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About Times Watchdog

The Seattle Times investigative team seeks to hold the powerful to account and expose injustices through meticulous reporting and compelling storytelling. Using every journalistic tool available, the team is dedicated to making Seattle, Washington state and the Pacific Northwest more transparent, fair and just.

Investigative reporting is integral to The Seattle Times’ history and future. The newspaper, locally owned since 1896, has won 11 Pulitzer Prizes and been a finalist another 14 times. Investigative stories have taken on the most powerful local institutions to unearth hidden truths of vital public interest.

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Meet the team

Taylor Blatchford is an engagement editor for The Seattle Times' investigative team. Her work focuses on communicating directly with readers, involving them in the reporting process and developing digital strategies for the Times' watchdog work. She worked at Investigative Reporters and Editors while earning a degree in investigative journalism from the University of Missouri. Email Taylor and follow her on Twitter.

Asia Fields is an investigative reporter for The Seattle Times. A lifelong Washington resident, she previously covered breaking news on the night shift. She was named one of the new journalists of the year by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Western Washington chapter in 2019 and received a Key Award from the Washington Coalition for Open Government for her reporting on sexual misconduct investigations at her alma mater, Western Washington University. Email Asia and follow her on Twitter.

Daniel Gilbert is an investigative reporter for The Seattle Times. He previously was a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal and the Bristol Herald Courier, which won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for his reporting. He is the founder of the Fund for Rural Computer-Assisted Reporting, a partnership of Investigative Reporters & Editors and the University of Kentucky’s Institute for Rural Journalism & Community Issues. Email Daniel and follow him on Twitter.

Mary Hudetz is an investigative reporter for The Seattle Times. She previously worked for the Associated Press in Albuquerque, covering the criminal justice system and Native American affairs. Her work on the cases of missing and murdered indigenous women garnered several awards, including a Dori J. Maynard Award for Justice in Journalism from the News Leaders Association. An enrolled member of the Crow Tribe, Hudetz is a past president of the Native American Journalists Association. Email Mary and follow her on Twitter.

Jonathan Martin is the investigations editor for The Seattle Times. Since joining the Times in 2002 as a reporter, he has been a columnist and editor specializing in watchdog stories, social services and politics. His work has won national awards, including the Sigma Delta Chi, the Casey Medal and the Tom Renner Prize from the Investigative Reporters and Editors, and he was part of the team that won the 2009 Pulitzer for breaking news. He is a University of Washington graduate and was a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan. Email Jonathan and follow him on Twitter.

Patrick Malone is an investigative reporter for The Seattle Times. He previously covered national security for the Center for Public Integrity, which he joined in 2015 after two decades of working for newspapers in Colorado and New Mexico. His investigative reporting on lapses in oversight of the nation’s nuclear arsenal won APME’s public service and investigative awards, and a national Headliner award. Email Patrick and follow him on Twitter.

Mike Reicher is an investigative reporter for The Seattle Times. Previously, he was a data reporter on the investigative team at the Nashville Tennessean, which won the top investigative award from the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors in 2017 and 2018. Mike previously reported for the Southern California News Group, the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times Community News, and he interned at The New York Times. His first job in journalism came in junior high, when he edited the Seaweed Screamer. He is a graduate of UCLA and the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Email Mike and follow him on Twitter.

Manuel Villa is a data journalist for The Seattle Times. He spent more than 10 years in the financial industry before switching to investigative journalism. He was a fellow at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, where he contributed to the Paradise Papers project, and at The Marshall Project, where he worked on data stories about the criminal justice system. A native of Mexico City, he spent six years in Japan and graduated from Columbia University’s graduate journalism school. Email Manuel and follow him on Twitter.

Miyoko Wolf is a news researcher for The Seattle Times. Since starting at the paper in 1998, she has been instrumental in tracking down sources and information for Seattle Times Pulitzer-winning breaking news stories as well as daily news. Before coming to The Seattle Times, she was with the Battelle Memorial Institute. She grew up in Gig Harbor and is a graduate of the University of Washington.

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Because we believe so deeply in this work, The Seattle Times in 2019 launched the Investigative Journalism Fund, allowing the newspaper to accept individual, tax-deductible donations to expand its existing investment in watchdog reporting. Donate here.