IW leader named one of Seattle’s “most influential” people for 2013

By October 23, 2013March 19th, 20157 Comments

Each year Seattle Magazine puts together its list of Seattle’s “most influential” people, a who’s who of innovative thinkers, trendsetters and other influencers in the Emerald City. This year, InvestigateWest executive director and co-founder Robert McClure is on that list.

“Even the folks who have been forced by his stories to clean up their act admit this guy is nothing if not fair,” the magazine writes of McClure, “a modest, Northwest version of Clark Kent in a post-Post-Intelligencer world.”

Under McClure’s leadership, InvestigateWest has won 10 awards in 2013 for its investigative and enterprise reporting, including two national industry honors. Its innovative studio model for investigative journalism is being used in classrooms across the country, after the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism published a case study on the Seattle newsroom earlier this year.

“It’s great fun to be listed next to Russell Wilson, but most of all I’m glad that InvestigateWest’s record of accomplishment is in the pages of Seattle Magazine for the community to see,” McClure said. “Journalism is changing. But the power of journalism to hold people to account,  to connect the dots, and to uncover secrets is needed more than ever.”

Others on the list include Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, whose purchase of The Washington Post was announced in August, and breakout recording artist Macklemore, as well as Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, developer Kemper Freeman and State Sen. Rodney Tom.

As Executive Director, McClure has led InvestigateWest to an ever-growing number of partnerships with local, regional and national news outlets, creating targeted opportunities for the organization’s journalism to reach the communities and decision-makers where it is most likely to make a difference. The organization has a track record of impact since it was founded in 2009, with three state laws passed as a direct result of InvestigateWest reporting.

InvestigateWest’s latest initiative is a national investigation, with the Investigative News Network, into schools that expose children to toxic pollutants from highways and other major roads. The first segment aired on KING 5 in September, and led Seattle Schools to take steps to better protect children from exposure to road pollution.


  • Beth Parke says:

    Congratulations Robert and InvestigateWest for this well deserved recognition!

    Your dedication to public service journalism, so many achievements, and integrity of mission, vision and all you deliver on it are so worthy of great praise, and widespread support. Kudos!

  • IW is an inspiration and encouragement to all modern journalists laboring under volatile and often demoralizing circumstances. Go IW!

  • David Gibson says:

    Congratulations Robert and the IW crew for recognition of y’alls fine work and the value it has. (From a member of the southern division fan club.) Thanks.

  • Jill Avey says:

    What a great acknowledgement of the importance of Investigate West! It makes a difference. Keep up the good work Robert.

  • Don Hopey says:

    Robert, this honor is well-deserved and provides overdue recognition for a career of fine, ground-breaking and important investigative reporting in newspapers and now at InvestigateWest. My you and InvestigateWest continue to shine the light for many years to come.

  • Lise Olsen says:

    I had the great good fortune to work with Robert in the pre-Post Seattle PI world. His dedication, drive and energy have always been inspiring to me. this honor is well-deserved – and the NW is lucky to have Robert.

  • Robert McClure says:

    Lise, Don, Jill, David, Valerie, and Beth: Thanks to all of you for your completely overgenerous words. I am extremely happy to have enjoyed the fellowship I have shared with each of you — it’s an inspiration to know that you folks have got my back. I am honored to be associated with each of you.

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