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I am a business reporter living in Washington and working full-time for a business journal. I cover several industries such as food, finance, construction, architecture design, and education. In addition, I have past experience in book reviews and author interviews. I love to interview people and report on their businesses and new ventures from a narrative perspective that is concise and impactful.
While recent conversations about the lack of diversity in publishing have centered on the need to release more diverse books and hire more people of color within publishing houses, less mention has been made of a key set of gatekeepers to the industry: literary agents. In an industry in which unagented manuscripts are often either not accepted or not taken seriously, having an agent is invaluable in getting your foot in the door.
Sarah Gerard’s dazzling second book, Sunshine State, is a collection of essays interlacing narrative nonfiction and personal essay. The thirty-one year old Brooklynite teaches nonfiction and writes a monthly column for Hazlitt. She has received rave reviews from the New York Times, NPR, and The Millions. Using her home state of Florida as the medium to navigate the human psyche, Gerard surrounds herself with a diverse cast of characters.
While funds from Washington state’s $518 million settlement against three major pharmaceutical companies are yet to begin flowing into communities here, people familiar with the impact of the opioid epidemic in the Spokane area say addressing the problem requires communitywide awareness and response.
AHANA was formed in 1998 by Ben Cabildo, who is also Filipino, to give businesses owned by people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds a safe space to talk about business and learn from one another about how to expand and succeed, says Reguindin.
Meg Winchester, president and CEO of Visit Spokane, has announced her retirement effective Jan. 1. Winchester joined Visit Spokane in 2019 after nearly 10 years of serving as the director of the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, in Galveston, an island city on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Growing up, Winchester moved around a lot, including living two years in Japan, courtesy of her father’s career as a jet pilot in the U.S. Navy.
Already on course to miss upcoming stadium-improvement deadlines set by Major League Baseball, the Spokane Indians Baseball Club is hoping Spokane County steps up to the plate to participate in a private-public partnership to fund $22.8 million in facility upgrades.
Last month, Spokane natives Ryan and Katie Harnetiaux were introduced to the Spokane community as the United Soccer League’s Spokane club owners. The couple’s ownership entity for the club, Aequus Sports LLC, will have three teams: a professional men’s team, a professional women’s team, and a women’s pre-professional team. The men’s professional team is expected to be the first to play in the new stadium currently under construction in the North Bank area near downtown in April of 2024.
City leaders in Spokane are working to create an ordinance that would cap at 15% the commission rate charged to merchants by DoorDash Inc., Grubhub Inc., and other third-party delivery companies, says City Council member Zack Zappone.
Matthew and Julie Collins, principals of quickly growing Spokane architecture company Uptic Studios Inc., are starting a new interior design company. And soon, Uptic plans to move to a larger location and expand its team of architects and designers. Later this month, the Collinses will launch Uptic Interiors LLC. Led by Julie Collins, who is an interior designer, and a new procurement manager, Uptic Interiors will specialize in residential, commercial, and hospitality projects.
Write and report stories across various industries from a business, finance, or entrepreneur angle. Interview professionals in their field, research accompanying data, and assemble timely stories.
Company: Journal of Business
I worked there from 9/2021 until now
Read and review short fiction and essays submitted to editors. Attend editorial meetings.
Company: Tin House Magazine
I worked there from 10/2016 until 6/2017