Mark N. Trahant is editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where he directs a staff of writers, editors, and a cartoonist. He also writes a weekly Sunday column distributed nationally. He has been chairman and chief executive officer at the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, a nonprofit that is the country's premier institute for providing advanced training and services to help news media reflect diversity in content, staffing, and business operations.
Trahant is a member of Idaho's Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and former president of the Native American Journalists Association. He is a former columnist at The Seattle Times and has been publisher of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News in Moscow, Idaho. He was also executive news editor of The Salt Lake Tribune, a reporter at The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, and has worked at several tribal newspapers. He serves as a trustee of The Freedom Forum, a foundation that promotes free press, free speech, and free spirit.
He has won numerous journalism awards and was a finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting as co-author of a series on federal Indian policy. He was also a juror for the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 and 2005.
Trahant is the author of Pictures of Our Nobler Selves, a history of American Indian contributions to journalism. He is also the author of "The Whole Salmon,” commissioned by Idaho’s Sun Valley Center for the Arts. His most recent book, Lewis & Clark Through Indian Eyes, is an anthology edited by the late Alvin Josephy, Jr.
Trahant is married to LeNora Begay Trahant and they have two boys, Marvin and Elias. They live on Bainbridge Island in Washington state.