Storm Lake Times

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The Storm Lake Times
Storm Lake Times logo.png
TypeBi-weekly newspaper
PublisherJohn Cullen
EditorArt Cullen
FoundedJune 29, 1990; 28 years ago (1990-06-29)
Headquarters220 West Railroad Street
Storm Lake, Iowa

The Storm Lake Times is a twice-weekly newspaper based in Storm Lake, Iowa, covering Buena Vista County and parts of neighboring Clay, Pocahontas, Sac, Ida and Cherokee counties. The newspaper, founded in 1990, is staffed and published by the Cullen family.


The Storm Lake Times began publication on June 29, 1990, as a weekly newspaper delivered on Fridays. The newspaper later moved to daily publication in 1993, but reverted to publication twice a week the following year.[1] The Times became a direct competitor to The Storm Lake Pilot Tribune, which had been publishing in the town since 1870.[2]

Art Cullen, editor of The Storm Lake Times, was the recipient of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing for his work in the field of corporate agriculture in Iowa.[3] Cullen's coverage of corporate funds being used by the local public utility to fight a federal lawsuit related to the release of nitrogen into drinking water earned him national acclaim.[4][5] The newspaper's coverage of ethnicity-related issues in Storm Lake, where 21 percent of residents are Latino, also earned praise from The Los Angeles Times.[6]

National coverage[edit]

On October 20, 2007, The Times was mentioned by The New York Times and ABC's George Stephanopoulos for being the first newspaper to endorse a presidential candidate, Joe Biden, months ahead of the Iowa caucuses.[7]

On May 7, 2008, The Times again received national attention for a story written by reporter Jake Kurtz about Dale Davis, a blind World War II veteran who bowled a perfect 300 game at Century Lanes in Alta, Iowa.[8]

On November 3, 2009, Times editor Art Cullen testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on the impact of health care costs on small businesses in America. The appearance came at the request of a longtime friend, Senator Tom Harkin.[9]


The Storm Lake Times is the only locally owned newspaper in Buena Vista County, and the only newspaper still printed within the county's borders. It also has the largest readership of any newspaper in Buena Vista County.

The Times printing press produces more than 1.8 million copies of publications per year. In addition to the newspaper twice a week, The Times also prints the liberal Progressive Populist (twice monthly political publication), four Northwest Iowa school alumni publications, as well as various other printing jobs. Its platesetter also produces high resolution printing plates for other area printers. The Times press can print up to 12 broadsheet pages per section with color photos, at a speed of 15,000 copies per hour.

An average issue of The Times includes 50+ news and sports photographs, about one-third of them in color.

The Times sports department covers 8 high schools (Storm Lake, Storm Lake St. Mary's, Alta, Newell-Fonda, Schaller-Crestland, Sioux Central, Aurelia, Laurens-Marathon) and one college (Buena Vista University).

Nearly 600 area cooks have been featured in the popular “My Favorite Recipes” weekly feature.

Each issue of The Times has three sections (Front/News, Sports, Family & Friends). Additional special sections include:

  • The Green Saver — regional advertising guide that reaches 24,000 homes in western Iowa, Wednesdays
  • TV Times — television listings, Saturdays
  • FarmTimes — local farm coverage
  • GoldenTimes — for senior citizens, odd-numbered months
  • Health & Fitness — wellness and recreation, even-numbered months
  • HomeTimes — home improvement, monthly March–October
  • Prep Sports Previews — quarterly


  1. ^ "About Us". The Storm Lake Times. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  2. ^ Lay, J. Celeste (2012). A Midwestern Mosaic: Immigration and Political Socialization in Rural America. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. p. 36. ISBN 9781439907924. OCLC 816486488. Retrieved April 10, 2017 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "The 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Editorial Writing". Pulitzer Prize. April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  4. ^ "Tiny, family-run Iowa newspaper wins Pulitzer for taking on agriculture companies". The Guardian. April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  5. ^ Wemple, Erik (April 10, 2017). "Storm Lake Times, Pulitzer winner: 'They give you 15 grand. That's worth it.'". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Duara, Nigel (April 10, 2017). "In a small Iowa town, a Pulitzer-winning editor defends immigrants and tries to bring a community together". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  7. ^ Zeleny, Jeff (October 20, 2007). "Biden Lands an Iowa Paper Endorsement". The New York Times. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  8. ^ Weir, Tom (May 8, 2008). "Blind bowler rolls 300 game". USA Today. Retrieved April 10, 2017.
  9. ^ Mandelbaum, Robb (November 3, 2009). "Small Business Goes to Washington". The New York Times. Retrieved April 10, 2017.