About Times Watchdog

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 the engagement reporter 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.

Sydney Brownstone is an investigative reporter for The Seattle Times. She previously covered homelessness on The Seattle Times' Project Homeless and was named a Livingston Awards finalist for her contributions to the Outsiders podcast with KNKX. Sydney came to The Times from KUOW and The Stranger, where her reporting on sex work and sexual assault won multiple awards and resulted in Washington's first consumer fraud prosecution on behalf of sex workers victimized by a scam. Email Sydney and follow her on Twitter.

Laura Greanias is the deputy investigations editor for The Seattle Times. As Florida investigations editor for Gannett, stories she edited won multiple state, regional and national awards, including first place for investigations and data reporting. She served 15 years at the Los Angeles Times where she was Page One editor, foreign news editor and morning assignment editor on the City Desk. She also was executive editor of a watchdog news site covering education in Los Angeles and California and started the nation’s only Spanish-language education news site. Email Laura 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.

Rebecca Moss is an investigative reporter for The Seattle Times. Previously, she was a staff reporter for Spotlight PA, a statewide investigative team and project of The Philadelphia Inquirer, and for the Santa Fe New Mexican, winning top environmental reporting awards in both states. In partnership with ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network, she reported a year-long series on serious health and safety lapses at Los Alamos National Laboratory, which won a top award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism and a national Headliner Award with InvestigateTV. Originally from New Mexico, she holds a Masters in Journalism from Columbia University. Email Rebecca and follow her on Twitter.

Lulu Ramadan is an investigative reporter for The Seattle Times. Previously, she was an investigative reporter for her hometown newspaper, The Palm Beach Post. There, she covered a range of topics, including voting rights, government misconduct and environmental justice. In partnership with ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network, she reported a yearlong series on the environmental and health impacts of sugar cane burning on low-income, mostly minority South Florida communities. The project was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the local reporting category. Email Lulu and follow her 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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Tips are the lifeblood of investigative reporting. Good tips are clear, specific, have documents or evidence to back them up and involve a problem with real-world consequences. We accept tips by several methods, including through secure encrypted email, text and phone calls, as well as mail.