Chetanya Robinson is a reporter and editor at the International Examiner newspaper in Seattle’s Chinatown International District, reporting on neighborhood and community issues including housing, activism, history, culture and small businesses. He is passionate about local, community journalism and its unique potential.
A graduate of University of Washington, he served on and helped revitalize the SPJ student chapter there. He has written for several Seattle-area publications and spent a summer interning for a newspaper in Sierra Leone. In his spare time he is an avid reader and enjoys photography, travel, and spending hours in museums.
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.
Ashley Hiruko, a Western Washington University graduate, is a journalist at KUOW Public Radio. She’s the winner of multiple WNPA awards and enjoys exploring the intricacies of the systems in power and inequalities that exist within them.
Her involvement with SPJ started with her college chapter, where she planned events and helped bring speakers before other student journalists to cultivate a growing community of aspiring writers and photographers.
As a professional, she’s focused her reporting on the diverse communities within the western side of our state. As a woman of Mexican and Japanese descent, Ashley is an advocate for supporting people of color in the field.
Michael Whitney is the editor of the Snohomish County Tribune weekly newspaper in Snohomish. He has reported on Snohomish, Monroe and Everett issues with the Tribune since 2008, covering everything from city government to schools to food banks to regional economic growth. He lives in Monroe with Stephanie and a laundry list of animals, including a flock of backyard chickens.
The Tribune is a rare, independently owned newspaper; its office is in downtown Snohomish and it commenced publication more than 125 years ago.
Josh Farley is the military affairs reporter at the Kitsap Sun in Bremerton. He created and anchors the Beat Blast, the Sun’s weekly news video, and the Story Walk, a monthly experience that takes readers to the people and places making the news. He also started the Bridging Bremerton festival, a daylong event that highlights history and culture in the city.
Farley previously covered city hall and criminal justice at the Sun, where he started in 2005. He’s a graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California, where he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, the Collegian.