David Boardman is Executive Editor of The Seattle Times. He has oversight and responsibility for the news department of Washington state's largest newspaper, and for its website, www.seattletimes.com. As an editor for The Times, Boardman has directed two Pulitzer Prize-winning team projects and edited seven other stories that were Pulitzer finalists. The winners were an investigation of abuses in the federal tribal-housing program, which won the 1997 Pulitzer for investigative reporting, and coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its aftermath, which won the 1990 Pulitzer for national reporting.
Boardman has been the recipient of numerous other major national awards, including the Goldsmith Prize in Investigative Reporting from Harvard University, the Worth Bingham Prize in Investigative Reporting, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and the Associated Press Managing Editors Public Service Award.
Boardman is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and chairman of ASNE's Ethics and Values Committee. He served as a director and president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the nation's premier training organization for journalists. He is a charter member of the Advisory Board of ProPublica, the investigative-journalism nonprofit. He also serves as board chairman of the Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and has conducted seminars for journalists there and in Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland and Bosnia. He is a member of the Accreditation Committee of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Board of Directors of the Foundation for American Communications, has served as a member of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Board and has served three times as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes. He is also an Ethics Fellow of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.
Before joining The Times in 1983, Boardman was a reporter and editor at several papers in the Northwest, and worked on a construction project in Liberia, West Africa. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and has a graduate degree from the University of Washington. He is a 2007 inductee of both the Medill Alumni Hall of Achievement and the University of Washington Communications Hall of Fame.
He has volunteered as a youth basketball coach and has served on advisory boards supporting music and journalism programs in the Seattle Public Schools.
He is married to Barbara Winslow Boardman, a writer and editor. They have two daughters. He enjoys kayaking, hiking, reading, cooking, travel, jazz, playing with his golden retriever and watching Ichiro Suzuki hit a baseball.