‘Seattle Times’ M.E. Boardman Becomes Executive Editor

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By: Joe Strupp

David Boardman, managing editor of The Seattle Times, will become the paper’s new executive editor, the Times reported Thursday. He replaces longtime executive editor Mike Fancher, who will take the new post of editor-at-large.

The changes will occur Aug. 1.

Publisher Frank Blethen, whose family owns the paper and the parent Seattle Times Company, announced the changes, describing them as “part of a broad plan to cement leadership for the transition into the next generation of family ownership.”

Fancher, who has served as executive editor for 20 years, said in Thursday’s paper that he began discussing a change with Blethen several months ago.

“Frank put the question to me: What do you want to do?” Fancher, 60, said. “I’ve done this job for 20 years and I thought, ‘Well, I don’t want to do the same thing for the years ahead.’ I’d like to take this opportunity to really try to do something dramatically different.” The paper reported that Fancher’s new role “will include some of the content and community-outreach duties he has taken on in the past. But he will devote more time to readership and audience research, he said, and to developing long-term strategy.”

Boardman, 49, has served as managing editor since 2003 and will oversee the news content of The Times and its Web site. He is also past president of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

At Wednesday’s staff meeting, Boardman said the newspaper will look for new ways to connect with the region’s communities, while developing a business model for the future, the Times reported.

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