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David Boardman

David Boardman is dean of the Temple University School of Media and Communication.

He most recently was executive editor and senior vice president of The Seattle Times, where he had oversight and responsibility for the news department of Washington state’s largest newspaper and for its website,

Under his leadership, The Times won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news, presented for print and online coverage of the assassination of four police officers. In previous years, Boardman directed 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. He also directed seven projects that were Pulitzer finalists.

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 secretary of the Board of Directors of the American Society of News Editors. He served as a director and president of Investigative Reporters and Editors, the nation’s premier training organization for journalists. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Steering Committee of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. He is a charter member of the Advisory Board of ProPublica, the investigative-journalism nonprofit. He also serves as 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 Turkey. He is a former member of the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation Board and has served four 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 an 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.

Boardman is married to Barbara Winslow Boardman, a writer and editor. They have two daughters. He enjoys kayaking, hiking, yoga, reading, cooking, wine, travel, music, playing with his golden retriever and watching Ichiro Suzuki hit a baseball.