Tim Nickens, 55, grew up in Jeffersonville, Ind., and received a bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University. After a year at the Journal-Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind., he joined the Tampa Bay Times as a reporter in 1983. He worked for the Miami Herald from 1990-1995 before returning to the Tampa Bay Times. He was an editorial writer, political editor and assistant managing editor/metro before rejoining the editorial board in December 2004. He became editor of editorials in September 2008. He was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing with three of his colleagues and shared the 2013 Pulitzer Prize with Daniel Ruth. He and his wife, Bridget, live in St. Petersburg with their two daughters.
Joni James, 46, is a native of North Carolina and a 1989 graduate of Wake Forest University. She worked for newspapers in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Indianapolis; Rochester, N.Y.; and Eugene, Ore., before moving to Florida in 1996. She joined the Tampa Bay Times in 2003, after working as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, the Miami Herald and the Wall Street Journal. Before joining the editorial board in 2008, she worked as a political reporter, deputy Tallahassee Bureau chief, an assistant city editor and state editor. She has won four first place awards for editorial writing from the Florida Society of News Editors and was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing with three of her colleagues. She and her husband, Mark Howerton, live in St. Petersburg with their daughter.
John Hill, 50, joined the Times editorial board in 1996. He was raised in Tampa, studied international relations at the University of South Florida and spent 1984 in Britain following the coal miner’s strike. Before joining the Times, he covered local and state government for the Ledger in Lakeland and was a computer-assisted reporting specialist for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing with three of his colleagues. Hill lives in Tampa with his wife, Sue.
Sherri Day, 37, grew up in Tifton, Ga. She graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a degree in mass media arts and from the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. Sherri came to the Times in 2004 after a four-year stint at the New York Times. Before joining the editorial board in 2013, she worked as a City Times reporter, metropolitan religion reporter, Brandon bureau chief and assistant metro editor in Tampa, supervising coverage of cops, courts and breaking news. She and her husband, Marcus Phillips, live in Tampa with their daughter and twin sons.
Daniel Ruth, 64, has been scribbling away for 38 years as a reporter, film critic, television critic and columnist for the Tampa Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Tampa Bay Times. He also has worked as a radio talk show host as well as an adjunct professor for the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa and Columbia College in Chicago. Daniel is a Peter Lisagor Award recipient for his columns in Chicago and has been honored by the Pinellas County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union with the Irene Miller Vigilance In Journalism Award. He shared the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing with colleague Tim Nickens.
Jim Verhulst, 55, grew up on a farm in Prophetstown, Ill. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s in behavioral science and from the University of Illinois with a master’s in journalism. He was a reporter and editor at the Concord (N.H.) Monitor for six years before joining the national desk of the Tampa Bay Times in 1987. He has held several positions at the Times, including editing the national report, the front page, the St. Pete Times regional section and was a deputy metro editor before becoming editor of the Sunday Perspective section in 2006. He joined the editorial board in 2008. A resident of St. Petersburg, he is married and has two sons.