An Evening with Dean Baquet & Jim Rainey

Todd Heisler

An Evening with Dean Baquet & Jim Rainey

Past Event: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

At Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

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Dean Baquet, the executive editor of the New York Times, will be in conversation with award-winning former Los Angeles Times media reporter Jim Rainey and hometown hero Timothy Egan about the importance of investigative journalism and the path forward for media in this political era.

Please note: We are so sorry to let you know that Marty Baron, who was originally scheduled to appear alongside Dean Baquet, has had to cancel his appearance due to health reasons. Dean and Timothy are very excited, however, to announce that journalist Jim Rainey will instead be making an appearance.

If you are a ticket holder and would like a refund, please contact or call 206-621-2230 x10.

Dean Baquet is executive editor of the New York Times, a position he assumed in May 2014. He serves in the highest ranked position in the Times’s newsroom and oversees the New York Times news report in all its various forms.

Before being named executive editor, Baquet was managing editor of the Times. He previously served as Washington bureau chief for the paper from March 2007 to September 2011. Baquet rejoined the Times after several years at the Los Angeles Times, where he was editor of the newspaper since 2005, after serving as managing editor since 2000.

Previously, Baquet had been National editor of the New York Times since July 1995, after having served as deputy Metro editor since May 1995. Baquet joined the Times in April 1990 as a Metro reporter. In May 1992, he became special projects editor for the business desk, and in January 1994, he held the same title, but operated out of the executive editor’s office.

Before joining the Times, Baquet reported for the Chicago Tribune from December 1984 to March 1990, and before that, for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans for nearly seven years. While at the Chicago Tribune, Baquet served as associate Metro editor for investigations and was chief investigative reporter, covering corruption in politics and the garbage-hauling industry.

He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in March 1988 when he led a team of three in documenting corruption in the Chicago City Council, and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 in the investigative reporting category. Baquet has also received numerous local and regional awards.


Jim Rainey has been a professional journalist for more than three decades, covering government, politics, media, the environment, and a host of other issues.

After spending most of his career at the Los Angeles Times, he came to, the digital outlet of NBC, in March of 2017. His main focus has been climate change and the environment.

Jim won past awards for his stories about emotionally disturbed teens, Shoshone Indian land claims, the abuse of prisoners at California Youth Authority prisons and for “On the Media,” the twice-weekly column he wrote at the Los Angeles Times. He was part of Los Angeles Times teams that won three Pulitzer Prizes for breaking news—for coverage of the Los Angeles riots,  Southern California wildfires and the 1997 North Hollywood bank robbery shootout.

Jim spent most of his career at the Times, where he covered parts of five presidential campaigns and helped launch the Politics Now blog in 2012. He spent a month in Iraq in 2006, following the media, the U.S. military and the formation of Iraq’s first substantial “post-war” government.

Along the way, he covered five mayors of Los Angeles, a handful of governors, multiple disasters, a cult mass suicide, the O.J. Simpson murder case and much more. He served as Urban Affairs Editor and State Editor for the Los Angeles Times and was appointed media writer by then Los Angeles Times Managing Editor Dean Baquet.

His journalism career began at UC Berkeley, where he was Sports Editor of the Daily Californian and witnessed the greatest moment in college football history, “The Play.” He is a frequent guest on radio and television, speaking about the media, politics and other issues.


Timothy Egan is the author of seven books. His nonfiction account of the Dust Bowl, The Worst Hard Time (2006), won the 2006 National Book Award, and he was featured prominently in the 2012 Ken Burns film on the Dust Bowl.

A lifelong journalist, Egan now writes an online opinion column for the New York Times. Prior to that, he worked as a national correspondent for the Times, roaming the West. As a Times correspondent, he shared a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 with a team of reporters for its series, “How Race is Lived in America.”

A graduate of the University of Washington, Egan also holds honorary doctorates from Whitman College, Willamette University, Lewis and Clark College, and Western Washington University. A third-generation Westerner and father of two, Mr. Egan lives in Seattle, which honored him once with the Keys to the City.

Event Details

Benaroya Hall — S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium

200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

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Transportation & Parking

This event will be held in the S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium, the largest event space at Benaroya Hall. 

Benaroya Hall is located at 200 University Street, directly across Second Avenue from the Seattle Art Museum. The public entrance to Benaroya Hall is along Third Avenue.

By Car

  • From Southbound I-5
    Take the Union Street exit (#165B). Continue onto Union Street and proceed approximately five blocks to Second Avenue. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound I-5
    Exit left onto Seneca Street (exit #165). Proceed two blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.
  • From Northbound I-5 via Westbound I-90
    Take the 2C exit for I-5 North. Follow signs for Madison Street/Convention Place and merge right onto Seventh Avenue. Turn left onto Madison Street. Proceed three blocks and turn right onto Fourth Avenue. Continue four blocks. Turn left onto Union Street. Continue two blocks. Turn left onto Second Avenue. The Benaroya Hall parking garage will be on your immediate left. The garage entrance is on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street.

By Public Transit (Bus & Light Rail)
Benaroya Hall is served by numerous bus routes. Digital reader boards along Third Avenue display real-time bus arrival information. For details and trip planning tools, call Metro Rider Information at 206.553.3000 (voice) or 206.684.1739 (TDD), or visit Metro online. The Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel, served by light rail, has a stop just below the Hall (University Street Station).

The 430-car underground garage at Benaroya Hall provides direct access from the enclosed parking area into the Hall via elevators leading to The Boeing Company Gallery. Enter the garage on Second Avenue, just south of Union Street. Maximum vehicle height is 6’8″. Blink charging stations are available for electric vehicles. The event rate is $16.

Parking is also available at:

  • The Cobb Building (enter on University Street between Third and Fourth avenues).
  • The Russell Investments Center (enter on Union Street between First and Second avenues).
  • There are many other garages within a one-block radius of Benaroya Hall, along with numerous on-street parking options.


Open Captioning is an option for people who have hearing loss, where a captioning screen displaying the words that are spoken or sung is placed on stage. This option is present at every event at Benaroya Hall in our 2019/20 Season. For digital streams of online events, all pre-recorded and live online events will have either open or closed captioning.

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are devices that people with hearing loss use in conjunction with their hearing device (hearing aids or cochlear implants). Benaroya Hall has an infrared hearing system, which transmits sound by light beams. Headsets are available in The Boeing Company Gallery coat check and the Head Usher stations in both lobbies.

Sign Language Interpretation is available upon request for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing individuals. To make a request for interpretation, please contact us at or 206.621.2230×10, or select “Sign Language Interpretation” from the Accessibility section during your ticket checkout process and we will contact you to confirm details. Please note: we appreciate a two-week advance notice to allow us time to secure interpretation.

Wheelchair Accessible Seating and Accessible Restrooms are available in all sections at our venues, and our venues are fully accessible to ticket holders with physical mobility concerns. Among other features, Benaroya Hall has designated parking spaces adjacent to elevators in their parking garage. Elevators with Braille signage go to all levels within the Hall. To reserve seating for a specific mobility concern, you may select “Wheelchair Accessible or Alternative Seating Options” during ticket checkout, and we will contact you to confirm details. For more details on their accessibility features, click here.

Guide and service dogs are welcome.

Gender neutral restrooms are available.

We are pleased to offer these accessibility services at our venues, and they are provided at no additional cost to ticket holders. Please contact us with any questions and feedback about how we can be more accessible and inclusive. Our Patron Services Manager is available at, or Monday-Friday from 10:00am – 5:00pm at 206.621.2230×10.

For more accessibility information, please head to If you would like to make accessibility arrangements you do not see listed here, please contact our box office or select “Other Accommodations” from the Accessibility section during your ticket checkout process, and we will contact you to confirm details.