A Song of Shadow and Light

“The Tacoma Refugee Choir formed to reach out to the most vulnerable. Its founder didn’t anticipate its impact on her—or her city.”

Source: Seattle Met
Published: May 28, 2019
Length: 16 minutes (4,086 words)

Where on Earth Is Sam Sayers?

After summiting Washington state’s Vesper Peak on a day hike in August 2018, Sam Sayers disappeared. At Seattle Met, Allison Williams reports on the conspiracy and true-crime enthusiasts, the social media frenzy, and the desperate search for a woman who hasn’t been seen since.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Apr 23, 2019
Length: 20 minutes (5,235 words)

The Sainthood of Dave Matthews Has Been Indefinitely Postponed

“When I tell Seattle music critic Charles R. Cross that I’m writing about the Dave Matthews Band, he immediately quips, ‘Why? Did you lose a bet with your editor?’”

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Nov 27, 2018
Length: 15 minutes (3,805 words)

A Rumor in Madrona

Before Info Wars or Pizzagate, a right-wing conspiracy theory led to the murder of a prominent Seattle lawyer.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Oct 23, 2018
Length: 23 minutes (5,980 words)

The Russian Spies Who Fooled Seattle

Before Russian espionage became part of our daily news diet, Russia was already working to infiltrate American politics and life, and few Americans noticed that its undercover agents lived among us.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Oct 30, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,291 words)

The Great Divide: Growing up in Rural Washington as a Muslim Immigrant

“Through the years, I stopped feeling pressured to either be less Japanese or more Japanese, and decided just to be. It became easier when I found someone who helped me remain intact.” Hayat Norimine describes what it was like to grow up as an only child in a Japanese-Syrian household in Pullman, a town in the Palouse region of Washington State.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Aug 17, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,679 words)

The Secret Life of Urban Crows

On the surprising social arrangements and habits of crows, who recognize and remember individual people and hold funerals to honor their dead — a phenomenon that is helping scientists like Kaeli Swift to understand how intelligent creatures process death. Feed a crow and she will gift you with keys and candy — tokens of her appreciation. Treat her poorly and she and her corvid compatriots may mob you on sight.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: May 17, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,280 words)

After the Fall: The Tunnel Creek Avalanche, Five Years Later

Eva Holland talks to the survivors and explores the aftermath of the Tunnel Creek avalanche — the tragedy that inspired “Snow Fall” — five years after a massive snow slide claimed the lives of three men.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Feb 13, 2017
Length: 15 minutes (3,887 words)

The Other Sister

A moving personal essay by Ciara O’Rourke about preparing for a future in which she is the primary caregiver for her sister, who is living with autism.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Oct 27, 2016
Length: 16 minutes (4,127 words)

Katie Rose on Top of the World

20 years after her father, climbing legend Scott Fischer, died on Everest — a tragedy chronicled in Into Thin Air — Katie Rose Fischer-Price traveled back.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Aug 30, 2016
Length: 15 minutes (3,958 words)