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December 14 - 17, 2003
About this project · How we did it

· Reporters:
Christine Willmsen and Maureen O'Hagan
· Editor: James Neff
· Researchers:
Cheryl Morningstar, Miyoko Wolf, Elizabeth Ridgeway, Gene Balk
· Database analysis:
Justin Mayo
· Database editing:
Nick Provenza, Ian Ith
· Desk editor: Greg Robertson
· Photo editor: Fred Nelson
· Graphics coordinator:
Whitney Stensrud
· Print designer: Denise Clifton
· Online engineer:
Matthew Martin
· Online producer:
Tracy Cutchlow
· Online designer:
Carlin Pressnall

Two Seattle Times staff reporters spent a year investigating the sexual misconduct of Washington coaches. They interviewed more than 260 people, including coaches, athletes, students, administrators, educators and experts. The reporters filed more than 110 public-records requests, including requests to 10 of the largest school districts, for information on coaches and teachers accused of misconduct. These districts employ roughly one-quarter of the state's teachers.

The newspaper fought legal battles in four counties to obtain records from school districts. Times reporters, including Justin Mayo, constructed a database to investigate coaches using the following: state superintendent disciplinary records since 1992; rosters of certified teachers; statewide dockets of civil and criminal cases; and an AAU directory of coaches for Western Washington. Mayo provided much of the analysis. Reporters also obtained police, criminal and civil court records from nearly all the state's 39 counties.

Contributors to the series also include Cheryl Morningstar, Elizabeth Ridgeway, Ray Rivera, Ian Ith and Miyoko Wolf.

Inside The Times / Executive Editor Mike Fancher
Series overcame effort to shield records
Like a one-two punch, this investigative report on sexual misconduct by youth coaches assaults our sensibilities.

You can pick up a free copy of "Coaches who prey" from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at these locations:
· Main office: 1120 John St., Seattle Map
· Eastside News Bureau: 1200 112th Ave. N.E., Suite C-145, Bellevue Map
· Snohomish County Bureau: 1133 164th St. S.W., Suite 101, Lynnwood Map

For a copy by mail, send a request with a check for $2.50 to:
The Seattle Times, Coaches who prey, P.O. Box 1735, Seattle, WA 98111
To use a credit card for payment, call 206-464-3113.

· Finalist for Pulitzer Prize
· SPJ's Sigma Delta Chi
· Scripps Howard Foundation award for public service
· Education Writers Association award for investigative journalism
· Heywood Broun award

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