Todd Matthews

Todd Matthews is a journalist who has worked for a variety of newspapers and magazines in the Pacific Northwest.

As a freelance writer for Seattle magazine, he received third-place honors (2007) from the Society of Professional Journalists for his feature article about the University of Washington's Innocence Project and its work in helping to exonerate a Yakima man through DNA testing after he spent 10 years in prison, and first-place honors (2007) for his feature article about Seattle's bike messengers. As a freelance writer at Washington Law & Politics magazine, he received third-place honors (2001) from the Society of Professional Journalists for his prison interview with Prison Legal News founder Paul Wright, and second-place honors (2003) for his article about whistle-blowers in Washington State.

As the editor of the Tacoma Daily Index, he received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Media from the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation in 2007 for his work covering historic preservation in Tacoma and Pierce County. The e-book A Reporter At Large: A Decade of Tacoma Interviews, Feature Articles, and Photographs was published in 2014 and is a collection of Matthews' journalism that appeared in the newspaper over a 10-year period.

His work has also appeared in 425, 425 Business, All About Jazz, Asian Focus, City Arts Tacoma, Earshot Jazz, Homeland Security Today, Jazz Steps, Journal of the San Juans, Lynnwood-Mountlake Terrace Enterprise, Prison Legal News, Rain Taxi, Real Change, Seattle Business Monthly, South Sound, Tablet, Washington CEO, and Washington Free Press.

Matthews is presently a senior writer at 425 Business magazine.

He is also a graduate of the University of Washington and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications.

E-mail todd (at) wahmee (dot) com

Here is a collection of his journalism:


425 Business

-- Wil Miller's Closing Argument (WEB)

-- Teed Up For Philanthropy: Scott Oki (WEB)

-- All Fun and Games (WEB)

-- A Merry Menu (WEB)

-- Price of Progress (WEB)

-- A River Runs Through It (WEB)

-- Behind the Wheels (WEB)

-- Curtain Call: An interview with SecondStory Rep Executive Director Mark Chenovick (WEB)

-- Up Through The Ranks: An interview with Seattle Seahawks COO Chuck Arnold (WEB)

-- The Nordstrom Family Brand (WEB)

-- Peace of Mind: Local employers and business leaders are improving their workforces by starting a dialogue about workplace mental health (WEB)

All About Jazz

-- Jazz Vocalist Greta Matassa (PDF)

City Arts Tacoma

-- KPLU-FM 88.5: Jazz Lives Here (PDF)

-- Tacoma playwright Rosalind Bell (PDF)

Earshot Jazz

-- Composer Gary McFarland (PDF)

-- Drummer Byron Vannoy (PDF)

-- Guitarist Nicholas Hoffman / cover story (PDF)

-- Jack Straw Foundation (PDF)

-- Journalist / Historian Paul de Barros (PDF)

-- Musicians Dave and Tom Marriott / cover story (PDF)

-- Organist Delvon Dumas (PDF)

-- Pianist Dave Peck / cover story (PDF)

-- Pianist Gust Burns / cover story (PDF)

-- Pianist Randy Halberstadt (PDF)

-- Pianist Victor Noriega (PDF)

-- Radio Host Abe Beeson (PDF)

-- Saxophonist Ben Roseth (PDF)

-- Saxophonist Greg Sinibaldi (PDF)

-- Saxophonist Hadley Caliman / cover story (PDF)

-- Saxophonist Skerik / cover story (PDF)

-- Saxophonist Tobi Stone / cover story (PDF)

-- Seattle Improvised Music Festival (PDF)

-- Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra (PDF)

-- Vibraphonist Susan Pascal / cover story (PDF)

-- Vocalist Gail Pettis / cover story (PDF)

-- Vocalist Greta Matassa (PDF)

Homeland Security Today

-- New technologies and innovations in Washington State (Web) / (PDF)

Prison Legal News

-- Brett Dignam, Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney at Yale Law School (PDF)

-- Donald Specter, Prison Law Office (PDF)

-- Elizabeth Alexander, ACLU National Prison Project (PDF)

-- Fred Cohen, Attorney and Federal Court Monitor (PDF)

-- John Boston, Prisoners' Rights Project (PDF)

-- John Midgley, Human Rights Attorney (PDF)

Rain Taxi

-- Book Review: Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer / The Beauty Supply District by Ben Katchor (Web)

Seattle Magazine

-- How Some Visionary Seattleites are Helping the Homeless (WEB)

-- Seattle Renters on Skyrocketing Housing Costs: "You May Love Seattle, But It May Not Love You" (WEB)

-- Capitol Hill Murders: One Year Later (PDF)

-- Cascade High School marching band (PDF)

-- Issues facing the Seattle Times and Seattle P-I as readership moves online (PDF)

-- Rising violence in Seattle nightclubs (PDF)

-- Seattle bike messengers (PDF)

-- Transportation activist Cary Moon (PDF)

-- Ultra-marathon runner Scott Jurek (PDF)

-- University of Washington climatologist Cliff Mass (PDF)

-- University of Washington Innocence Project (PDF)

-- Washington State smoking ban (PDF)

-- Wildlife encounters in urban Western Washington (PDF)

Seattle Business Monthly Magazine

-- 2008 Small-Business Guide / cover story (PDF)

-- An alternative energy entrepreneur (PDF)

-- Colliers International CEO Doug Frye (PDF)

-- Downtown Tacoma development (PDF)

-- Downtown Tacoma's commercial real estate scene (PDF)

-- Efforts to keep Russell Investments headquartered in downtown Tacoma (PDF)

-- Furniture designer Jeffrey Braun (PDF)

-- Ivar's CEO Bob Donegan / cover story (PDF)

-- Proposed renovations to the Tacoma Dome (PDF)

-- Seattle's Local Vine (PDF)

-- Wi-Fi in Pierce County (PDF)

Tacoma Daily Index

-- All Work, Now Play: After years of hard work and fund-raising, the Children's Museum of Tacoma is ready to have fun (PDF)

-- Citizens group turns its attention toward Port of Tacoma (PDF)

-- Inside Pacific Plaza: From blight to beauty, a $30 million downtown high-rise sets a new standard (PDF)

-- Outside Pacific Plaza: A garden grows high above downtown Tacoma (PDF)

-- A House in the City, A Home to Neighborhood History: One resident's connection to Tacoma's storied Wedge area (PDF)

-- Ahoy History Buffs! City's role in century-old shore leave focus of new Tacoma Historical Society exhibit (PDF)

-- Downtown's Lost Block: Archived photos show Pacific Avenue's erased history (PDF)

-- High Hopes for Historic Tacoma Skyscraper (PDF)

-- Luzon Unlocked (PDF)

-- Momentum continues for Spanish Steps rehabilitation (PDF)

-- New tenant, lobby renovation for downtown Washington Building (PDF)

-- Preserving Tacoma's Heritage Trees: A conversation with Marshall McClintock (PDF)

-- Putting History in the City's Future: An interview with Reuben McKnight (PDF)

-- Salvaging history in Tacoma's razed older buildings (PDF)

-- Saving Tacoma's Urban Areasrbor: Will the City create a register of historic trees? (PDF)

-- The Washington State Heritage Caucus (PDF)

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce

-- Chamber Vision / Tacoma's Environmental Business Alliance (PDF)

-- Chamber Vision / Tacoma's B & O Tax (PDF)

-- Chamber Vision / Tacoma's Creative Streak (PDF)

-- Chamber Vision / Clearing the Air (PDF)

-- Chamber Vision / Will 2010 Bring Economic Recovery? (PDF)

-- Chamber Vision / Creating a Landscape for Advocacy (PDF)

-- Chamber Vision / South Sound Vision 2029 (PDF)

-- Chamber Vision / Carol E. Milgard Breast Cancer Center (PDF)

-- Chamber Vision / Re-Writing the WASL (PDF)

-- Creative Tacoma: One Year Later (PDF)

Washington CEO

-- Profiles of independent toy stores in Washington State (PDF)

Washington Free Press

-- An interview with Prison Legal News editor Paul Wright (Web)

-- The Rise and Fall of Jon Mattox (Web)

Washington Law & Politics

-- King County drug court (PDF)

-- Washington State whistle-blowers (PDF)