The Seattle Times’ LiveWire series event tackles technology and the fake news epidemic in “Fact vs. Fake”

For Immediate Release — Aug. 16, 2017
Lindsay Taylor, Consumer Marketing Manager

SEATTLE — The Seattle Times LiveWire event series will present "Fact vs. Fake: Fighting back against fake news" on Wednesday, Sep. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at UW Kane Hall. LiveWire events feature meaningful discussions about vital issues impacting our region and its people. Each event brings together experts for provocative conversations on key topics moderated by Seattle Times journalists.

Fake news headlines fool American adults about 75% of the time. Many Americans get their news on social media, where false stories, propaganda and one-sided perspectives spread like wildfire. Join The Seattle Times LiveWire for a timely forum with technology and journalism experts about how to fight fake news and preserve the integrity of a free, independent and legitimate press.


Michele Matassa Flores
As The Seattle Times’ Managing Editor, Matassa Flores oversees about 150 journalists and directs all newsroom operations. She has worked in nearly every news department during her 24 years at The Times and has held leadership roles at Crosscut and the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Jevin West
Assistant Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington, West co-directs the DataLab and co-teaches the “Calling BS in the Age of Big Data” class, which went viral within hours. He develops knowledge discovery tools to both study and facilitate science.

Delip Rao
Raois the founder of Joostware, an AI research consulting firm. He created the Fake News Challenge, which brings AI researchers and technologists together to assist the journalism community by identifying and streamlining fact-checking workflows. FNC recently won a grant from the Knight Foundation.

Jeanne Bourgault
Bourgault is President and CEO of Internews, an international nonprofit that works to empower local media and ensure access to trusted, quality information around the world. Internews develops approaches and journalistic principles to create positive change for underserved communities around the world.


Sharon Pian Chan
As The Seattle Times’ Vice President of Innovation, Product and Development, Chan leads content funding and development, and manages the product and business intelligence teams. Previously, she was Associate Opinion Editor and a reporter covering Microsoft and T-Mobile.

The Seattle Times LiveWire series is presented by Microsoft. Tickets are free. For more information, please visit

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