The October 16, 2008 front page
of the St. Petersburg Times.
|Owner||Times Publishing Company|
|Headquarters||490 First Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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. 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.
From 1962 until is closure in 1986, the Times also owned and published an evening newspaper, the Evening Independent. Every issue of these papers are available for viewing on Google News Archive.
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.
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...." 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.
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."
In January 2010, PolitiFact.com 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.
|2009||Pulitzer Prize||PolitiFact.com||Times staff, represented by Bill Adair, Washington bureau chief||National Reporting||Won|
|"The Girl in the Window"||Lane DeGregory||Feature Writing||Won|
|"Winter's Tale"||John Barry||Feature Writing||Finalist|
|2007||Scripps Howard Foundation||Human Interest Writing||Lane DeGregory||Ernie Pyle Award||Won|
|"A Republican vs. Republican Cellular Division"||Wes Allison||Raymond Clapper Award||Won|
|Pulitzer Prize||"In His Own Defense"||Christopher Goffard||Feature Writing||Finalist|
|2003||Scripps Howard Foundation||Human Interest Writing||Kelley Benham||Ernie Pyle Award||Won|
|2002||Scripps Howard Foundation||"The Poison in Your Back Yard"||Julie Hauserman||Edward J. Meeman Award||Won|
|2000||Pulitzer Prize||"Una Vida Mejor"||Anne Hull||Feature Writing||Finalist|
|1999||Sigma Delta Chi||"Deadly Rampage"||Times staff||Excellence in deadline reporting||Won|
|Investigative report of U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown||Bill Adair and David Dahl||Washington correspondence||Won|
|1998||Pulitzer Prize||"Angels & Demons"||Thomas French||Feature Writing||Won|
|Investigative report of The Rev. Henry Lyons||Times staff||Investigative Reporting||Finalist|
|The "Tobacco" series||David Barstow||Explanatory Reporting||Finalist|
|1997||Pulitzer Prize||Coverage of the 1996 St. Petersburg riot||Times staff||Spot News Reporting||Finalist|
|1995||Pulitzer Prize||"Final Indignities"||Jeffrey Good||Editorial Writing||Won|
|"A Secret Life"||Anne Hull||Feature Writing||Finalist|
|1992||Pulitzer Prize||"Life From Death"||Sheryl James||Feature Writing||Finalist|
|1991||Pulitzer Prize||"A Gift Abandoned"||Sheryl James||Feature Writing||Won|
|1985||Pulitzer Prize||Corruption in Pasco County Sheriff's Office||Lucy Morgan and Jack Reed||Investigative Reporting||Won|
|1982||Pulitzer Prize||Coverage of drug smuggling in Dixie County, Florida||Lucy Morgan||Local General or Spot News Reporting||Finalist|
|1980||Pulitzer Prize||Investigation of Church of Scientology operations in Florida||Bette Swenson Orsini and Charles Stafford||National Reporting||Won|
|Times staff||Public Service||Finalist|
|1964||Pulitzer Prize||Investigation of Florida Turnpike Authority||Times staff||Meritorious Public Service||Won|