The Seattle Times Daily Newspaper had its beginning in 1891 with a circulation of 3500. In 1896 the paper was purchased by Alden Blethen who was previously a newspaper man in Minneapolis, and in just six month's time, his hard work and know-how had doubled circulation. The "Times" is still owned and operated by the Blethen family to this day.
In 1897 the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska's Yukon Territory turned Seattle into a boom town. Sellers of goods needed a place to advertise and Mr. Blethen had just what they needed in the form of the printed word. This was a recipe for success.
The Seattle Times was an evening newspaper until 2000, when it switched to mornings to be more competitive. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer was the competing news of the region until 2009 when the P.I. closed its doors for good.
The staff at the newspaper is very talented. The photography we often see in newsprint is actually worthy of framing. For a peek at some typical Seattle beauty as captured on camera by staff photographers, check out the gallery.
The journalistic staff has received eight Pulitzer Prizes, one as recently as April 2010 for breaking news investigative prowess into the shooting death of four local police officers as they enjoyed their morning coffee together in a local coffee house. The manhunt for the suspect lasted 40 hours, with the Times staff keeping constant vigilance to keep the public informed, meanwhile conducting research on the suspect's history with the criminal justice system.
The Seattle Times keeps us connected locally and internationally by keeping us informed of news events, and helps us keep a finger on the pulse of the nation and the world with human interest stories, sports and entertainment updates, opinion pieces, and, my favorite, local news. It's good to know that our state's most prestigious newspaper is the one that lands on our doorstep and kitchen table every day.