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St. Petersburg Times

The October 16, 2008 front page
of the St. Petersburg Times.
TypeDaily newspaper
OwnerTimes Publishing Company
PublisherMarty Petty
EditorPaul Tash
Headquarters490 First Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
 United States
Circulation316,007 Daily
432,779 Sunday[1]
Official websitetampabay.com

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 PolitiFact.com, 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.

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."[7]

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.

Awards and nominations

2009Pulitzer PrizePolitiFact.comTimes staff, represented by Bill Adair, Washington bureau chiefNational ReportingWon[2][8]
Public ServiceFinalist[9]
"The Girl in the Window"Lane DeGregoryFeature WritingWon[2][10]
"Winter's Tale"John BarryFeature WritingFinalist[9]
2007Scripps Howard FoundationHuman Interest WritingLane DeGregoryErnie Pyle AwardWon[11]
"A Republican vs. Republican Cellular Division"Wes AllisonRaymond Clapper AwardWon[11]
Pulitzer Prize"In His Own Defense"Christopher GoffardFeature WritingFinalist[12]
2003Scripps Howard FoundationHuman Interest WritingKelley BenhamErnie Pyle AwardWon[13][14]
2002Scripps Howard Foundation"The Poison in Your Back Yard"Julie HausermanEdward J. Meeman AwardWon[15]
2000Pulitzer Prize"Una Vida Mejor"Anne HullFeature WritingFinalist[16]
National ReportingFinalist[16]
1999Sigma Delta Chi"Deadly Rampage"Times staffExcellence in deadline reportingWon[17]
Investigative report of U.S. Rep. Corrine BrownBill Adair and David DahlWashington correspondenceWon[17][13]
1998Pulitzer Prize"Angels & Demons"Thomas FrenchFeature WritingWon[2][18]
Investigative report of The Rev. Henry LyonsTimes staffInvestigative ReportingFinalist[19]
The "Tobacco" seriesDavid BarstowExplanatory ReportingFinalist[19]
1997Pulitzer PrizeCoverage of the 1996 St. Petersburg riotTimes staffSpot News ReportingFinalist[20]
1995Pulitzer Prize"Final Indignities"Jeffrey GoodEditorial WritingWon[2][21]
"A Secret Life"Anne HullFeature WritingFinalist[22]
1992Pulitzer Prize"Life From Death"Sheryl JamesFeature WritingFinalist[23]
1991Pulitzer Prize"A Gift Abandoned"Sheryl JamesFeature WritingWon[2][24]
1985Pulitzer PrizeCorruption in Pasco County sheriff's departmentLucy Morgan and Jack ReedInvestigative ReportingWon[2][25]
1982Pulitzer PrizeCoverage of drug smuggling in Dixie County, FloridaLucy MorganLocal General or Spot News ReportingFinalist[26]
1980Pulitzer PrizeInvestigation of Church of Scientology operations in FloridaBette Swenson Orsini and Charles StaffordNational ReportingWon[2][27]
Times staffPublic ServiceFinalist[28]
1964Pulitzer PrizeInvestigation of Florida Turnpike AuthorityTimes staffMeritorious Public ServiceWon[2][29]


  1. ^ http://www.burrellesluce.com/top100/2008_Top_100List.pdf
  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. http://www.tampabay.com/features/media/article993724.ece. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (1986-10-30). "St. Petersburg Daily to Merge With Sister Paper in Florida". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A0DEFDC1638F933A05753C1A960948260. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  4. ^ Shankland, Stephen (September 8, 2008). "Google raising newspaper morgues from the dead". CNET News (CBS Interactive Inc.). http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10035172-93.html. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  5. ^ Deggans, Eric (2007-09-20). "Media Matters Says Florida Newspapers Dominated by Conservative Op-Ed Writers". St. Petersburg Times. http://blogs.tampabay.com/media/2007/09/media-matters-s.html. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  6. ^ "PolitiFact.com". St. Petersburg Times. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/. Retrieved 2009-08-27. 
  7. ^ http://www.pulitzer.org/citation/2009-National-Reporting
  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. http://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/2009. 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. http://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/2007. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  13. ^ a b St. Petersburg Times staff (2007). "St. Petersburg Times History - From 1884 to present". St. Petersburg Times website (www.sptimes.com). http://www.sptimes.com/connect/corporate/history/. 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. http://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/2000. 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. http://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/1998. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  20. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes - Finalists 1997". Columbia University. http://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/1997. 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. http://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/1995. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  23. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes - Finalists 1992". Columbia University. http://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/1992. 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. http://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/1982. 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. http://www.pulitzer.org/finalists/1980. 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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