Former Union-Bulletin agriculture and business reporter Kate Riley has been promoted to editorial page editor for The Seattle Times, the company announced.
Riley succeeds Ryan Blethen, who will fill the company's newly created role of director, new product strategies. The changes were announced Thursday.
Longtime U-B readers may remember Riley's byline as Kathleen Knutson. She started her daily newspaper career in Walla Walla in 1985. Three years later she moved to the Tri-City Herald, where she eventually served as editorial page editor. Through her work in both communities she developed an in-depth understanding of nuclear and agricultural issues.
She joined The Times in 2002 as an editorial writer and columnist with a focus on energy issues and urban-rural tensions. She was promoted to associate editorial page editor in 2008 and is credited with advancing the presence of Times editorials and opinions online.
Riley, a 1985 University of Washington graduate, is a former board member for the National Conference of Editorial Writers. She previously served as editor of the Masthead, the organization's quarterly journal, and chaired the organization's ethics, innovations and nominating committees.
As editorial page editor, she will oversee the opinion voice of The Times and the editorial staff. She will report to Publisher Frank Blethen, and will serve on The Seattle Times Operating Council, an inter-departmental senior leadership group overseeing the company's operations.
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