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History The Seattle Times originated as the Seattle Press-Times, a four-page newspaper founded in 1891 with a daily circulation of 3,500, which Maine teacher and attorney Alden J. Blethen bought in 1896.<ref name="overview">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Renamed the Seattle Daily Times, it doubled its circulation within half a year. By 1915, circulation stood at 70,000.

The Times is one of the few remaining major city dailies in the United States independently operated and owned by a local family (the Blethens). The Seattle Times Company, while owning and operating the Times, also owns three other papers in Washington. The McClatchy Company owns 49.5 percent of voting common stock in the Seattle Times Company, formerly held by Knight Ridder.

The Times reporting has received 10 Pulitzer Prizes,<ref name="overview" /> most recently for its breaking news coverage of the 2014 landslide that killed 43 people in Oso, Wash. It has an international reputation for its investigative journalism, in particular.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In April 2012, investigative reporters Michael Berens and Ken Armstrong won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for a series documenting more than 2,000 deaths caused by the state of Washington's use of methadone as a recommended painkiller in state-supported care.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> In April 2010, the Times staff won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting "for its comprehensive coverage, in print and online, of the shooting deaths of four police officers in a coffee house and the 40-hour manhunt for the suspect."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> The city was on edge during the manhunt, and The Seattle Times had around-the-clock staff monitoring the search and investigating the killer's history in the criminal justice system.


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