all started in the backroom of a pharmacy in Dunedin, on a hand-cranked press.
From those meager beginnings, our company’s mission was born: To report
local news without fear or favor.
In its earliest days,
ownership of the Company changed hands often. In 1912, Indiana publisher Paul
Poynter bought the paper, charting a course for the Times that we still follow
today. His son Nelson would become the single most important leader of the
Times. Nelson became the paper’s general manager in 1938 and its editor in
1939. The younger Poynter began acquiring the newspaper’s stock from his father
in the 1930s and was named president upon the elder Poynter’s death.
before his death in 1978, Nelson Poynter bequeathed his beloved newspaper, then
named the St. Peterburg Times
, to the Modern Media Institute, a
nonprofit school for journalists that would later bear his name. Poynter’s gift
ensured that the Times would remain locally and privately-owned and thereby
unincumbered by the pressures chain newspapers face.
than 136 years later, we’re still at it. Along the way, the Times has picked up
a few brands and shed some, too. With the acquisition of one-time rival, the Tampa
Tribune in 2016, the company’s flagship brand Tampa Bay Times
became the largest newspaper in the southeastern United States.
lot has changed at the Times over the years: Our name, our geographic
footprint, our embrace of digital media. But our mission remains the same. We
are committed to local journalism. As one of the country’s few independent
sources for news, our allegiance is to truth.