- In 2008 Mike Fancher retired from The Seattle Times after 20 years as executive editor. During his tenure The Times won four Pulitzer Prizes and was a Pulitzer finalist 13 other times.
- A Seattle official is quoted as saying, "Under Mike, the paper was fearless about tackling subjects it thought were important to the community. There were a lot of people in the community who didn’t like that. But, at the same time, the paper was gutsy, and fearless in admitting when it made a mistake."
- Fancher devoted his 2008/2009 Fellowship year to the question, "What is the Journalist’s Creed for the 21st Century?" His research explored how shifting elements, such as the relationship between journalists and the public, affect the values and principles of journalists today and in the future.
- Currently Fancher is joining the faculty of the Donald W. Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, as the Reynolds Visiting Chair in the Ethics of Entrepreneurial and Innovative Journalism. His teaching is an extension of his ethics work as a Reynolds Fellow.
- Fancher's most recent publication is “Re-Imagining Journalism: Local News for a Networked World,” a policy paper on the future of local journalism published by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Aspen Institute.
- Reynolds Fellow
Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
- Retired Executive Editor,
- Seattle Times
"Journalism ethics is undergoing the most profound change since 'The Journalist’s Creed' was created, almost 100 years ago. Journalists in the digital age must do more than meet the professional standards and personal integrity advocated in the creed. They must also adopt a new ethic of public trust through public engagement. This will require higher performance standards and greater accountability." –Mike Fancher