Final Days of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

I wrote a short piece last week about one reporter’s take on the final days of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, which ceased publication in March. The piece was based on an article from

In a new article on, former Seattle Post-Intelligencer reporter Joseph Tartakoff remembers the uncertainty of the days of the newspaper and the tension that built as some employees were asked to stay on for the Web-only operation.

Tartakoff describes the empty boxes, recycling containers and shredding bins that started arriving in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newsroom on March 10. An all-staff picture had been taken, news budgets were nearly bare and a final, commemorative issue was about to go to press.