Blanca Torres

Seattle, Wa

Hello! I'm a newspaper journalist writing for the Opinion page of the Seattle Times. I became a journalist because I love to write and ask questions. I feel fortunate to work in a job that pays me to be nosy. I spent most of my career reporting on business topics such as workplace, retail, consumer issues and real estate. I moved to Seattle in fall of 2014 after living in the Bay Area for nine years during which I wrote for the Contra Costa Times and the San Francisco Business Times.

As an opinion writer, my job is to seek solutions, provide context and question authority. I am part of the editorial board, which decides the newspaper's position on issues and I also write columns based on my own views. Some of my favorite topics include education, housing development, immigration reform and cultural issues.

I'm a native of eastern Washington and proud Latina of Mexican descent. I left home to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., where I learned the meaning of culture shock. Let's just say I arrived on campus in the fall of 1999, discovered there were no recycling bins and panicked. I hope that by now they are composting.

Besides journalism, I also write fiction and creative nonfiction and am working on a novel about my mother's childhood in Mexico. I earned an MFA in fiction from Mills College in Oakland, where I meant some really amazing writers. A few classmates and I formed Sunday Stories, a writers' group that puts on a reading series in the Bay Area called "Brown People Don't Read?" Our goal is to challenge the status quo of the literary world to cater to people who are not brown.

I am a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and served on the national board as financial officer from 2012 to 2014. I'm also an alumna of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc.

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  • Work
    • Seattle Times
  • Education
    • Vanderbilt University
    • Mills College