Tim Nickens, Daniel Ruth win Pulitzer for editorial writing
The Tampa Bay Times' Tim Nickens and Daniel Ruth have won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.
The journalists were cited for "their diligent campaign that helped reverse a decision to end fluoridation of the water supply for the 700,000 residents of the newspaper’s home county."
Nickens, editor of editorials, is an Indiana University graduate who joined the Times as a reporter in 1983. He worked for the Miami Herald from 1990-1995 before rejoining the Times. He became editor of editorials in September 2008. Ruth has spent four decades in journalism, as a reporter, film critic, television critic and columnist for the Tampa Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Tampa Bay Times.
Tampa Bay Times writers Alexandra Zayas and Kelley Benham were named finalists. Zayas wrote about unlicensed religious homes for children, while Benham told the profound story of her daughter's birth, born a micropreemie at 1 pound, 4 ounces.