The 2017 Legislative Session opened Monday in Olympia, and four new reporters are already at work in the Olympia News Bureau.
The Olympia News Bureau is staffed by reporting internships sponsored by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Washington, and is led by editor Frank W. Garred.
This session’s bureau reporters are Grace Swanson, Tim Gruver, Enrique Pérez de la Rosa and Matt Spaw.
Stories from the news bureau will appear in the Bainbridge Review and other WNPA-member newspapers across the state.
The bureau’s reporting staff — all students from the University of Washington’s Communications Department — will work on focus issues that have been assigned for the 10-week program.
The group aims to create enterprise pieces that go beyond just the lawmaking process, with stories on specific bills paired with in-depth coverage of issues that include education, transportation, mental health, rural health care, water resources, gun control reforms, and more.
Each reporter has an assigned professional mentor in Olympia guiding them through the legislative maze, agency connections and story preparations.
Here’s this session’s lineup:
Grace Swanson, Reporter
Grace Swanson is a reporter for the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association Olympic News Bureau. In the past she has written for a variety of community newspapers, including the Federal Way Mirror, The International Examiner, The Seattle Globalist, and the South Whidbey Record. As an editorial intern at the South Whidbey Record, she received an award in WNPA’s annual Better Newspaper Contest in 2014. She has also interned for Rick Steves’ Europe, Utrip and Whidbey Telecom.
Tim Gruver, Reporter
Tim Gruver is a journalist of two years based in the greater Seattle area. His work has appeared in The Northwest Asian Weekly, The Woodinville Weekly, and The Daily of the University of Washington.
A California native, he was the recipient of the University of Washington’s 2016 Deborah Kaplan Memorial Award for “a story with a strong writing style.”
Enrique Pérez de la Rosa, Reporter
Enrique Pérez de la Rosa is a journalism and creative writing student at the University of Washington, interested in reporting on stories from international communities.
Matt Spaw, Reporter
Matt Spaw is a political reporter as well as a journalism student at the University of Washington.
His work focusing on race-car drivers and boxers, among other subjects, has been featured in the Seattle PI, Crosscut and The Daily of the University of Washington. He loves politics, business and fashion.