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About Paige Cornwell

Paige Cornwell is a reporter at The Seattle Times. 

Hired in 2014, she covered breaking news as a night reporter, and then was a beat reporter covering K-12 education. She now covers the Eastside and is a core member of the Seattle Times team reporting on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her focus is on aging adults, long-term care and caregiving, and she was the recipient of two aging-focused fellowships for her work.


She was a member of the Seattle Times reporting team that won the 2015 Pulitzer for breaking news for its coverage of the deadly landslide in Oso, Wash., that killed 43 people.

She is HEFAT certified and served as an adjunct professor for two Bethel University journalism classes that traveled to Kaithal, India in January 2020 and Antigua, Guatemala in 2022 to produce magazines focused on social justice issues. 

In 2020 she created and coordinated the Journalist Furlough Fund, which raised $100,000 for journalists financially impacted by the pandemic. 

She holds a Bachelor's of Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Washington. As a student, she interned at VICE, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Lincoln Journal Star, and was a reporting fellow at USA Today: College.


She grew up in Kansas City, Kan., but could see Missouri from her house. 


Seattle Times reporter Paige Cornwell at a news conference outside Life Care Center of Kirkland in March 2020. Grant Hindsley for The New York Times

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