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    (Wikipedia) - Tampa Bay Times   (Redirected from Tampabay.com) "St. Petersburg Times" redirects here. For the weekly newspaper in Russia, see The St. Petersburg Times. Tampa Bay Times Type Format Owner(s) Editor Founded Language Headquarters Circulation OCLC number Website
    The January 1, 2012, front page of the first edition of the Tampa Bay Times.
    Daily newspaper
    Times Publishing Company
    Paul Tash
     • 1884; 131 years ago (1884)
    490 First Avenue South St. Petersburg, Florida 33701 United States
    240,024 daily 403,229 (2011)

    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, 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. 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.

    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. 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).

    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. 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. 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.

    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.

    PolitiFact.com 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...." 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."

    Awards and nominations Year Award Work Recipients Category Result
    2014 Pulitzer 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 LaForgia Local Reporting Won
    2013 Pulitzer Prize "For helping reverse the decision to end fluoridation of water in Pinellas County." Tim Nickens and Daniel Ruth Editorial Writing Won
    2012 Pulitzer Prize Tim Nickens, Joni James, John Hill and Robyn Blumner Editorial Writing Finalist
    2010 National Headliner Awards "Inside Scientology" Thomas C. Tobin and Joe Childs Investigative reporting Finalist
    Florida Society of News Editors Gold Medal for Public Service Won
    Pulitzer Prize "For Their Own Good" Ben Montgomery, Waveney Ann Moore, and photographer Edmund D. Fountain Local Reporting Finalist
    2009 Pulitzer Prize PolitiFact.com Times staff, represented by Bill Adair, Washington bureau chief National Reporting Won
    Public Service Finalist
    "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
    National Reporting 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 Martin Waldron and Times staff Meritorious Public Service Won

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