making a difference in our community
As an independent news media company, The Seattle Times investigates issues that matter to our community. Our stories dig deep, and have a direct impact on our local community.
NEWS THAT CREATES CHANGE
The Seattle Times’s unflinching reporting shines a light on the corners of local life that need examining, addresses problems and creates change.
When the Oso landslide took 43 lives and public officials claimed the tragedy was “unforeseen,” we revealed there had been warning signs — for decades. Gov. Inslee recently signed a bill requiring the state to share mapping of geologic hazards that threaten communities and citizens.
When Washington state routinely prescribed a deadly painkiller that saved money, but cost lives, we exposed the financially motivated practice on the front page. Then the state changed its policy to use methadone only as a last resort. Lives were saved — because we told the story.
When Seattle was gripped with fear from the brutal slaying of four Lakewood police officers, we were there throughout the manhunt with multimedia breaking news coverage that kept the community informed and safe — and won a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting.
When thousands of vulnerable seniors were exploited and abused in adult homes, sometimes with deadly results, we investigated — and Gov. Gregoire ordered a review of the industry that resulted in seven new Washington state laws to address the problems we uncovered, and to protect the elderly.
Our long-term commitment to service to our community is also reflected in our public service initiatives.
COMMITMENT TO EDUCATION
Newspapers in Education promotes learning and literacy by providing community-sponsored newspapers and curriculum guides to students and teachers in the Puget Sound area and beyond.
The Greater good Campaignis a public service effort to preserve funding for higher education in Washington.
Education Lab explores promising practices to the most persistent challenges in our education system.
Fund for Those in Need has raised more than $30 million, 100 percent of which goes directly to local agencies that address critical needs in our community.
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