Our Mission

InvestigateWest is a nonprofit investigative journalism newsroom located in Seattle, WA. We focus on critical issues that impact our communities throughout the Pacific Northwest and Cascadia, with a special focus on environment, government and corporate accountability, and public health.

Our mission is to engage Pacific Northwest citizens in social issues by providing compelling, change making investigative and explanatory journalism.

Our vision is a society of informed citizens empowered to exercise their rights and work within their communities to make the world a more just and equitable place.

Our History

InvestigateWest was founded in 2009 by Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper reporters and editors after the paper stopped publishing. Seeing the need for local news, we have worked to build a nonprofit model for public-service journalism, and publish dozens of in-depth stories every year that reach audiences of over one million people.

We produce original reporting and tools that equip the public to participate in our democracy, and collaborate with other news outlets to pursue consequential journalism. Partners include The Atlantic, Crosscut, Grist, Salon, The New York Times, KUOW Public Radio, and more.

Meet Our Team

Staff

Allison Augustyn
Allison Augustyn
Executive Director
Robert McClure
Robert McClure
Co-Founder and Executive Editor
Ariel Shearer
Ariel Shearer
Senior Engagement Officer
Peter Fairley
Peter Fairley
Senior Editor for Energy and Climate

Contributing Writers

Allegra Abramo
Allegra Abramo
Freelance Writer
Jason Buch
Jason Buch
Independent Journalist
Levi Pulkkinen
Levi Pulkkinen
Independent Journalist
Rachel Nielsen
Rachel Nielsen
Freelance Reporter

Board of Directors

Don Smith
Don Smith
President and Board Chair
Paul Joseph Brown
Paul Joseph Brown
Vice President
Brant Houston
Brant Houston
Treasurer
Beverly Wyse
Beverly Wyse
Director
Berit Anderson
Berit Anderson
Director
Joe Copeland
Joe Copeland
Director

Fellow

Mara Kardas-Nelson
Mara Kardas-Nelson
Freelance Journalist

Contributors and Alumni

Jenny Cunningham – Sally Deneen – Francesca Lyman – Joy Borkholder - Brad Shannon – Lee van der Voo – Sergio Olmos – Rebecca Clarren - Susanna Ray – Adiel Kaplan – Ashley Stewart – Christopher Dunagan – Ben DeJarnette – James Gordon – Lael Henterly – Kate Martin – Olivia Henry – Claudia Rowe – Will Graff – Stephanie Schendel – Carol Smith – Rita Hibbard

Photography

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