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Michele Matassa Flores named Seattle Times editor

Michele Matassa Flores, The Seattle Times' current managing editor, has been named the newspaper's new executive editor.

The Seattle Times reports that Matassa Flores was first hired in 1988 and has served as a reporter, deputy business editor, co-metro editor, deputy investigations editor, features editor, assistant managing editor for sports and features and deputy managing editor. She left the company in 2008, taking on leadership roles with the Seattle news website Crosscut and the Puget Sound Business Journal.

She returned to The Times in 2013 and has served as managing editor since 2016.

Matassa Flores, 55, is a graduate of the University of Oregon and lives in West Seattle.

Matassa Flores replaces Don Shelton, who announced his retirement Monday after working at the newspaper for 32 years. His last day will be May 23.