Mike Fancher retired from The Seattle Times in 2008 after 20 years as executive editor. During his tenure as executive editor The Times won four Pulitzer Prizes and was a Pulitzer finalist 13 other times.
Fancher served as a 2008-2009 Donald W. Reynolds Fellow in the Missouri School of Journalism. He is vice president of the Washington Coalition for Open Government and serves on an advisory committee to the Fordham University Graduate School of Business. In 2009, he was a consultant to the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy and to the Aspen Instituteâ€™s Forum on Communications and Society. Also in 2009, the Western Washington Chapter of the SPJ cited Fancher for Distinguished Service to Journalism.
He received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Oregon in 1968, a Masters in Communication from Kansas State University in 1970, and his MBA from the University of Washington in 1986.