Seattle Times is a daily newspaper serving Seattle, Washington,
United States. It has the largest circulation of any newspaper in the
state of Washington and in the
Pacific Northwest region.
The newspaper was founded in 1891 and has been controlled by the
Blethen family since 1896.
The Seattle Times Company
The Seattle Times Company also owns local
newspapers in Walla Walla and Yakima. It had a longstanding rivalry
with the Post-Intelligencer until the latter ceased publication in
3.1 Racial headline controversy
3.2 Election controversy
4 The Joint Operating Agreement
6 Delivery and page width
8 See also
10 External links
Seattle Times originated as the
Seattle Press-Times, a four-page
newspaper founded in 1891 with a daily circulation of 3,500, which
Maine teacher and attorney
Alden J. Blethen
Alden J. Blethen bought in 1896.
Seattle Daily Times, it doubled its circulation within
half a year. By 1915, circulation stood at 70,000.
The newspaper moved to the
Times Square Building
Times Square Building at 5th Avenue and
Olive Way in 1915. It built a new headquarters, the
Building, north of Denny Way in 1930. The paper moved to its current
headquarters at 1000 Denny Way in 2011.
Seattle Times switched from afternoon delivery to mornings on
March 6, 2000, citing that the move would help them avoid the fate of
other defunct afternoon newspapers. This placed the Times in direct
competition with its
Joint Operating Agreement (JOA) partner, the
Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Nine years later, the
Post-Intelligencer became an online-only publication.
The Times is one of the few remaining major city dailies in the United
States independently operated and owned by a local family (the
Seattle Times Company, while owning and operating the
Times, also owns three other papers in Washington, and formerly owned
several newspapers in
Maine that were sold to MaineToday Media.
The McClatchy Company
The McClatchy Company owns 49.5 percent of voting common stock in the
Seattle Times Company, formerly held by
Knight Ridder until 2006.
The Times reporting has received 10 Pulitzer Prizes, most recently
for its breaking news coverage of the 2014 landslide that killed 43
people in Oso, Wash. It has an international reputation for its
investigative journalism, in particular. In April 2012,
investigative reporters Michael Berens and Ken Armstrong won the
Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for a series documenting
more than 2,000 deaths caused by the state of Washington's use of
methadone as a recommended painkiller in state-supported care. In
April 2010, the Times staff won the
Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News
Reporting for its coverage, in print and online, of the shooting
deaths of four police officers in a Lakewood coffee house and the
40-hour manhunt for the suspect."
Racial headline controversy
In February 2002, The
Seattle Times ran a subheadline "American
outshines Kwan, Slutskaya in skating surprise" after
Sarah Hughes won
the gold medal at the 2002 Olympics. Many Asian Americans felt
insulted by the Times' actions, because
Michelle Kwan is also
American. Asian American community leaders criticized the
subheadline as perpetuating a stereotype that people of color can
never be truly American.
The incident echoed a similar incident that happened with an MSNBC
article during the Winter games in 1998, which was reported on by
The newspaper's Executive Editor at the time of the controversy, Mike
Fancher, issued an apology in the aftermath of the controversial
On October 17, 2012, the publishers of The
Seattle Times launched
advertising campaigns in support of Republican gubernatorial candidate
Rob McKenna and a state referendum to legalize same-sex marriage. The
newspaper's management said the ads were aimed at "demonstrating how
effective advertising with The Times can be." The advertisements
in favor of McKenna represent an $80,000 independent expenditure,
making the newspaper the third largest contributor to his
campaign. More than 100 staffers signed a letter of protest sent
Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen, calling it an "unprecedented
The Joint Operating Agreement
"Quarters of the news editor", one in a group of four photos in the
Seattle and the Orient (1900), collectively captioned "The
Seattle Daily Times—
From 1983 to 2009, the Times and Seattle's other major paper, the
Seattle Post-Intelligencer, were run under a "Joint
Operating Agreement" (JOA) whereby advertising, production, marketing,
and circulation were controlled by the Times for both papers. The
two papers maintained their own identities with separate news and
The Times announced its intention to cancel the Joint Operating
Agreement (JOA) in 2003, citing a clause in the JOA contract that
three consecutive years of losses allowed it to pull out of the
agreement. Hearst sued, arguing that a force majeure clause
prevented the Times from claiming losses as reason to end the JOA when
they result from extraordinary events (in this case, a seven-week
strike by members of the Newspaper Guild). While a district judge
ruled in Hearst's favor, the Times won on appeal, including a
unanimous decision from the Washington State Supreme Court on June 30,
2005. Hearst continued to argue that the Times fabricated its loss
in 2002. The two papers announced an end to their dispute on April 16,
This arrangement JOA was terminated when the Post-Intelligencer ceased
publication; its final printed edition was March 17, 2009.
The Times contains different sections every day. Each daily edition
includes Main News & Business, a NW section for the day, Sports,
and any other sections listed below.
Friday: NW Autos; Weekend Plus
Saturday: NW Homes
Sunday: Business; ShopNW; NW Jobs; NW Arts&Life; NW Traveler;
Pacific NW Magazine
Pacific NW is a glossy magazine published every week and inserted in
the Sunday edition.
Delivery and page width
For decades, the broadsheet page width of the Times was 13 1⁄2
inches (34 cm), printed from a 54-inch web, the four-page width
of a roll of newsprint. Following changing industry standards, the
width of the page was reduced in 2005 by 1 inch (2.5 cm), to
12 1⁄2 inches (32 cm), now a 50-inch web standard. In
February 2009, the web size was further reduced to 46 inches,
which narrowed the page by another inch to 11 1⁄2 inches
(29 cm) in width.
The Times' prices are: $1.50 daily (up from $1 since mid-January 2017)
& $2 Sunday/Thanksgiving Day in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish
counties; elsewhere in Washington state, $1.50/2 daily & $3
Sundays/Thanksgiving Day; price is higher in adjacent
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