IU graduate wins Pulitzer Prize

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A Hoosier native has won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing for a series in the Tampa Bay Times encouraging officials to resume adding fluoride to area drinking water.

Tim Nickens, the paper’s editor of editor­ials, won the award along with Times columnist Dan Ruth.

Nickens grew up in Jeffersonville and grad­uated from the Indiana University School of Journalism. He served as editor in chief of the Indiana Daily Student in the spring of 1982.

After graduation Nickens worked briefly at the Journal-Gazette (Fort Wayne) and then went to the St. Petersburg Times in 1983.

He has worked at the Times, which changed its name to reflect its Tampa readership in 2012, for three decades (not counting a five-year stint at the Miami Herald).