MEET THE STAFF
The staff for the editorial pages of The Seattle Times is separate from other editors and writers at the newspaper. Their work is guided by The Seattle Times Editorial Board.
Here you can learn more about the staff, who they are, the neighborhoods they live in and their professional backgrounds.
Kate Riley, Editorial Page Editor
Kate Riley is the editorial page editor, who works with The Times editorial board to develop the opinion page’s positions on issues. She joined The Times’ editorial page in 2002 as a writer and columnist. A graduate of Redmond High School and the University of Washington, she returned to the Seattle area after spending 17 years working at Eastern Washington newspapers where she was a reporter, editorial writer and editorial page editor.
Sharon Pian Chan, Associate Opinions Editor / Digital
Sharon is the associate opinions editor / digital, who manages our op-eds and digital content. She also is a member of the editorial board. Chan was previously a senior producer for The Seattle Times home page and mobile platforms. She spent 12 years as a Times reporter, covering beats that included Microsoft, Seattle City Hall, King County and the University of Washington. Chan is a graduate of Pomona College and she grew up in Orange, Calif. She now lives in Capitol Hill with her husband, Seattle Times sports reporter Danny O’Neil.
Lance W. Dickie, Editorial Writer
Lance writes on natural resources, energy, social issues, national politics and international affairs. He joined The Times from The Statesman Journal in Salem, Ore., where he had been a reporter, editorial writer and editorial page editor. He is married, and has two daughters.
Jonathan Martin, Editorial Writer
Jonathan Martin has covered social services, politics, prisons and, most recently, the marijuana beat since joining the Seattle Times in 2002 from the Spokesman-Review in Spokane. Raised in Olympia and Eatonville, he graduated from the University of Washington and was a Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan. He lives in Wallingford with his wife, Francesca, and two children.
Bruce Ramsey, Editorial Writer
Bruce joined the editorial staff in March 2000 after a career as a business reporter and columnist. He writes about business, economics, law and foreign affairs. A Seattle native, he grew up in Edmonds and attended the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley. He lives on Phinney Ridge with his wife, a retired banker. They have a college-age son.
Thanh Tan, Multimedia Editorial Writer
Thanh is a multimedia editorial writer. Prior to joining the editorial board of The Seattle Times, she was a political and general assignment reporter with local TV stations in Boise and Portland, an Emmy-winning reporter / producer / host with Idaho Public Television, and a multimedia reporter with The Texas Tribune in Austin. She has also contributed to "This American Life" and The New York Times. Born and raised in Olympia, Thanh graduated with honors from the University of Southern California. She loves food, music, politics, films, yoga, the outdoors and journalism. She lives in Capitol Hill.
Lynne K. Varner, Editorial Writer
Prior to joining the editorial staff, Lynne was a member of the team of reporters covering education. On the editorial page, Lynne writes about primary and secondary education, family and health care issues, colleges and universities and Seattle neighborhoods. She and her husband live in the city of Issaquah and have a young son.
Ken Rosenthal, Desk Editor
Ken is the chief copy editor for the editorial pages and assists in op-ed selections. He helps select the daily edition’s cartoon and designs the daily presentation of the pages.
Gail Scott, Executive Assistant / Editorial
Gail is the executive assistant to the editorial staff. She manages the editorial board meeting calendar and works closely with the Editorial Page Editor on administrative tasks. She lives in the Wallingford/Fremont convergence, under the paws of two very demanding canines.
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