‘Seattle Times’ Editor-at-Large Fancher To Retire

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By: Joe Strupp

Michael R. Fancher, editor at large and senior vice president for the Seattle Times Company, has announced his retirement, effective April 30, 2008, the paper revealed in a release first posted on the Poynter.org Romenesko site.

Fancher served as executive editor of the Times from 1986 to 2006. He joined the paper as a reporter in 1978, and served as assistant city editor, night city editor and assistant managing editor/news and managing editor, the release stated.

“During Fancher?s tenure as managing editor and executive editor, The Seattle Times won four Pulitzer Prizes and was named a finalist an impressive 15 times. Fancher?s vision and leadership led to the creation of seattletimes.com, which became one of the nation?s most successful newspaper Web sites,” the announcement stated.

“I have been blessed to spend 30 years at a newspaper whose owners and employees have been dedicated to providing readers the best in independent journalism. I’m proud of what we were able to do together. My newspaper career has been dedicated to public service and I look forward to continuing that service in a variety of ways in the future,? Fancher said in the statement.

Fancher plans to continue working in journalism after departing the Times, the paper said. “He is currently exploring a variety of opportunities and interests, including academic work exploring the future of journalism and how technology is changing the role of journalism in society.”

“Under Mike’s leadership, The Seattle Times became the most successful newspaper in the Pacific Northwest and one of the most respected regional newspapers in the country. He took our print journalism and public service to new heights, and he provided the original vision and leadership for what has become our robust and respected web presence, seattletimes.com,” said Frank Blethen, Times Publisher and CEO.

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