Meet the Times editorial board

Published June 2 2016
Updated May 9 2018

Editorials represent the institutional opinion of the Tampa Bay Times, which is why they are not signed. These are the members of the editorial board, which is charged with debating, analyzing and presenting those opinions to readers.

Tim Nickens, editor of editorials

Tim Nickens, 57, 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 Tampa Bay Times as a reporter in 1983. He worked for the Miami Herald from 1990-1995 before returning to the Tampa Bay 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 was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing with three of his colleagues and shared the 2013 Pulitzer Prize with Daniel Ruth. He and his wife, Bridget, live in St. Petersburg and have two daughters.

John Hill, editorial writer

John Hill, 52, joined the Times editorial board in 1996. He was raised in Tampa, studied international relations at the University of South Florida and spent 1984 in Britain following the coal miner’s strike. Before joining the Times, he covered local and state government for the Ledger in Lakeland and was a computer-assisted reporting specialist for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing with three of his colleagues. Hill lives in Tampa with his wife, Sue.

Jim Verhulst, Perspective editor

Jim Verhulst, 57, grew up on a farm in Prophetstown, Ill. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s in behavioral science and from the University of Illinois with a master’s in journalism. He was a reporter and editor at the Concord (N.H.) Monitor for six years before joining the national desk of the Tampa Bay Times in 1987. He has held several positions at the Times, including editing the national report, the front page, the St. Pete Times regional section and was a deputy metro editor before becoming editor of the Sunday Perspective section in 2006. He joined the editorial board in 2008. A resident of St. Petersburg, he is married and has two sons.

Molly Moorhead, editorial writer

Molly Moorhead, 40, is a native of St. Petersburg and graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. She came to the Times in 2002 as a reporter in Pasco County, where she covered city government, the Sheriff's Office and the courts and wrote occasional human interest columns. In 2011, she joined the national staff of, checking political claims from Washington and the 2012 presidential election. She and her husband live in St. Petersburg and have two sons.