My name is Todd Matthews, and I am a Seattle-based writer, editor, and journalist whose work has appeared in 425, 425 Business, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, City Arts, Encore Media Group, HistoryLink, Real Change, Seattle, Seattle Business, South Sound, South Sound Business, Tacoma Daily Index, Washington CEO, Washington Law & Politics, and other publications over the past 25 years.
A graduate of the University of Washington (2005), I have earned four awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (2001, 2003, and 2008), an award for Outstanding Achievement in Media from the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (2007), and an editorial excellence award from The Alliance of Area Business Publishers (2020).
I am the author of three nonfiction books — Elmer Ogawa: After hours with Seattle's forgotten photographer (2015), A Reporter At Large: A decade of Tacoma interviews, feature articles, and photographs (2014), and Wah Mee (2011) — and I have been interviewed by media outlets such as KIRO Radio, Mercer Island Reporter, Oxygen Media, Seattle Weekly, The North American Post, and the Travel Channel to discuss my work. In 2018, I wrote a feature article about the Costco CEO's odd connection to the company's $1.50 hot dog combo; the piece went viral after Food & Wine, FORTUNE, NBC's TODAY show, People, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, USA Today, and other national media picked up the story.
In addition, my portfolio of services includes content editing, copywriting, fact-checking, ghostwriting, researching, and scriptwriting for a variety of businesses, including Macha Theatre Works, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Modernist Bread, Modernist Pizza, SaltWorks, Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, and others. Also, I earned a certificate in grantwriting from Seattle Central College (2020).
My résumé is available here. If you would like to discuss any paid freelance writing, editing, and journalism opportunities, I can be reached via email here.