19. ^ a b "The Pulitzer Prizes - Finalists 1998". Columbia University. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  20. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes - Finalists 1997". Columbia University. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  21. ^ Associated Press (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.". Portland Press Herald: p. 7A. 
  22. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes - Finalists 1995". Columbia University. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  23. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes - Finalists 1992". Columbia University. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  24. ^ Associated Press (April 10, 1991). "Barberton native wins a Pulitzer". Akron Beacon Journal: p. A1. 
  25. ^ Marx, Gary (April 25, 1985). "Pulitzer winners: UCF student, St. Pete Times". The Orlando Sentinel (Sentinel Communications Co.): p. A1. 
  26. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes - Finalists 1982". Columbia University. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  27. ^ The Boston Globe staff (April 16, 1980). "Pulitzer Prize board, for first time, names finalists in all categories". The Boston Globe (Globe Newspaper Company). 
  28. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes - Finalists 1980". Columbia University. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  29. ^ Garloch, Karen (April 1, 1988). "Observer wins Pulitzer Prize for coverage of PTL, Bakkers". The Charlotte Observer: p. 1A. 


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