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David Boardman

David Boardman in July 2013was named dean of the school of media and communication at Temple University. Prior to that, Boardman was executive editor of The Seattle Times. He has oversight and responsibility for the news department of Washington state’s largest newspaper, and for its Web site,

As an editor for The Times, Boardman has directed two Pulitzer Prize-winning team projects and edited six 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 director and past president of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He is also president of the Board of Directors of the Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has conducted seminars for journalists in Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, is chairman of ASNE’s Ethics and Values Committee, is a member of the Accreditation Committee of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, has served as a member of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Board and has twice served 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 has a graduate degree from the University of Washington in addition to his bachelor’s degree from Medill.

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 writer and editor Barbara Winslow Boardman (BSJ79). They have two daughters. Boardman enjoys kayaking, hiking, reading, cooking, travel, jazz, playing with his golden retriever and watching Ichiro Suzuki hit a baseball.