Jim Verhulst - Deputy Editor of Editorials

Deputy Editor of Editorials

I grew up on a hog farm in Illinois, went to college and got married. In my late 20s I moved to St. Petersburg to take a job with the Times and never left. Now I write editorials, often on education, the environment and science. I also edit the letters to the editor as well as many of the op-ed columns. Shorter is almost always better, by the way. I bike, I cook, I dig out weeds in our Florida-friendly garden as my wife directs, and we take our collie Rufus for long walks. I count dolphins by the seawall when I run to work in the morning.

  1. Former President Donald Trump arrives at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Aug. 24 in Atlanta.
  2. A Trump flag ahead of former President Donald Trump's 2024 election campaign rally in Waco, Texas, in March.
  3. Text from the ChatGPT page of the OpenAI website is shown in this photo, in New York in February. About 900 software developers and other attendees showed up to the inaugural developer conference for the artificial intelligence company behind ChatGPT on Nov. 6. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
  4. Former president Donald Trump speaks to members of the media after testifying at his civil fraud trial at the New York State Supreme Court on Monday in New York City.
  5. The bodies of Israelis killed in an Hamas militant attack are gathered in refrigerated containers for identification at a military base in Ramla, Israel.
  6. Taylor Swift performs on the opening night of "The Eras Tour" at State Farm Stadium on March 17 in Glendale, Ariz.
  7. Chuck Feeney, a billionaire who quietly and almost always anonymously gave away nearly all his money before he died, once replied to a query about his amount of his wealth in a biography “The Billionaire Who Wasn’t”: “How much is rich? Beyond all expectations. Beyond all deserving, so to speak. I just reached the conclusion with myself that money, buying boats and all the trimmings didn’t appeal to me."
  8. Pope Francis addresses journalists on board an airplane on his flight back from Marseille to Rome on Sept. 23. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool)
  9. An essay in Jacobin argues that "during Bernie Sanders’ 2016 campaign, leftist women supporters vigorously critiqued not only Hillary Clinton, but the type of feminism she represented, arguing that most women would benefit more from Sanders’ democratic socialist agenda than from Clinton’s enthusiastically pro-capitalist feminism."
  10. Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo and Gov. Ron DeSantis have particular views about the COVID vaccine and masking.
  11. Russian President Vladimir Putin has some thoughts about America.
  12. Could virtual reality headsets change virtual education?
  13. Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. addresses crowds during the March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., where he gave his "I Have A Dream" speech 60 years ago.
  14. SpaceX, Twitter (now called X) and electric car maker Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
  15. Ryan Gosling, left, and Margot Robbie pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film "Barbie" on July 12 in London.
  16. In this handout photo provided by SpaceX, a Tesla roadster launched from the Falcon Heavy rocket with a dummy driver named "Starman" heads toward Mars five years ago. (Photo by SpaceX via Getty Images)
  17. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are greeted by Col. Tasha Lowery as they arrive at Fort Lesley J. McNair from Camp David on July 16 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
  18. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. officially announces his candidacy for president on April 19, 2023, in Boston.
  19. A classic on Marxism (here's Karl himself, above) just might have a word or two to say about Artificial Intelligence, and those words might surprise you.
  20. Former U.S. president Barack Obama applauds the audience before a discussion at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, Greece, on Thursday. Obama is visiting Athens to speak at the SNF Nostos Conference focused on how to strengthen democratic culture and the importance of investing in the next generation of leaders.
  21. Immigrants from Venezuela cover up during a dust storm at a makeshift immigrant camp located between the Rio Grande and the U.S.-Mexico border fence on May 10 in El Paso, Texas.
  22. Former President Barack Obama speaks during the ceremony for the official groundbreaking of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago in September 2021.