About the Author


Michael R. Fancher retired from The Seattle Times in 2008, after 20 years as executive editor, and almost 40 years as a professional journalist.

Since retirement, he has remained very active with teaching and administrative roles in journalism education, focused primarily on journalism ethics and democracy.

He was a 2008-2009 Donald W. Reynolds Fellow in the Missouri School of Journalism and Reynolds Chair in Ethics at the University of Nevada in 2011-2012. He was interim director of the University of Oregon’s Turnbull Portland Center and the Agora Center for Journalism Innovation and Civic Engagement during 2015-2016. He is currently chairman of the board of the Washington Coalition for Open Government.

Fancher has a journalism B.A. degree from the University of Oregon, a communication Master’s from Kansas State University, and an MBA from the University of Washington.