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

Annica Holder is an administrative assistant at InvestigateWest. Her academic background is in Japanese language and culture, and she started her nonprofit career in Seattle interning for the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington in 2013. She currently works part-time for the Shambhala Meditation Center of Seattle as the facilities manager and volunteer coordinator. Her work for InvestigateWest includes marketing, research, story production, donor tracking and development.


Contributing Writers

Allegra Abramo is a freelance writer based in Seattle. Her work for InvestigateWest includes the 2016 statehouse reporting project and ongoing reporting on Washington’s foster care system. You can reach her at

Rebecca Clarren is a journalist based in Portland, Oregon. Her journalism, for which she has won the Hillman Prize, an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, and nine grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, has appeared in such publications as MotherJones, High Country News, The Nation, and Her first novel, Kickdown (Sky Horse Press, 2018), was shortlisted for the PEN/Bellwether Prize.


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
Don Smith, Retired, Treasurer
Brant Houston, Knight Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting, University of Illinois, Secretary
Mike Green, co-founder of ScaleUp Partners, LLC
Berit Anderson, CEO and co-founder, Scout Holdings

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