Robert McClure is co-founder and executive director of InvestigateWest. At the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Robert exposed a major weakness in the Endangered Species Act and deficiencies in Puget Sound restoration efforts. His reporting on hard-rock mining won the John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism. A longtime former board member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, he currently serves as chairman of the editorial board of SEJournal, the group’s quarterly publication. Seattle Magazine in 2013 chose him as one of Seattle’s “most influential” people.



Lee van der Voo is managing director of InvestigateWest and a staff reporter in Portland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Atlantic, and been supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism, Fund for Environmental Journalism, and an Investigative Reporters and Editors Freelance Fellowship. She was a 2013 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow and is the author of The Fish Market (St. Martin’s Press), honored as a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. In addition to receiving national awards for her work from Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists, Lee received special recognition for Oregon’s top reporting prize – the Bruce Baer Award – three times in five years. She can be reached at


Adiel Kaplan is InvestigateWest’s statehouse news reporter for the 2017 session of the Washington Legislature. She is attending the graduate school of journalism at Columbia University in New York. She can be reached at


Documentary and feature photography is shot by Leah Nash, Mike Kane, and Paul Joseph Brown.

Contributors and Alumni

Ashley Stewart – Christopher Dunagan – Ben DeJarnette – James Gordon – Lael Henterly – Allegra Abramo – Kate Martin – Olivia Henry – Claudia Rowe – Will Graff – Stephanie Schendel – Carol Smith – Rita Hibbard

Board of Directors

Kristen Millares Young, Journalist and Author, President
Mike Green, co-founder of ScaleUp Partners, LLC
Brant Houston, Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting, University of Illinois, Secretary
Randy Robinson, Retired, Treasurer
Don Smith, Retired

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