Tampa Bay Times editor of editorials Tim Nickens on Thursday won the Scripps Howard Foundation's Walker Stone Award for editorial writing.
Nickens received the prestigious national award, which includes $10,000, for editorials in 2012 on issues ranging from public health to voter suppression to state politics, including "Straying from facts on fluoride," "Behind the rhetoric, voter suppression," and "Blatant bid to politicize the courts."
Nickens, 53, is also a member of the Times Publishing Co. board of directors and first joined the Times in 1983. He was named editor of editorials in 2008.
"Offering readers and thought leaders clarity and candor is central to the mission of the Tampa Bay Times, and Tim is the architect of our efforts," said Times editor Neil Brown. "This award recognizes Tim for fine writing and the courage to be the community's honest broker."
The annual Scripps Howard Awards honored the best work in the communications industry and journalism education in 2012. Entries in the journalism categories were judged by 51 industry experts. The editorial award is named after a former president of the foundation.