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This overview provides a summary look at The Seattle Times Company and The Seattle Times newspaper. More detailed information on these aspects of our company is available throughout our site.


The Seattle Times Company publishes The Seattle Times, the largest daily newspaper in Washington state, and the largest Sunday circulation newspaper in the Northwest. Well respected for its comprehensive local coverage, The Seattle Times, winner of seven Pulitzer Prizes, is also recognized nationally and internationally for in-depth, quality reporting and award-winning photography and design. The Seattle Times is part of a family of affiliated newspapers and web sites. Each is autonomously operated, but strategically part of the company's focus on being a leading news and information provider. The company has two Northwest-based comprehensive online news, information and advertising Web sites: seattletimes.com and NWsource.com. The Seattle Times Company owns the Yakima Herald-Republic, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin and The Issaquah Press, all in Washington state.

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Family-owned and Independent

The Seattle Times is the largest locally and family-owned and operated metropolitan newspaper in the United States. For over a century, the newspaper has been under the continuous ownership of the Blethen family. It was founded in 1896 by Colonel Alden J. Blethen, a schoolteacher and attorney in his home state of Maine, who came to Seattle and purchased the four-page Seattle Press-Times. In six months, circulation of the newly named Seattle Daily Times doubled to 7,000. By Blethen's death in 1915, daily circulation had reached 70,000, with Sunday circulation growing to 82,000. Today, under the guidance of the fourth generation of Blethens, more than 1.5 million people read The Seattle Times over the course of each week, making it the region's most widely read daily newspaper.

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Committed to Quality

The Seattle Times Company is dedicated to remaining independent and to serving the community through quality journalism. The professional recognition of the company's flagship newspaper, The Seattle Times, reflects this commitment and demonstrates that its staff is among the best in the country. In 1997, The Seattle Times received two Pulitzer Prizes for a total of seven.

Year after year, The Seattle Times receives other top honors for outstanding reporting on topics of wide-reaching interest, including subjects that impact the community's and the nation's well being and safety. Supporting one of the largest investigative teams in the region, The Seattle Times has uncovered important stories on such issues as questionable research experiments on cancer patients, fraud and mismanagement in federally funded tribal-housing programs, commercial airline safety, and the widespread use of contaminated industrial wastes in agricultural fertilizer.

Excellence is a hallmark of many aspects of The Seattle Times. The Society of American Business Editors and Writers named the Business section one of the four best among newspapers of its size. The Seattle Times also won top honors from the National Awards for Education Reporting, a topic given special emphasis at The Seattle Times. The Best of the West awards recognized The Seattle Times for quality reporting in Spot News, Environmental, Explanatory and Online Enterprise categories. The Seattle Times earned a National Headliner Award for the series "The Terrorist Within," and the Associated Press Sports Editors awarded The Seattle Times Sports department a "triple-crown" for their work in 2002.

In a recent Society for News Design international competition, The Seattle Times won 19 awards, including a silver medal, vying with more than 15,000 entries from around the world. In addition, the same organization ranked The Seattle Times among 16 newspapers from four countries chosen as the world's best-designed newspapers. The photographic excellence of The Seattle Times also receives consistent recognition in photojournalism competitions. Recently, The Seattle Times was selected for an Award of Excellence in the "Best Use of Pictures" category in the prestigious annual Pictures of the Year competition.

The Seattle Times tradition of quality content and design extends throughout the paper. For the eighth consecutive year, The Seattle Times was named among the best newspapers in the country for its features sections by the Missouri Lifestyle Journalism Awards competition.

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Extensive Local Coverage

Reporting that connects Northwest news, people and places is at the heart of The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times provides focused, local coverage of topics like education, transportation, natural resources and other defining issues of the region. In addition to our regional and metro coverage, our news bureaus in Snohomish County and on the Eastside report on business, politics, schools, prep sports, events and other topics of interest to readers in these communities. Seattle Times bureaus in Olympia, Washington and Washington, D.C. stay abreast of news from those two capital cities that may affect readers in The Seattle Times coverage area.

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A Comprehensive Source

The Seattle Times weekday and Sunday newspapers carry sections covering a wide variety of interests. Each day The Seattle Times features: a Main News or A-section, with complete local, national and international news; Local News, devoted to coverage of the region and editorial analysis and insights; Northwest Life, focusing on lifestyle issues and gardening; Business, covering companies and the economy; Sports, with information on professional, college and prep sports, as well as recreation activities; and Northwest Classifieds, a popular marketplace for the exchange of goods and services. Weekly sections include: Opinion, with expanded editorials, columns and reader letters from a diversity of viewpoints; Ticket and Movie Times, a guide to arts and entertainment, and films and the film industry; Families, focusing on family life and activities; Job Market, a section highlighting employment trends and current openings; Food, featuring extensive wine coverage and stories catering to culinary interests; Entertainment and the Arts, covering people and trends behind Seattle's vibrant art scene; Northwest Weekend, devoted to outdoor recreation; and Sunday Travel, bringing the world a little closer. Other sections cover Real Estate, Motoring and Religion. Pacific Northwest, a popular full-color Sunday magazine, profiles unique Northwest people and places.

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Information Online

The leading information provider in the region, The Seattle Times also produces the Northwest's most visited newspaper site on the Web. The Seattle Times Company continually explores new technology to offer readers more effective connections to the community. Offering the latest news and information, seattletimes.com complements the content of The Seattle Times newspaper and provides users with easy access and enhanced services. Online news is updated throughout the day, allowing readers to follow breaking news as well as current local, national and world events, sports and business news. In addition to seattletimes.com.

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State-of-the-Art Production

As part of its dedication to remaining the Northwest's most progressive, comprehensive and reliable information provider, The Seattle Times built a state-of-the-art production plant known as the North Creek Facility. The plant's four Goss Colorliner presses use the latest technology to provide bold color, clear contrast and sharp imagery in the newspapers produced by The Seattle Times Company. Advanced storage, production and distribution methods enable The Seattle Times to deliver a high-quality product in a timely way to a growing market.

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Advertising Value

As Washington state's largest daily newspaper, The Seattle Times provides an excellent vehicle for both local and national advertisers. Reaching more than a million readers on Sunday, it is the leading source of timely consumer information in the marketplace. The Seattle Times provides a full range of in-house creative, advertising and market research services. Award-winning professional copywriters and designers help both large and small advertisers develop attractive, effective advertising campaigns. The company's network of Web sites tally more than 65 million page impressions monthly, offering a premiere online advertising opportunity.

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The Company in the Community

The Seattle Times Company values its special relationship with the community. Company giving programs focusing on women, youth, education, health and human services, diversity, literacy and the arts support many community organizations and activities.

Contributions made by The Seattle Times include: the annual Fund for the Needy drive; education scholarships; a Newspapers In Education program; and a wide range of community partnerships benefiting local non-profit organizations. In addition, The Seattle Times has provided leadership and ongoing support to some of the most successful annual United Way campaigns in the country.

The Seattle Times takes an active role internally as well as outside the company in promoting diversity. Seattle Times publisher Frank A. Blethen has been honored as a national leader in advancing gender and racial equality in the workplace and in the community. The Seattle Times is one of the top two newspapers in the country for company-wide diversity. In the newsroom, The Seattle Times ranks among the top metro dailies in the country with minority employment constituting about 20 percent, compared to a nationwide news staff average of 11.5 percent. The national Association for Women in Communications selected The Seattle Times to receive its first Ruth Weyand Award for outstanding contributions in advancing women in the workplace.

The Seattle Times is recognized for providing an excellent work environment for the more than 1,200 people employed in all departments of the company. For nine consecutive years, Working Mother magazine named The Seattle Times newspaper one of the best 100 employers in the country. In keeping with a philosophy of preserving and protecting the resources of the Northwest, The Seattle Times Company practices and promotes recycling. Currently, more than 60 percent of The Seattle Times newsprint contains recycled fibers. All newspaper waste is reused; ink, office paper, printing plates, silver film and even oil from presses and delivery trucks are recycled. These efforts have been recognized with environmental awards from The Washington State Department of Ecology, King County and the Weyerhaeuser Company.

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Newspapers In Education

Research shows that students who use newspapers as a learning resource have a better awareness of the world. Newspapers In Education (NIE) has been a viable teaching method used throughout the United States for more than 30 years The Seattle Times NIE program benefits both teachers and students by bringing newspapers and learning materials into classrooms throughout The Seattle Times circulation areas. Supplemented by special NIE instructional materials and teacher training, newspapers are used at all grade levels to teach a wide variety of subjects. In a rapidly changing world, these newspapers provide "textbooks" that are updated daily.

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Seattle Times Company Subsidiaries

Non-newspaper subsidiaries include Rotary Offset Press, Inc., a commercial printing company.

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