The History of The Seattle Times
April 5, 2010By Seattle Business Magazine
Alden J. Blethen acquires stake in the Seattle Daily
The Klondike Gold Rush begins.
Clarance Brettun Blethen (2nd generation) takes over the Seattle
Times and promotes professional journalism.
William Randolph Hearst buys the The Seattle
Amid troubles, the Blethens sell a 49.5 percent stake to the
The Times receives
its first Pulitzer Prize.
The Seattle Worlds Fair
John Alden Blethen (3rd generation) becomes publisher
Acquisition of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.
Joint Operating Agreement signed with the P-I. The Times handles most business functions and takes 68 percent of the profits.
Frank Blethen (4th generation) becomes publisher and CEO.
Acquisition of the Yakima Herald-Republic.
Acquisition of Maine newspaper chain.
JOA renegotiated. The Seattle Times becomes a morning paper.
Workers at the Times
and P-I go on strike.
The Times seeks to
end the JOA.
The Times pays $25
million to P-I owner Hearst in
settlement of JOA case.
The P-I shuts down
its print edition.
Image credits (top to bottom): Yukon: University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division, Eric A. Hegg Photograph Collection, Ph Coll 274; Hearst: Courtesy CSU Archives/Everett Collection; Pulitzer: Courtesy of Columbia University; Monorail: Museum of History & Industry Photograph Collection, 1994.40.1.