Assignments & Commissions


Crosscut: “A Skagit Valley attack brings WA hate crime laws into question

“Months after a brutal attack on a Mexican American teenager about an hour north of Seattle, Latino advocates are demanding the assault be charged as a hate crime.”

Story: Lilly Fowler 
Photo Editor: Shaminder Dulai

Cristina Martinez for The New York Times: “Seeing Ourselves in Bloom” 

“Like many other artists, Ms. Martinez has met the coronavirus pandemic and waves of social unrest this year as best she knows how: by taking all the vulnerability the moment has exposed and putting it on canvas. And she has a very specific goal: to illuminate the experience of hyphenated American womanhood.” 

Story: Sandra E. Garcia
Photo Editor: Eve Lyons 

TIME: “Society Is Paying the Price for America's Outdated Police Training Methods”

“No one is regulating police training on a national level. There are no federal minimum requirements for the amount of time cadets spend training to become police officers or for what they must study, and no national system for licensing officers. Though Rhode Island requires 22 weeks of basic law-enforcement training, Georgia requires a minimum of 11— while a barber needs 1,500 hours of training, or more than 37 workweeks, to even qualify to take the licensing exam in the same state. Hawaii has no training standards or minimum qualifications for police officers. Many states allow 18-year-olds to become police officers. Most do not require implicit-bias or de-escalation training. In some states, it’s possible to join a police department and go out on patrol, armed with a gun and a badge, before finishing at a police academy or even enrolling in one.”

Story: Alana Semuels 
Photo Editor: Kara Milstein

The Washington Post: “How the Swinomish Tribe has Pioneered the Fight Against Climate Change” 

“After a brutal storm in 2006, the Swinomish tribe off the coast of Washington state launched a strategy to deal with the effects of a warming planet. Now, 50 other native tribes have followed suit.”

Story: Jim Morrison
Photo Editor: Olivier Laurent

The New York Times: “From 2 Artists, 2 Ways to Tell Stories of Black America

Story: Ted Loos
Photo Editor: Eve Lyons

Katherine Hansen for The New York Times: “Many Who Recovered Still Haven’t Regained Their Sense of Smell”

Story: Roni Caryn Rabin
Photo Editor: Matt McCann 

The Washington Post: “24 hours in the life of American workers

Photographed 22-year-old Aushenae Matthews, who manages a shelter for domestic violence survivors in South King County, Washington. 

Story: Kristen Millares Young
Photo Editor: Nick Kirkpatrick

The New York Times Magazine: “The Scramble to Pluck 24 Billion Cherries in Eight Weeks” 

“In March, when the United States began to lock down to slow the spread of the new virus, some workers noticed a change in how the government talked about them. As leaders planned for closures, it became clear that many of the lowest-paid and least-respected jobs in America were, in fact, the most important: the ones that could not be paused or interrupted or bypassed if society was to keep functioning. You could not, as Knutson put it, simply close the door to a farm for a month and then reopen it. People who had regularly been called illegal suddenly found themselves rebranded as essential.”

In “The Scramble to Pluck 24 Billion Cherries in Eight Weeks,” reporter Brooke Jarvis writes about how the pandemic has exposed the problems within our food system. Read more or listen to the piece at

Story: Brooke Jarvis
Photo Editor: Kristen Geisler

Sara-Jayne Terp for WIRED: “One Data Scientist’s Quest to Quash Misinformation”

“Sara-Jayne Terp uses the tools of cybersecurity to track false claims like they’re malware. Her goal: Stop dangerous lies from hacking our beliefs.”

Story: Sonner Kehrt 
Photo Editor: Lauren Joseph

The California Sunday Magazine: “What Happened in Room 10?”

“From their beds, Helen and Twilla could hear nurses running down the hallway. The sound was conspicuous because people don’t usually run inside nursing homes.”

Reporter Katie Engelhart investigates the history of America’s nursing homes and the impact of COVID at the Life Care Center of Kirkland, WA — the site of the country’s first nursing home outbreak. 

Story: Katie Englehart
Photo Editors: Paloma Shutes, Jacqueline Bates

STAT News: “A reckoning for health care professionals: Should they be activists, too?

Coverage of the “Healthcare Workers for Justice March” in Seattle, for a STAT News piece by Ruth Hailu. 

“‘The idea, I think mistakenly so, was that there isn’t bias that exists in medicine. It’s a neutral playing field,’ said Estell Williams, a surgeon at the University of Washington and one of the organizers of the march in Seattle. ‘People are just now understanding or coming to terms with the fact that, you know, that isn’t the case.’”

Story: Ruth Hailu
Photo Editor: Crystal Milner 

The Marshall Project: “This City Stopped Sending Police to Every 911 Call” 

“In Olympia, Washington, unarmed ‘crisis responders,’ wearing no uniforms, are being dispatched by 911 to de-escalate some conflicts and connect people with services.”

Story: Christie Thompson 
Photo Editor: Celina Fang

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