The Seattle Times, a family-owned, Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization, is looking for a talented Political Editor to help us expand and improve our political coverage. The ideal candidate will be a focused, aggressive and highly organized editor who will lead a group of driven journalists as they focus on local, state and national politics.

We’re looking for someone who doesn’t shy away from a challenge, is committed to holding those in power accountable and is constantly looking for ways to turn a political story into a compelling read. We want someone who can steer their team to put readers in the back rooms where deals are struck, to provide authoritative analysis and produce vivid profiles of the people with their fingers on the levers of power.

Candidates must be adept at guiding a team of reporters in covering all facets of politics and elections. He/she must be able to plan and execute coverage of primary and general elections with dozens of candidates for state, regional and local elections. If there’s an interesting story on a race for dog catcher, we want it. In short, we’re looking for a political editor who can take our already exceptional political coverage to the next level during the walkup to the pivotal 2020 elections.


  • Produce breaking news and enterprise coverage of politics and government.
  • Help motivate reporters to elevate their work to produce coverage readers cannot find anywhere else.
  • Think outside the box to find ways to tell stories in unique and novel ways.
  • Be a political watchdog.
  • Work collaboratively with digital, visual and news-apps developer teams.
  • Communicate with other departments, taking full advantage of photos, video, graphics, illustrations and databases, recognizing that many readers prefer to consume information visually instead of through text.
  • Ensure the Times is thinking about local news coverage with a digital-first mindset.
  • Push staffers to keep their digital skills up-to-date, provide the necessary training, and lead by example in this regard.
  • Help monitor, promote, and assert diverse hiring throughout the newsroom by guiding recruitment efforts.