The Shooting of John T. Williams, 10 Years Later

“A decade ago, Seattle police officer Ian Birk shot and killed a well-known Native woodcarver in the community — because he carried a pocketknife. Today, his older brother Rick Williams reflects on his unjust death.”

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Aug 26, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,887 words)

Coronavirus Pandemic Cripples Seattle Restaurant Industry, With More Than 50 Closures in 2 Weeks

This is life in one center of the US outbreak.

Author: Tan Vinh
Source: Seattle Met
Published: Mar 13, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,640 words)

The Octopus from Outer Space

James Ross Gardner explores the Pacific Northwest’s evolving relationship with the octopus and how they’ve gone from dangerous “devil-fish” bent on drowning unsuspecting sea goers to intensely curious, suction-cupped wonders. With nine brains — one in their head and one in each of their eight arms — octopuses are thought to be the most intelligent invertebrates on earth, capable of deep connection with humans.

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Dec 2, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,520 words)

In the Straits: The Story of the Inmate Turned Millionaire Turned Lone Survivor

“He was a convicted felon who found a niche in Seattle’s construction boom. As the region’s fortunes rose and fell—and rose again—so did his. Then a fatal boating accident came for Michael Powers’s fairy-tale ending.”

Source: Seattle Met
Published: Aug 19, 2019
Length: 27 minutes (6,840 words)

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)