Greg Lamm is a Seattle-based writer and journalist who specializes in the economy, technology, banking, finance and law. For 10 years, he worked at the Puget Sound Business Journal, where he was a staff writer and editor of the technology blog TechFlash.
Lamm started his writing and editing career full-time in 1983 at The Independent Florida Alligator, a student-run newspaper in Gainesville, Fla., while he earned a degree in political science at the University of Florida. His work as student-journalist included uncovering a secret university investigation of allegations of a gang rape at a fraternity house party. Lamm’s reporting sparked public protests and community debates about sexual assaults at the university and excessive campus drinking. Lamm’s coverage lead to university-wide reforms, including a ban on alcohol at fraternities and sororities.
While in college, Lamm spent a summer as an intern at the St. Petersburg Times, working as a crime reporter in the Pasco Bureau.
After graduating, he worked as a business and feature reporter at the Daily Commercial newspaper in Leesburg, Fla. There he won an Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Chairman’s Award from The New York Times Co. for enterprise reporting. Lamm uncovered a local developer’s cozy deal with elected officials that would have allow the developer to build a private marina and club in a public lakefront park.
In 1987, Lamm left to join the staff of The Tampa Tribune to write about environmental issues and politics. At the Tribune, Lamm broke the story about a major environmental disaster at a Tampa Bay phosphate plant. He also broke a story about rampant sexual abuse at a state-run detention center for boys with developmental issues.
After nearly five years at the Tribune, Lamm returned to the Daily Commercial as city editor, leading an 11-person reporting staff that won regional and national awards for coverage of the Gregory K custody case, a boating accident that killed two members of the Cleveland Indians baseball team and the abduction and murder of two small children in Eustis, Fla.
In 1995, Lamm moved to the Pacific Northwest to become city editor at the Skagit Valley Herald in Mount Vernon, Wash. He led a team of reporters who won Northwest journalism awards for environmental coverage and coverage of a deadly accident at a petroleum refinery. Lamm sat on the newspaper’s editorial board and served as interim editor for a year, before leaving to pursue a mid-career master’s degree at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at University of Maryland. Lamm taught college-level writing and reporting classes and studied computer-assisted reporting and political writing from top professors and journalists at The Washington Post, including David Broder.
After earning a master’s degree, Lamm returned to the Pacific Northwest. From 2004 to 2013 he was a staff writer at the Puget Sound Business Journal in Seattle. He won several prizes, including a 2011 national Sigma Delta Chi award for “Other People’s Money.” His series pulled back the curtain on Seattle financier Darren Berg, who was convicted of fraud and money laundering for orchestrating a Ponzi scheme that cost investors $140 million. Lamm also was editor and lead blogger for the Business Journal’s technology news website TechFlash. In 2013, Lamm left the Business Journal to pursue magazine and feature writing.
Lamm lives in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood with his family.