Tim Nickens, Times Editorial/Opinion Editor

Tim Nickens

Times Editorial/Opinion Editor

I grew up in Indiana and turned to journalism in the eighth grade when it became clear I would not be an NFL linebacker. My first journalism job was covering high school sports at my hometown paper, where the owner did not allow bylines. I graduated from Indiana University and still watch every Hoosier basketball game I can. On a quick trip to St. Petersburg in 1983 the Times hired me as a green reporter and I proposed to my wife on the Howard Frankland Bridge as we drove back to the airport. Very romantic. We lived for nine years in Tallahassee, where I covered the state capital and our two daughters were strategically born between legislative sessions and in non-election years. After spending years as a reporter and editor on the news side, I wondered whether I would have enough opinions to write editorials. It turns out I did.

Nickens: Can conservatism survive Trump?

WASHINGTONThere was no mention of Stormy Daniels. Or of payoffs by the presidentís lawyer. Or of Russian meddling in the election.Instead, the panel discussion last Sunday at The...

Nickens: Democratic candidates for governor are not ready for prime time

Photo courtesy of FOX 13 
The four Democratic candidates for Florida governor, from left,  Chris King, Gwen Graham, Philip Levine and Andrew Gillum during a debate Wednesday, April 18, 2018, moderated by Craig Patrick and sponsored by FOX 13. The 60-minute debate was commercial-free discussion of issues facing the Sunshine State.
Heres a sentence that will surprise some folks: I agree with Blaise Ingoglia. Ingoglia is the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida and a state representative from Spring Hill. Thats..

Nickens: How St. Petersburgís most partisan mayor drove this Democrat away

The Florida Democratic Party recently sent this mailer with pictures of Trump and Baker - and of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with his quote,
Rick Baker has never met President Donald Trump. He has never contributed money to Trumpís campaign or attended a Trump campaign event. He didnít attend Trumpís inauguration, and he has not set...

Editorial: Homestead vote tests Florida Senate

House Speaker Richard Corcoran.
The Florida Senate traditionally has been where bad ideas are killed, common sense prevails and independent thinking rules. That reputation will be tested Monday when the Senate votes on a...

Nickens: Rick Kriseman mimics mistakes of Hillary Clinton

As he prepares to kick off his re-election campaign this week, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman reminds me of Hillary Clinton.Both are progressive Democrats with years of public service...