Don Shelton

Former Executive Editor, Seattle Times

Don Shelton recently retired as Executive Editor of the Seattle Times after 32 years at the news organization, much of it in Sports. He also worked at the Santa Rosa (Calif.) Press-Democrat, the Bellevue (Wash.) Journal American and the Yakima (Wash.) Herald-Republic.


The community-funded journalism is probably one of the few unique things that we do. It’s not unique in newspapers because there are some nonprofits that do it, but for profit newspapers, we probably are the leader. And what we do is we ask outside funding sources, foundations, corporations and nonprofits to contribute to fund around a certain subject, and then we use that money to hire a team of journalists to cover that issue, and we started in 2015 with issue coverage called Education Lab. And in 2017 we launched Traffic Lab, which covers transportation, and Project Homeless, which covers homelessness.