Tampa Bay Times wins Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting

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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. 

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