Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen receives Vision from the Mountaintop Award (VFTMA)

For Immediate Release — Jan. 17, 2018
Lindsay Taylor, Consumer Marketing Manager

SEATTLE — At the sixth annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Prayer Breakfast, Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen received a Vision from the Mountaintop Award presented to a business leader.

The education award was presented to Susan Okamoto Lane. The community award was presented to a trio of longtime public service and civic leaders - Norm Rice, Ron Sims, and Larry Gossett.

The annual award recognizes business, community and education leaders from the Seattle area who contribute to further justice, reconciliation and empowerment. Honorees are expected to continue to function as active ambassadors of reconciliation in their community and workplaces.

“I am honored to receive this award, and accept it on behalf of the Blethen family and our remarkable Times family of employees,” said Blethen. “My family has dedicated itself and The Seattle Times to two things: Great local independent journalism, and a fair and inclusive community. We will continue to spotlight the inequities and discrimination in our public school system until every child of color and/or low income receives a work- or college- ready K-12 education.”

The Seattle Times serves Washington state with independent, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism, as the region’s most trusted news media company, dedicated to public service. The Seattle Times is the second largest newspaper on the West Coast and the most-visited digital information source in the state. Founded in 1896 by Alden J. Blethen, The Seattle Times’ stewardship is now led by the Blethen family’s fourth and fifth generations. The stewardship also includes the Yakima Herald-Republic and The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.