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Nickens, Tim 08.jpgTim Nickens
Tim Nickens, 57, is editor of editorials for the Tampa Bay Times, the largest newspaper in Florida and the southeast. He grew up in Jeffersonville, Ind., and received a bachelor of arts degree from Indiana University in 1982. After a year as a reporter at the Journal-Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind., he joined the St. Petersburg Times, now the Tampa Bay Times, as a reporter in 1983. He covered local government and criminal courts before moving to the state capital bureau in 1987. He worked as a reporter in the state capital bureau for the Miami Herald from 1990-1995 before returning to the Times in November 1995. He was an editorial writer, political editor, metro editor and assistant managing editor/metro before rejoining the editorial board as deputy editor of editorials in December 2004. He became editor of editorials in September 2008.

Nickens and colleague Daniel Ruth won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing for a series of editorials that successfully campaigned to resume adding fluoride to the drinking water in Pinellas County. Nickens’ editorials also were included in entries that were Pulitzer finalists for editorials in 2012 and for public service in 2016.


Among other recognitions: Nickens won the 2012 Walker Stone Award for editorial writing, a national award presented by the Scripps Howard Foundation for a collection of 10 editorials. He has twice been a finalist for national editorial writing awards from the American Society of News Editors, and in 2016 his editorials were awarded second place in the National Headliner awards. Over the years, Nickens’ editorials also have won recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade Awards, which cover 11 southeastern states, and the Florida Society of News Editors.


Nickens is a member of the board of directors of Times Publishing Co., the parent company of the Tampa Bay Times. He also is former chairman and a current member of the board of trustees of the First Amendment Foundation, which advocates for public records and open government in Florida. He and his wife, Bridget, live in St. Petersburg and have two adult daughters.

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