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Nickens, Tim 08.jpgTim Nickens
Tim Nickens joined the Times in 1983 as a reporter covering Clearwater and St. Petersburg city halls as well as the criminal courts. He worked in the Tallahassee bureau from 1987 to 1990, then left the Times to work for the Miami Herald. He returned as an editorial writer in 1995 and was appointed political editor in January 1998. In 2001 he was named Metro editor and in 2003 an assistant managing editor. Then, after the hectic 2004 elections, he moved back to the editorial board as Deputy Editor of Editorials and in 2008 was named Editor of Editorials. His responsibilities include broad editing, management and recruiting duties as well as regular editorial and column writing. 

Nickens is a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor of arts degree in   journalism.
Tim was raised in Jeffersonville, Ind., where he attended public schools. Before coming to Florida, he worked as a reporter for the Journal-Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind. Since 1995, first as an editorial writer and then as political editor, Tim has written about national politics and in particular the presidential campaigns of Al Gore and George W. Bush. Florida became an especially important state in the 2000 elections with a Bush brother, Jeb, in the governor’s mansion, Gore aggressively competing for the state’s 25 electoral votes, and a result that kept the country in suspense for 36 days. Tim lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Bridget, and two daughters. His hobbies include sports, reading, and following Bruce Springsteen.

In 1996 and 1997 Tim was awarded first place for editorial writing by the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors.

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