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SEATTLE TIMES LEADERSHIP

Frank A. Blethen, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer
Ryan Blethen, Assistant Managing Editor/Digital and Associate Publisher
Alayne Fardella, President and Chief Operating Officer
Alan Fisco, Executive Vice President, Revenue & New Products
Michael Shepard, Senior Vice President, Business Operations
Kathy Best, Editor
Carey Butler, Chief Technology Officer, Vice President/Technology
Jill Mackie, Vice President, Public Affairs
Kate Riley, Editorial Page Editor


Frank A. Blethen
Publisher and Chief Executive Officer

Frank Blethen is a fourth generation member of the Blethen family, which founded The Seattle Times in 1896. He has been Publisher and Chief Executive Officer 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.

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



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Ryan Blethen
Assistant Managing Editor/Digital and Associate Publisher

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.



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Alayne Fardella
President and Chief Operating Officer

Alayne Fardella is President and Chief Operating Officer at The Seattle Times. Fardella oversees company operations and partners with Publisher Frank Blethen and the executive team in the work of long-term strategic planning for the company.

Fardella has served in a number of leadership roles at The Seattle Times, most recently as Senior Vice President, Business Operations with oversight of budgeting, human resources, labor, operations and Seattle Times affiliate newspapers in Walla Walla, Yakima, Issaquah, Sammamish, Newcastle, Snowqualmie, and North Bend. Additional key responsibilities have included oversight of leadership development and digital strategy.

Prior to joining The Times, Fardella held management positions with top high tech manufacturing companies, including Intel Corporation and National Semiconductor. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Fardella holds an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix and a B.A. from Santa Clara University.

Fardellaís community and volunteer involvement includes serving as a member of the American Lung Associationís Lung Force Womenís Cabinet, and as a volunteer advisor to Sister Schools, a Seattle-based nonprofit that supports schools and orphanages in Uganda with educational supplies, clothing and other important educational resources.



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Alan Fisco
Executive Vice President, Revenue & New Products

In his role as Executive Vice President, Revenue & New Products, Alan Fisco oversees The Seattle Times Sales and Marketing and is responsible for all company revenue and new products.

Fisco joined the company in 1992, having been hired as the Single Copy Sales Manager. In 1995, he was promoted to Home Delivery Manager, followed by Director of Consumer Marketing in 1997. He was promoted to Vice President of Circulation in 2005, and in 2006 added marketing to his responsibilities. Fisco started in the newspaper industry in 1983 as Single Copy Sales Manager at The Everett Herald. After three years in Everett, including a promotion to Circulation Sales Manager, he moved to Oregon, becoming Circulation Manager at the Corvallis Gazette-Times. After one year, he moved to The Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon where he served as the Circulation Director for four years.

Fisco currently serves as a member of the International Newspaper Marketing Association. He is a past board member of the Eugene Jaycees and is involved in numerous charitable and civic activities within the community including as a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. Fisco has a B.A. in economics from the University of Washington.



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Michael Shepard
Senior Vice President, Business Operations

In his role as Senior Vice President, Business Operations for The Seattle Times, Michael Shepard has responsibility for Human Resources, Labor Relations, Circulation and Operations. He also oversees Rotary Offset Press, The Times’ commercial printing operation in Kent, Washington.

Shepard joined The Seattle Times in 2000 as publisher of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. He subsequently became Publisher of the Yakima Herald-Republic in 2003. In addition to being Publisher in Yakima, Shepard was promoted to President, Seattle Times Washington Affiliate Newspapers, having oversight of the company’s affiliate newspapers in Washington state: the Yakima Herald-Republic, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, The Issaquah Press, the Sammamish Review, SnoValley Star and Newcastle News.

Shepard is a second-generation newspaper professional. He attended Washington State University, earning a degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism. He began his career working as a courthouse reporter for the Idahonian/Daily News, the Moscow, Idaho newspaper serving Moscow and Pullman, Washington. He subsequently worked for 12 years with Kitsap County-based Sound Publishing, Inc.

He has been active in numerous community and civic organizations, including Rotary, United Way and the YMCA and has served as a board member and officer of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington and the professional advisory board of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University. He also currently serves on the Inland Newspaper Association Foundation board of directors.



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Kathy Best
Editor

Kathy Best is responsible for The Seattle Times News Department, the state’s largest news media organization and its website, seattletimes.com. In her previous role at The Times, Best served as Managing Editor for Digital News and Innovation where she led the way for bridging the divide between print and digital aspects of The Times’ reporting. During her tenure as a Managing Editor, The Times won two Pulitzer Prizesófor breaking news in 2010 and investigative reporting in 2012.

As a member of the company’s senior executive team, Best contributes to overall company operations, strategy and long-term planning. Before joining The Times in 2005, Best was Assistant Managing Editor for Sunday and national news at The Baltimore Sun. She earned her B.S. in journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and completed her master’s degree in public affairs reporting at what is now the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Her career in newspapers spans reporting, where she has covered state and national politics and government, and editing, where she has directed coverage of earthquakes, hurricanes and acts of human deceit and destruction. In addition to her work at The Times and The Sun, Best also has led the metro operation at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and served as the Assistant Managing Editor at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She began her journalism career covering night cops at the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa.



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Carey Butler
Chief Technology Officer, Vice President/Technology

As Chief Technology Officer, Vice President Technology, Carey Butler provides strategic leadership on all technology matters and oversees The Seattle Times IT department. She is a member of The Times executive leadership team.

Prior to joining The Seattle Times in January, 2014, Butler served in a number of technology leadership roles, most recently as Senior Vice President of Technology at Coinstar, Inc. (now Outerwall), where she was responsible for all technology aspects of the Coinstar kiosk offering including development of new consumer products. Prior to her role at Coinstar, Butler was Vice President, Professional Engineering Services at BSQUARE, where she delivered engineering services and digital products for global consumer electronics companies.

Butlerís leadership roles extend beyond The Times into the broader technology and non-profit community, where she advocates for STEM education and workforce development. Butler has held board positions at both the Technology Access Foundation and the Washington Technology Industry Association, and is a current member of the CIO Council at 501 Commons, a 501(c)3 that provides customized professional consulting and expertise to non-profit organizations. Butler earned her degree in Business/Quantitative Methods from the University of Washington.



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Jill Mackie
Vice President/Public Affairs

In her role as Vice President, Public Affairs, Jill Mackie oversees strategic communications for The Seattle Times as well as representing the company’s interests at the local, state and federal levels on issues affecting The Times, including land use, general business climate, tax and regulatory matters, and issues affecting public access to public information. She is involved in national efforts to reduce consolidation of media ownership and to repeal the estate tax, both issues that impact independent ownership of media.

Mackie serves on the boards for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association, and has been active in a number of other industry and community efforts including service on the boards of Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington, Wellspring Family Services and the South Lake Union Community Council.

Prior to joining The Seattle Times, Mackie served as Vice President for Government Affairs and Human Resources for the Pacific Lumber and Shipping Company in Seattle, where she focused on international trade and the environment. She has more than 20 years experience working in governmental and public affairs and holds a BA in Sociology from Seattle Pacific University.



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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, National Conference of Editorial Writers), and previously served as Editor of the Masthead, its quarterly journal. Additionally, she chaired the organizationís ethics, innovations and nominating committees.



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