Seattle Times’ new editor wants ‘kick-ass journalism’

The Seattle Times

The Seattle Times named Kathy Best its editor Monday. She had previously been a managing editor at the newspaper and replaces David Boardman, who left the paper in August to head Temple University’s School of Media and Communication.

In remarks to staffers, Best said “all of us in this room need to stay laser-focused on our mission: producing useful, meaningful, kick-ass journalism that readers can’t get anywhere else,” Jack Broom reports. Among her goals:  “Sunday newspapers that showcase elegant storytelling, along with watchdog and investigative stories” and “content that creates a strong sense of place, and connection to the community.”

The newspaper announced other leadership moves, among them that Ryan Blethen, who is the executive producer of the paper’s website, will become assistant managing editor/digital and Jim Simon, who had been assistant managing editor for local news, will be deputy managing editor.

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