John R. de Leon is a Metro Editor at The Seattle Times.
John started his career in 1979 as a Staff reporter at Southern California Publishing Co. In 1980 he became a Staff reporter at Fremont Tribune. From 1981 to 1988 he was a Reporter/Bureau chief of San Bernardino County Sun. In 1988-1990, Leon served as an Assistant Metro Editor at The Fresno Bee. In 1991 he joined The Seattle Times as an Assistant Metro Editor. From 2018 and until now, John has been a Metro Editor at The Seattle Times.
John won two Pulitzer Prizes for breaking news:
2015: For coverage of devastating March 2014 Oso mudslide, the deadliest in U.S. history.
2010: For coverage of the slayings of four Lakewood, WA police officers in November 2009. Coverage also received a special citation from the Joan shorenstein center on the press, politics and public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
His stories are also recognized by Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Excellence in Journalism and honored with C.B. Blethen Awards for Distinguished Newspaper Reporting. April 20, 2010, proclaimed "John de Leon Day" in Snohomish County by County executive in honor of work done on Pulitzer Prize-winning breaking news coverage.