Les Blumenthal retired from McClatchy in January 2011.
Blumenthal, who wrote for McClatchy's Washington state newspapers, had been a working journalist in Washington, D.C., for 19 years, first as the original Northwest regional writer for The Associated Press and since 1990 for the McClatchy Washington Bureau. He concentrated on issues involving the Pacific Northwest for The (Tacoma) News Tribune, the Tri-City Herald, The Olympian and The Bellingham Herald.
He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1971 and began his career with The Spokesman-Review in Spokane. He then worked for the AP in Seattle, where he directed the bureau's coverage of the 1980 eruptions of Mount St. Helens, and in Springfield, Ill., where he was AP's chief political correspondent in Illinois.
In Washington, he covered trade issues throughout Asia, wrote about such major environmental issues as the spotted owl and old-growth forests, and traveled on three presidential campaigns. He is married with two sons, one working on Capitol Hill and the other serving in the Peace Corps in Cape Verde.