Daniel Ruth, USF alum and adjunct professor, wins a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.
Paul Tash, left, Chairman and CEO of the Tampa Bay Times, applauds as writers Tim Nickens, center, and Dan Ruth congratulate each other after they won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. AP Photo: Chris O'Meara
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (April 17, 2013) – Tampa Bay Times columnist Daniel Ruth, a former University of South Florida adjunct professor and alumnus, with Times editorial page editor Tim Nickens have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing.
Ruth, who earned a master’s degree in mass communications at USF in 2010 and was an adjunct professor in USF’s Honors College for three years, and Nickens were awarded with journalism’s highest honor for a series of editorials challenging the Pinellas County commission’s vote to remove fluoride from the county's drinking water.
Following the editorial campaign voters ousted two commissioners who had supported removing the fluoride and the county resumed fluoridating water for its 700,000 residents, a public health benefit considered to be one of the most effective methods at preventing tooth decay.
Ruth was a professor to dozens of USF Honors College students from 2006 to 2009 when he taught a course examining current affairs. Ruth is a long-recognized Tampa media figure known for the distinctive, acerbic wit that is a hallmark of his columns, first for The Tampa Tribune and in recent years for the Tampa Bay Times. He also has hosted local radio talk shows.