KEN ARMSTRONG is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter at the Seattle Times, where he has written about illegally sealed court records and the MRSA pathogen’s unchecked rise, among other subjects. He previously worked at the Chicago Tribune, where he co-wrote an investigation of the death penalty that helped prompt the state’s governor to suspend executions and eventually to empty Death Row. Five inmates profiled in that series were later freed; they were either pardoned based on innocence or had the charges against them dropped. In 2012, Armstrong, with Seattle Times colleague Michael Berens, won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, for a series that exposed how more than 2,000 people in Washington had fatally overdosed on methadone, a cheap and unpredictable painkiller routinely prescribed for people in state-subsidized healthcare. In 2009 he received the John Chancellor Award from Columbia University for lifetime achievement. He has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and the McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton. In 2010 he shared in the Pulitzer for breaking news reporting, awarded to the staff of the Seattle Times for its coverage of the shooting deaths of four police officers. Before Chicago and Seattle, Armstrong worked at newspapers in Colorado, Idaho, California, New York, Alaska and Virginia. He now lives in Seattle with his wife, Ramona Hattendorf, and their two children, Emmett and Meghan.
NICK PERRY worked at the Seattle Times for nine years, from 2002 until 2011. In June 2011 he began a new assignment: Associated Press correspondent covering New Zealand and the South Pacific. He is based in Wellington, New Zealand. At the Seattle Times, Perry covered the higher-education beat for five years, writing about the gender gap in colleges, the huge debt burden shouldered by today’s students, and fraternity deaths, among other issues. A native of New Zealand, Perry grew up in a family steeped in newspaper tradition. His late grandfather, Dick Brittenden, was a renowned cricket writer who covered the sport for some 60 years. Perry began his career at the New Zealand Herald in 1998, covering health care and the changing face of Auckland in the buildup to the America’s Cup sailing race. He won a national Qantas Award for his work in 2000. That same year, he moved to Seattle with his American wife, Amy Beliveau, and began work at the Eastside Journal newspaper in Seattle’s eastern suburbs. He was hired by the Seattle Times in 2002. Perry has won the George Polk Award, the Michael Kelly Award and national honors for beat reporting from the Education Writers Association. In 2010, he shared in the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting, which was awarded to the staff of the Seattle Times for its coverage of the shooting deaths of four police officers. Perry was a 2011 Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. He and his wife Amy have two children, Henry and Lillie.