Naomi Ishisaka is the Assistant Managing Editor for Diversity and Inclusion and the Social Justice Columnist for The Seattle Times. She is a journalist and photographer who focuses on racial equity and social justice. Her writing and photography have appeared in The Seattle Times, Seattle Magazine, City Arts, ColorsNW Magazine, Seattle Globalist, South Seattle Emerald and other publications. Ishisaka served for eight years as the Editor in Chief of the award-winning ColorsNW Magazine, a monthly magazine focusing on communities of color in the Northwest. In 2020, she was awarded first place in the Best in the West competition for Special Topics Column Writing for her work in The Seattle Times and in 2021 she won second place for social justice columns from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

Articles, Publications, and Appearances

All stories can be found in Naomi’s Portfolio.

Selected stories and columns:
The Seattle Times – A1 Centerpiece: “A1 Revisited: The Seattle Times’ coverage of the 1942 removal of 227 Bainbridge residents left a harmful legacy” 
The Seattle Times – “Why it’s time to retire the term ‘Asian Pacific Islander’” 
The Seattle Times – A1 Centerpiece: “How a history of racism, police brutality and a pandemic led to an ‘extraordinary moment’” 
The Seattle Times – “The hidden stories that give rise to violence against Asian American women” 
Seattle Magazine / Crosscut – “An epic battle against gentrification” 

Selected Media Appearances