Fluoride Action Network

Pulitzer Prize awarded to Nickens & Ruth of Tampa Bay Times for editorial writing

Source: The Pulitizer Prize | April 15th, 2013
Location: United States, Florida


For distinguished editorial writing, the test of excellence being clearness of style, moral purpose, sound reasoning, and power to influence public opinion in what the writer conceives to be the right direction, using any available journalistic tool, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to Tim Nickens and Daniel Ruth of the Tampa Bay Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., for their diligent campaign that helped reverse a decision to end fluoridation of the water supply for the 700,000 residents of the newspaper’s home county.


March 18, 2012 Reverse the decay of common sense
April 20, 2012 Yes to dental health; no to double-talk
August 5, 2012 The original editorial was titled: Paying for fluoride four’s foolishnessPrice of fluoride foolery
August 22, 2012 State picks ideology over health
September 16, 2012 In 2 cities, facts beat fluoride fantasies
September 22, 2012 Straying from facts on fluoride
October 14, 2012 Return commission to the mainstream
November 1, 2012 The original editorial was titled: The real cost of the fluoride fiascoThe human cost of the fluoride fiasco
November 8, 2012 In Pinellas, a return to the center
November 28, 2012 The original editorial was titled: Welcome reversal on fluorideScience over scare tactics
Cover letter for entry


Michael Pride, editor emeritus, Concord Monitor (Chair)
Susan Albright, co-managing editor, MinnPost.com
Bruce Dold*, editorial page editor, Chicago Tribune
Ruben Navarrette Jr., syndicated columnist, Washington Post Writers Group
Robert Robb, columnist, The Arizona Republic

* past Pulitzer Prize winner


Tim Nickens 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 St. Petersburg Times as a reporter in 1983. He worked for the Miami Herald from 1990-1995 before returning to the St. Petersburg 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 and his wife, Bridget, live in St. Petersburg with their two daughters.

Daniel Ruth, 59, has been scribbling away for 36 years as a reporter, film critic, television critic and columnist for the Tampa Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and the St. Petersburg 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.