Jill Wasberg named Director of Development for Public Service Journalism

For Immediate Release — Jul. 25, 2017
Lindsay Taylor, Consumer Marketing Manager

SEATTLE — The Seattle Times is pleased to announce its recent hire of Jill Wasberg, who will join The Seattle Times team as director of development for public service journalism. In this role, Wasberg will develop and expand funding for journalism initiatives, building on our track record with Education Lab and other independently funded projects that deepen coverage and conversation about urgent public issues that are critical to the future of our region.

Wasberg has more than a decade of experience in nonprofit fund development and relationship building with foundations and other philanthropic entities. Most recently, she was the resource development and marketing manager at InterIm CDA, a social justice nonprofit that supports low-income immigrants and refugees. Prior to InterIm CDA, she did fund development and communications for regional environmental nonprofit organizations.

“We are excited to have Jill in this new position, which expands our capacity to build community-based funding for impactful public service journalism,” said Publisher Frank Blethen. “Our content and funding development initiative is unique in the industry. It has spawned some of the country’s most innovative solutions journalism, including the Greater Good Campaign, Education Lab, Traffic Lab and foster care reform.”

“This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to creating journalism initiatives with high integrity and solid, measurable outcomes,” said Wasberg. “The Seattle Times has a strong record of bringing issues to light and creating change that benefits the Puget Sound region and beyond. I look forward to playing a role in ensuring this continues.”

Wasberg holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in environmental studies from The Evergreen State College.

She began her role on July 19.