‘Seattle Times’ Names 3 New Managing Editors

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By: Shawn Moynihan

In an effort to more effectively integrate its print and online coverage, The Seattle Times has named three new managing editors.

Kathy Best will serve as managing editor, digital news and innovation and will be primarily responsible for seattletimes.com. Best joins the Times newsroom from The Sun in Baltimore, where she served as assistant managing editor/Sunday, national and foreign.

Suki Dardarian has been named managing editor for news coverage and enterprise, overseeing most reporting functions, including local news, business, features, investigations, enterprise planning and the Sunday paper.

Dardarian joined the Times in 2000 as an assistant managing editor and was later appointed deputy managing editor. Before that, she was senior editor at The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash.

Mike Stanton will serve as managing editor/news editing and presentation, and as such he will oversee news presentation and production as well as sports, the news desk, national and foreign news, photo, design, illustration, graphics, and news information technology.

Stanton, a Times veteran of 21 years, most recently was executive news editor. Most of his career at the Times has been spent on the news desk, and he also served as metro editor.

“Unlike some newspapers, we’re not advocating a shift from the newspaper to the Web,” Executive Editor David Boardman said in a statement. “Rather, we’re aiming to provide our journalism in two venues with two distinct and uniquely valuable formats — one focused on updates, interactivity, multimedia and finding information in a hurry; the other, on depth, perspective, and arresting writing and presentation.”

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