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Here's how to send The Seattle Times a confidential message

The Seattle Times has a proud history of investigative reporting that continues today.

In many cases, that reporting is made possible by tips from the public. Good tips are clear, specific, have documents or evidence to back them up and involve a problem with real-world consequences.

Do you have sensitive information that we should consider investigating? We’d love to hear from you, and you can reach our investigative team at investigations@seattletimes.com.

If you have a general news tip, the fastest way to reach the newsroom is through our general contact page. If you want to reach a specific reporter, try our newsroom staff list.

But if you would like additional security to protect your identity, we encourage you to utilize one of the options below. No system is completely secure, but these methods can provide more protection than other ways of communication.

Signal

Signal is a free app that provides end-to-end encrypted communication for text, photos, videos and calls. It’s a great way to open communication with a Seattle Times reporter, and is one of the most secure methods of keeping your messages confidential, since neither the contents nor the metadata is available to third parties. You can download Signal from iTunes or Google Play.

How to contact an investigative reporter on Signal:

Daniel Beekman
Politics & Neighborhoods
206-464-2164
Jim Brunner
Government and politics
206-214-8789
Christine Clarridge
Breaking news
206-464-8983
Jodie DeJonge
Metro editor
206-729-0732
Asia Fields
Investigations
206-464-2521
Dominic Gates
Boeing/Aerospace
206-683-5329
Daniel Gilbert
Investigations
773-350-6933
Heidi Groover
Real Estate
206-464-8273
Yihyun Jeong
Breaking news
602-321-8719
Lewis Kamb
Watchdog
206-735-6299
Katherine A. Long
Amazon
206-375-9280
Patrick Malone
Investigations
719-242-4097
Mike Reicher
Investigations
503-741-9152
Nina Shapiro
Social issues/Enterprise
206-464-3303
Sarah Grace Taylor
Seattle City Hall
206-984-0326

Encrypted email

We welcome encrypted emails using Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), software that generates a public and private key that you can use to encrypt and decrypt messages. Using our public key and a browser extension, such as Mailvelope, you can encrypt your email messages. Here are some guides to setting up PGP on Windows or Mac.

PGP is designed to prevent third parties from reading the contents of your e-mail, but it does not necessarily protect the metadata (who you’re talking to or when messages were sent). We recommend setting up a brand new anonymous e-mail account, and connecting through a wifi access point away from home and work.

You can contact us with encrypted email at investigations@seattletimes.com. Our public key is available here.

If you'd like to reach a specific investigative reporter, here's how to contact them:

Jim Brunner Government and politics
PGP: BD72C1BA
jbrunner@seattletimes.com
Daniel Gilbert Investigations
PGP: BDE4BFE2
dgilbert@seattletimes.com

Postal mail

Mail delivered through the postal service can also help protect your identity, and is a great way of sending documents. We recommend that you put the letter or package in a public mailbox instead of going to a post office facility. We also recommend you do not include a return address on the front of the package.

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Investigations editor
The Seattle Times
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Seattle, WA 98109
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