Who We Are

meet the seattle times

The Seattle Times serves the Northwest with thoughtful, independent journalism that makes a difference. We’re a news media company dedicated to the highest standardsMORE
of journalism. We cut through the clutter and provide readers with news and information that is timely, relevant and easy to access in every way they consume us. Founded in 1896, The Seattle Times remains a family-owned business deeply rooted in the community and committed to principled, investigative news coverage.

NEWS THAT MATTERS

As an independent news media company, The Seattle Times digs deep to bring you the full story. Our reporting has a direct impact on our local community. The Seattle Times has coverage you won’t find anywhere else.

PULITZER PRIZES

The Seattle Times is the winner of ten Pulitzer Prizes, journalism’s highest honor, and has been a finalist on 14 other occasions since 1982.

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Rescue workers dig through a pile of debris Sara Taylor, whose daughter overdosed from methadone Pierce County firefighters salute while an American flag waves over the street A Boeing 737 on a runway A 5,300-square-foot house on the Tulalip Indian Reservation The deck of the fully loaded Arco Anchorage during a moderate storm Steve Titus embraces his fiance, Mona Imholt, outside the courtroom after he was granted a new trial in a rape case Tex Boullioun, president of the Boeing with Eastern Airlines President Frank Borman in 1978 The Pulitzer photograph of four exhausted firemen titled Edwin O. Guthman of The Seattle Times was awarded a Pulitzer for his series on the clearing of Communist charges against Professor Melvin Rader

PRODUCTS

The Seattle Times reaches more Northwest adults than any other local media, delivering quality content where, when and how our readers want it. Explore our diverse range of products across print and digital platforms.

PRODUCTS

The Seattle Times reaches more Northwest adults than any other local media, delivering quality content where, when and how our readers want it. Explore our diverse range of products across print and digital platforms:

LEADERSHIP

Meet the leadership team whose innovation, business acumen and technical savvy are propelling The Seattle Times into the future as a news media company. These experienced executives remain dedicated stewards of The Seattle Times’ 120-year history of principled journalism and public service.

  • Frank A. Blethen
  • Alan Fisco
  • Michele Matassa Flores
  • Kati Erwert
  • Ryan Blethen
  • Gary Smith
  • Craig Eidem
  • Kate Riley

Frank A. Blethen

Publisher

Frank Blethen is a fourth-generation member of the Blethen family, which founded The Seattle Times in 1896. He has been Publisher since 1985, having joined the family business full time in 1968. He held a variety of training positions at The Seattle Times until 1974 when he joined The Seattle Times-owned Walla Walla Union-Bulletin as Publisher. He returned to The Seattle Times in 1980 and held executive positions in circulation, advertising, marketing and labor.

A graduate of Arizona State University, Blethen has done post-graduate work at Harvard. He is known for his civic involvement as well as his generosity in donating to many causes in the community, most notably in the areas of higher education, cultural diversity and health and human services.

Blethen is deeply committed to diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion. His other passions include his family, preserving family-owned businesses and independent journalism.

Alan Fisco

President and Chief Financial Officer

Alan Fisco provides oversight and leadership of The Seattle Times’ executive team, and maintains direct leadership of finance, circulation, operations, human resources and labor. He is also responsible for The Seattle Times’ affiliate newspapers, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and the Yakima Herald-Republic, and its commercial printing subsidiary, Rotary Offset Press.

Fisco celebrated his 25th anniversary with The Seattle Times in 2017. He joined the company as the Single Copy Sales Manager in 1992 and has held multiple leadership positions, including Vice President of Circulation and Marketing. In 2013, Fisco was promoted to Senior Vice President and in 2016, he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Fisco currently serves as a member of the International News Media Association, and is on the Board of Directors of the Inland Press Association and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. He is the immediate past Board Chair and current Treasurer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. Fisco has a B.A. in economics from the University of Washington.

Michele Matassa Flores

Executive Editor

In her 25 years with The Seattle Times, Matassa Flores has worked in or supervised nearly every department in the newsroom. She was appointed executive editor in 2019 to lead The Seattle Times newsroom and work with the executive team as it continues to push the envelope on journalism and business innovation. In her previous role as managing editor, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and its 145 journalists and directed news coverage.

Matassa Flores was first hired by The Seattle Times in 1988. She left the company in 2008, taking on leadership roles with the Seattle news website Crosscut and the Puget Sound Business Journal. She returned to The Seattle Times in 2013. She has also worked at the Statesman Journal, in Salem, Oregon. Matassa Flores is a graduate of the University of Oregon.

Kati Erwert

Senior Vice President Product, Marketing and Public Service

Kati Erwert leads The Seattle Times’ product and marketing departments and oversees the organization’s public service and community engagement initiatives. She is a key member of the audience and subscription team, dedicated to growing The Seattle Times’ readership and subscriber base in the Puget Sound and beyond.

Erwert runs the annual Fund For The Needy holiday drive, and works directly with the Publisher to evolve initiatives like The Greater Good Campaign to improve public education. She has expanded the traditional marketing function to include an innovative portfolio of strategic partnerships. Erwert joined The Seattle Times in 2007 after working in commercial radio for several years, and previously served as the Director of Marketing. She is a graduate of the University of Washington.

Ryan Blethen

Associate Publisher and Assistant Managing Editor, Digital Morning Initiative

As Assistant Managing Editor/Digital, Ryan Blethen oversees the digital news operation at The Seattle Times. Blethen also holds the position of Associate Publisher of The Seattle Times, serving as a member of the company’s executive leadership team.

Prior to his move into the newsroom, Blethen oversaw all product development and management for digital and print in his role as Director of New Product Strategies. Blethen has also served as The Seattle Times Editorial Page Editor.

A fifth-generation member of the Blethen family, Blethen has worked as a reporter or editor at newspapers in Yakima and Spokane, and Portland, Maine. His great-great-grandfather, Alden Blethen, founded The Times in 1896. Ryan Blethen is a graduate of Washington State University and attended journalism school at the University of Kansas.

Gary Smith

Vice President, Advertising

As Vice President of Advertising, Gary Smith is responsible for the successful execution of revenue-generating initiatives covering print and digital platforms. Smith oversees the ongoing evolution of The Seattle Times’ sales functions and the development of innovative partnership packages.

An Omak native, Smith has decades of experience in news media, most recently at The News & Observer newspaper in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., where he was Vice President of Advertising. Prior to working for the News & Observer, he worked at The News Tribune in Tacoma for 13 years. Smith is a graduate of Eastern Washington University.

Craig Eidem

Vice President of Information Technology

As Vice President of Information Technology, Eidem leads the technology functions and drives strategic cross-company initiatives to maximize The Seattle Times’ journalistic mission. He brings 17 years of experience leading large-scale IT organizations for national network and cloud-based companies implementing new systems and business models.

Eidem’s expertise includes developing cloud-based architecture, developing national hosted voice platforms, aligning network operating costs and leading organizations through transformational change. Previously, he served as CTO of AboveCloud, where he oversaw all aspects of engineering, development and information technology. A Seattle native, Eidem joined The Seattle Times in 2017 and will champion the next phase of the company’s innovation and growth.

Kate Riley

Editorial Page Editor

As Editorial Page Editor, Kate Riley has oversight of the opinion voice of The Seattle Times and the editorial staff.

An award-winning journalist, Riley joined The Seattle Times in May 2002 as an Editorial Writer and Columnist, focusing on energy issues and urban-rural tensions. Riley started her daily newspaper career at The Times-owned Walla Walla Union-Bulletin in 1985 where she covered agriculture and business. In 1988, she moved to the Tri-City Herald, where she covered business and education, served as Assistant to the Publisher, Editorial Writer and, finally, as Editorial Page Editor.

A Redmond High School graduate, Riley graduated from the University of Washington with majors in economics and communications. Riley is a former board member for the Association of Opinion Journalists (formerly the National Conference of Editorial Writers), and previously served as Editor of the Masthead, its quarterly journal. Additionally, she chaired the organization’s ethics, innovations and nominating committees.

Frank A. BlethenFrank A. Blethen
Publisher

Frank Blethen is a fourth-generation member of the Blethen family, which founded The Seattle Times in 1896. He has been Publisher since 1985, having joined the family business full time in 1968. He held a variety of training positions at The Seattle Times until 1974 when he joined The Seattle Times-owned Walla Walla Union-Bulletin as Publisher. He returned to The Seattle Times in 1980 and held executive positions in circulation, advertising, marketing and labor.

A graduate of Arizona State University, Blethen has done post-graduate work at Harvard. He is known for his civic involvement as well as his generosity in donating to many causes in the community, most notably in the areas of higher education, cultural diversity and health and human services.

Blethen is deeply committed to diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion. His other passions include his family, preserving family-owned businesses and independent journalism.

Alan FiscoAlan Fisco
President and Chief Financial Officer

Alan Fisco provides oversight and leadership of The Seattle Times’ executive team, and maintains direct leadership of finance, circulation, operations, human resources and labor. He is also responsible for The Seattle Times’ affiliate newspapers, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and the Yakima Herald-Republic, and its commercial printing subsidiary, Rotary Offset Press.

Fisco celebrated his 25th anniversary with The Seattle Times in 2017. He joined the company as the Single Copy Sales Manager in 1992 and has held multiple leadership positions, including Vice President of Circulation and Marketing. In 2013, Fisco was promoted to Senior Vice President and in 2016, he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Fisco currently serves as a member of the International News Media Association, and is on the Board of Directors of the Inland Press Association and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. He is the immediate past Board Chair and current Treasurer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. Fisco has a B.A. in economics from the University of Washington.

Michele Matassa FloresMichele Matassa Flores
Executive Editor

In her 25 years with The Seattle Times, Matassa Flores has worked in or supervised nearly every department in the newsroom. She was appointed executive editor in 2019 to lead The Seattle Times newsroom and work with the executive team as it continues to push the envelope on journalism and business innovation. In her previous role as managing editor, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and its 145 journalists and directed news coverage.

Matassa Flores was first hired by The Seattle Times in 1988. She left the company in 2008, taking on leadership roles with the Seattle news website Crosscut and the Puget Sound Business Journal. She returned to The Seattle Times in 2013. She has also worked at the Statesman Journal, in Salem, Oregon. Matassa Flores is a graduate of the University of Oregon.

Kati ErwertKati Erwert
Vice President of Marketing and Public Service

Kati Erwert leads The Seattle Times’ product and marketing departments and oversees the organization’s public service and community engagement initiatives. She is a key member of the audience and subscription team, dedicated to growing The Seattle Times’ readership and subscriber base in the Puget Sound and beyond.

Erwert runs the annual Fund For The Needy holiday drive, and works directly with the Publisher to evolve initiatives like The Greater Good Campaign to improve public education. She has expanded the traditional marketing function to include an innovative portfolio of strategic partnerships. Erwert joined The Seattle Times in 2007 after working in commercial radio for several years, and previously served as the Director of Marketing. She is a graduate of the University of Washington.

Ryan BlethenRyan BlethenAssociate Publisher and Assistant Managing Editor, Digital Morning Initiative

As Assistant Managing Editor/Digital, Ryan Blethen oversees the digital news operation at The Seattle Times. Blethen also holds the position of Associate Publisher of The Seattle Times, serving as a member of the company’s executive leadership team.

Prior to his move into the newsroom, Blethen oversaw all product development and management for digital and print in his role as Director of New Product Strategies. Blethen has also served as The Seattle Times Editorial Page Editor.

A fifth-generation member of the Blethen family, Blethen has worked as a reporter or editor at newspapers in Yakima and Spokane, and Portland, Maine. His great-great-grandfather, Alden Blethen, founded The Times in 1896. Ryan Blethen is a graduate of Washington State University and attended journalism school at the University of Kansas.

Gary SmithGary Smith
Vice President, Advertising

As Vice President of Advertising, Gary Smith is responsible for the successful execution of revenue-generating initiatives covering print and digital platforms. Smith oversees the ongoing evolution of The Seattle Times’ sales functions and the development of innovative partnership packages.

An Omak native, Smith has decades of experience in news media, most recently at The News & Observer newspaper in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., where he was Vice President of Advertising. Prior to working for the News & Observer, he worked at The News Tribune in Tacoma for 13 years. Smith is a graduate of Eastern Washington University.

Craig EidemCraig Eidem
Vice President of Information Technology

As Vice President of Information Technology, Eidem leads the technology functions and drives strategic cross-company initiatives to maximize The Seattle Times’ journalistic mission. He brings 17 years of experience leading large-scale IT organizations for national network and cloud-based companies implementing new systems and business models.

Eidem’s expertise includes developing cloud-based architecture, developing national hosted voice platforms, aligning network operating costs and leading organizations through transformational change. Previously, he served as CTO of AboveCloud, where he oversaw all aspects of engineering, development and information technology. A Seattle native, Eidem joined The Seattle Times in 2017 and will champion the next phase of the company’s innovation and growth.

Kate RileyKate Riley
Editorial Page Editor

As Editorial Page Editor, Kate Riley has oversight of the opinion voice of The Seattle Times and the editorial staff.

An award-winning journalist, Riley joined The Seattle Times in May 2002 as an Editorial Writer and Columnist, focusing on energy issues and urban-rural tensions. Riley started her daily newspaper career at The Times-owned Walla Walla Union-Bulletin in 1985 where she covered agriculture and business. In 1988, she moved to the Tri-City Herald, where she covered business and education, served as Assistant to the Publisher, Editorial Writer and, finally, as Editorial Page Editor.

A Redmond High School graduate, Riley graduated from the University of Washington with majors in economics and communications. Riley is a former board member for the Association of Opinion Journalists (formerly the National Conference of Editorial Writers), and previously served as Editor of the Masthead, its quarterly journal. Additionally, she chaired the organization’s ethics, innovations and nominating committees.