Peg Achterman is an Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism at Seattle Pacific University where she also advises The Falcon – SPU’s Independent Student Newspaper. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Washington following a 20+ year career in broadcasting – much of it at KING Television in Seattle where she was a news photographer and editor. The highlights of her photojournalism career included regional National Press Photographer Association awards and service as a national judge for the NPPA POY and SOY competitions. Between her photojournalism career and her return to campus, she worked as a software instructor and developer for Grass Valley, traveling the Americas, Europe and the Middle East teaching newsroom employees the joys of non-linear editing and digital workflow.
Megan Campbell is a Seattle-based freelance journalist who has spent the last seven years building a career in the Evergreen State. She mostly recently worked as the health care and retail reporter for the Puget Sound Business Journal. Prior to her time there, she spent about four years working at Sound Publishing, most recently at the Daily Herald in Everett. Her beats as a freelance reporter include business, retail, restaurants, and climate change.
She graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s in new media communications and a minor in writing in 2014. While at OSU, she managed an award-winning news team at the student-run newspaper, The Daily Barometer.
After graduating, she was stationed at a daily print publication in Roseburg, Oregon, as a Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism intern before moving to Seattle that fall.
Meghan McLaughlin is a Seattle-based freelance journalist. She writes in business and education beats for Northshore News, a startup weekly serving northeast King and south Snohomish counties. She is the lead writer and editor of Northeast Seattle Living, a local monthly magazine in the neighborhood she grew up in. Meghan also contributes to Mill Creek Magazine and Seattle Refined. She likes to try her hand at a variety of topics but especially loves getting to know people through profile pieces. Meghan graduated from Santa Clara University with degrees in communication with an emphasis in journalism and political science. While studying in Paris for a quarter, Meghan was a correspondent for her study abroad program. She was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper and contributed to Editor & Publisher magazine. In her spare time, Meghan volunteers for her former high school newspaper as a mentor. She’s an avid reader and an inconsistent runner but spends most of her time surrounded by good company.
Madison Miller is an assistant editor at 425, 425 Business, South Sound, and South Sound Business magazines.
Madison knew she wanted to be a journalist ever since she was assigned the editor position of her fourth grade class’s student newsletter. Her passion for storytelling led her to pursue internships at local Eastside newspapers, and eventually lead Northwest University’s online magazine.
Madison spent two years telling Eastside-oriented arts and education stories for seven Eastside newspapers, including the Kirkland Reporter, Bellevue Reporter, Issaquah Reporter, and Seattle Weekly. She also served as a co-adviser at her alma mater’s online magazine.
In her spare time, Madison can be found thrift shopping, perusing music stores, swing dancing at local ballrooms, and silently judging people who say “gesundheit” to a sneeze that did not occur in a German-speaking country.
Taylor Mirfendereski is a special projects reporter at KING 5 in Seattle, focusing on digital storytelling. She uses video, photos, text, graphics, and emerging digital tools to produce multimedia stories that take a deep dive into complex issues – from the nationwide heroin crisis to the sex trafficking of American women and children.
Prior to moving to the West Coast, Mirfendereski was a digital reporter at WCPO in Cincinnati, where she covered public safety and justice. In 2014, she embedded with the U.S. military in Afghanistan to produce a special report about the military medical teams who treat the country’s most severely wounded soldiers.
Mirfendereski is a longtime SPJ member, who served two terms on the group’s National Board of Directors. She also led the SPJ Digital community and was the president of Ohio University’s SPJ chapter.
Olivia Vanni is a staff photographer at the Everett Herald where she covers assignments in and around Snohomish County. She is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism and was the Multimedia Editor of the student paper, the Montana Kaimin. Olivia previously worked as an intern at the Victoria Advocate and Naples Daily News, where she covered Hurricane Harvey and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Having grown up in Seattle, Olivia enjoys covering the Seahawks, Mariners, and Storm, and appreciates assignments that get her outside to explore new areas of the Pacific Northwest. In her spare time, you’ll more than likely find her eating her way through the food options at T-Mobile Park or enjoying live music.