AAJA Mourns the Loss of Journalist Alex Tizon


SAN FRANCISCO – The Asian American Journalists Association is saddened by the death of journalist Alex Tizon.

Tizon, a journalist and University of Oregon professor who won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting while at The Seattle Times, died on Thursday at the age of 57.

Tizon was one of three Seattle Times reporters to win the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, for stories that exposed widespread corruption and inequalities in the federally sponsored housing program for Native Americans. The series inspired reforms to the program.

“Alex was gracious and kind, hanging with the rest of us at chapter events,” said Lori Matsukawa, KING TV anchor and founding member of AAJA-Seattle. “But as a reporter, he was like a dog with a bone. He wouldn’t let go until he got the story he was after. He also took pride in carrying on the legacy of Filipino American journalists and activists in the Pacific Northwest. We all learned what was important to the Filipino American community through Alex.”

Born in the Philippines, Tizon immigrated to Seattle with his family when he was 5 years old and bounced around the country before he settled back in Washington State.

He spent 17 years at The Seattle Times before becoming the Seattle bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times from 2003 to 2008. He also contributed to publications like Newsweek and programs such as “60 Minutes.” In 2014, Tizon published a memoir, “Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self,” about the challenges of being an Asian-American man in the United States.

AAJA extends its condolences to his family and friends.


Kathy Chow, Executive Director, Asian American Journalists Association, 415-346-2051 ext. 106, kathyc@aaja.org

AAJA would like to personally thank everyone who has made a donation in memory of Alex Tizon:

  • The Atlantic Monthly
  • William Brennan
  • Robert & Carolyn Burnham
  • Marybeth Dagg
  • Ornest & Natalie Holubec
  • Nancy & Rod Hochman
  • Chris Kobayashi
  • Daniel Lieberman
  • Myah McIntosh
  • Milliman
  • Laraine Song-Treadgold
  • Vincent Stricherz
  • Michael Tardiff
  • Thomas & Lisa Tangen
  • Amy Turner
  • Gary Walker
  • Miyo Wolf