InvestigateWest is excited to announce the addition of a new full-time investigative reporter with an impressive background uncovering impactful stories, both across the country and in the Northwest. 

Kelsey Turner, who grew up in New Jersey, most recently covered homelessness and affordable housing for The Columbian in Vancouver, Washington. Her work there identified gaps in the state foster care system and examined how stalling federal benefits led to evictions for people with disabilities. For The Chicago Reader, Turner took a critical look at police training for mental health emergencies, and at Native News Online, she dug into the fight for justice for missing and murdered Indigenous people. 

“We’re thrilled to welcome Kelsey to our team,” said InvestigateWest’s news and investigations editor Wilson Criscione. “Her desire to dig into the most important, sensitive topics and her knack for investigative journalism jumped out at us. We can’t wait to see the excellent work she’ll produce for InvestigateWest.” 

InvestigateWest is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to investigative journalism for the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 2009, the Seattle-based newsroom covers a range of topics including public health, the environment, youth, racial justice, voting and government accountability. Over the years, its reporting has prompted reforms and more than a half dozen different state laws protecting the environment, workers and foster children.

Turner will be reporting from Western Washington. You can reach her at