TAMPA BAY, FL – The Tampa Bay Times today won journalism’s most prestigious award, the Pulitzer Prize, for local reporting.
The 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting was awarded to Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia for their exposure of the unsafe housing conditions provided to the homeless by the Hillsborough County’s Homeless Recovery program. Their work, which also exposed the problems in the management of the program, led to significant reform of the county’s program.
This is the 10th Pulitzer Prize for the Times and the first in local reporting category.
“We have won a Pulitzer for investigative reporting in Pasco County and last year for an editorial campaign that had a huge political impact in Pinellas County. This year’s Pulitzer shows the breadth and depth of the Times’ commitment to journalistic excellence in all of Tampa Bay,” said Times Editor Neil Brown.
This is the fourth Pulitzer Prize since 2009 and the second under the new banner, Tampa Bay Times. In 2012, the Times changed the name of the paper from the St. Petersburg Times to better reflect the community it already had been serving.
The Times is the only Florida newspaper to win a 2014 Pulitzer Prize.
About the Tampa Bay Times
The Tampa Bay Times is widely considered one of the Top Ten newspapers in America. It is Florida’s largest newspaper, with an average circulation of 355,853 Sunday and 299,985 daily (AAM FAS-FAX September 2013). The Times is produced by the Times Publishing Company, which also publishes TampaBay.com – Tampa Bay’s largest local news Web site with 2.1 million unique visitors each month (Nielsen NetView six-month average for 8/13-1/14). Additionally, the company publishes the free daily tbt*, an edition of the Tampa Bay Times, tb-two*, a free paper written by Tampa Bay area students distributed to students, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning website, PolitiFact.com; and produces special events, specialty publications, and targeted advertising programs.
Times’ History of Pulitzer Prizes
2014 – Local Reporting – Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia for prompting swift reform of the Hillsborough County’s Homeless Recovery after exposing the unsafe living conditions provided to the homeless.
2013 – Editorial Writing – Tim Nickens and Dan Ruth for helping reverse the decision to end fluoridation of water in Pinellas County.
2009 – National Reporting – the Times staff for PolitiFact, its fact-checking initiative during the 2008 presidential campaign that used probing reporters and the power of the World Wide Web to examine political claims, separating rhetoric from truth to enlighten voters.
2009 – Feature Writing – Lane DeGregory for her story about the discovery of a feral child shut off from the world until she was discovered and adopted by a supportive family.
1998 – Feature Writing – Thomas French for his detailed and compassionate narrative portrait of a mother and two daughters slain on a Florida vacation, and the three-year investigation into their murders.
1995 – Editorial Writing – Jeffrey Good for his editorial campaign urging reform of Florida’s probate system for settling estates.
1991 – Feature Writing – Sheryl James for a compelling series about a mother who abandoned her newborn child and how it affected her life and those of others.
1985 – Investigative Reporting – Lucy Morgan and Jack Reed for thorough reporting on Pasco County Sheriff John Short, which revealed his department’s corruption and led to his removal from office by voters.
1980 – Meritorious Public Service – Bette Orsini and Charles Stafford for an investigation of the Church of Scientology.
1964 – Meritorious Public Service – The Times and writer Martin Waldron for coverage of the Florida Turnpike Authority and its reckless expenditure of public money.