Foster Care: A System in Crises– a Town Hall Discussion

Dec. 6, 2016 7:30pm to 9:00pm; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Town Hall, Seattle (downstairs room), 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101

The event is free and open to the public.

Join KCTS 9, InvestigateWestCrosscutTown Hall Seattle and an expert panel for a  discussion of the fundamental problems within Washington State’s foster care system, as well as a look at some potential solutions.

Moderated by Town Hall Program Director and former KUOW reporter Katy Sewall, the panel of experts include; Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam CornellRepresentative Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle), former Department of Social and Health Services employee Dee Wilson and Foster Parents Association of Washington State Executive Director Mike Canfield. Join them as they discuss what the state can improve the system and what the Washington Legislature should do to implement needed changes.

Learn more about Washington State’s foster care crisis at

House Parties

Throughout the year, InvestigateWest hosts small gatherings in supporters’ homes to talk about stories and introduce more people to the work of InvestigateWest and the role of investigative journalism in our community.

The parties are a lot of fun — and easy for the host!

If you would like to host or attend or would like additional information about how these small gatherings can help in a big way to strengthen the community of people able to contribute energy and resources to guarantee that InvestigateWest will continue long into the future, please email Robert McClure at

Past Events

Truth Rocks! A Benefit Show Featuring The Weak Knees and Kingdom of Smoth
Dec. 26, 2015 at 8pm

Join us at Turn!Turn!Turn, 8 NE Killingsworth St in Portland for beer, music by The Weak Knees and Kingdom of Smoth, and a toast to democracy and truth. This year we partnered with Willamette Week and 143 of Portland most impactful non profits for Give!Guide, but we need your help to make our reporting possible. Door cover is $6, come shake off that holiday hang over!Dec-26th-show-promo-v01-2

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Today’s Journalism – Disarray or Revitalized?
Nov. 12, 2015

Join PRSA and IABC on Thursday, Nov. 12, at Edelman Public Relations (1601 5th Ave – 24th Floor) for a provocative discussion of today’s media — and share your own thoughts and observations. Panelists include Kathy Best, editor of The Seattle Times, Mark Briggs, director of digital media at KING 5, Tracy Record, owner and editor of the West Seattle Blog, and Jason Alcorn, associate director of InvestigateWest. The panel will be moderated by Berit Anderson, former managing editor at Crosscut and CEO of Scout, a soon-to-be-launched news site covering the intersection of tech, economics, and morality via science-fiction and investigative reporting. Details and Registration.

2015 Seattle Watchdog Workshop
Nov. 14-15

Hosted by Investigative Reporters and Editors and the University of Washington Department of Communication, this training will offer sessions that will improve your ability to find information on the Web quickly, and point you to key documents and data that will help you add depth to your daily work and produce quick-hit enterprise stories. In addition, this workshop will give you tips on interviewing, requesting records, incorporating data into your stories, digging deeper with social media, and much more. Our own Robert McClure joins a top-notch list of speakers. Details and Registration

InvestigateWest: Stories of Here

September 10, 2015 — Save the date! Join us for opening night. The conversation starts at 7 p.m. followed by wine, beer, and tasty crepes for purchase from Joe Bar Cafe. Stories of Here gathers the photography of three artists — Paul Joseph Brown, Mike Kane, and Leah Nash — whose journalistic works explore the theme of diversity and belonging in community. September 10 – October 8, 2015.

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Sixth Anniversary Celebration

We are having a party with a program on June 25, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. Come by after work, share a beer or glass of wine, meet our team and visit with our two special guests: Edwin Bender, whose national work on promoting accountable democracy at earned a 2015 MacArthur Award. And Amit Ranade, an outspoken supporter of the public’s right to know and a Washington State Public Disclosure Commissioner.

Details and Tickets

Tukwila Revealed

Tukwila Revealed is an epic exploratory walk on June 21, 2015, along the southern reaches of the Duwamish, centered on the Allentown neighborhood of Tukwila. Through art, science, and historical inquiry, Tukwila Revealed aims to explore ecological, social, developmental, and literary elements of the Duwamish River.

InvestigateWest’s Robert McClure & Paul Joseph Brown are part of the program. See the full program schedule.

Forests and the Economy: May 27-28

InvestigateWest and the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication are excited to present two special events on Forests and the Economy.

Join us on Wednesday, May 27, in Portland as panels of leading experts discuss innovative ideas and policy proposals for managing one of the state’s most cherished resources. This event is ticketed and open to the public.

Portland Symposium Details and RSVP

Join us on Thursday, May 28, in Grants Pass to explore the dual needs of forest restoration and economic recovery in southern Oregon with local experts. This event is also ticketed and open to the public.

Grants Pass Town Hall Details and RSVP

Oregon Launch

Join us after work on April 16 in Portland for the official launch of InvestigateWest in Oregon.

Have a drink, mingle to jazz by the Bridgetown Saints, and hear about our vision for mixing powerful journalism with an engaged public. We’ll have a brief program to introduce InvestigateWest, with happy hour to follow.

This event is free and open to the public. There is a limited capacity in the venue. Please sign up and let us know you are planning to attend!