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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

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 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
Jim Brunner
Government and politics
Christine Clarridge
Breaking news
Jodie DeJonge
Metro editor
Asia Fields
Dominic Gates
Daniel Gilbert
Heidi Groover
Real Estate
Yihyun Jeong
Breaking news
Lewis Kamb
Katherine A. Long
Patrick Malone
Mike Reicher
Nina Shapiro
Social issues/Enterprise
Sarah Grace Taylor
Seattle City Hall

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 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
Daniel Gilbert Investigations

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.

Our address
Investigations editor
The Seattle Times
1000 Denny Way
Seattle, WA 98109
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