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Vlae Kershner
Vlae Kershner, who started in journalism at age 15 as a $3-a-week high school sports stringer, has been SFGate.com’s news director since 1999. During his career in suburban Chicago, Indianapolis, Pasadena, Portland and San Francisco, he’s covered politics, business and sports.

Dwight Silverman
Techblogger, computer columnist, blog editor @ Houston Chronicle | chron.com. Co-host of Technology Bytes radio show. Computer book author. Pizza lover.

Chris Preovolos
chris.preovolos@scni.com

Chris Preovolos is a web producer for the Hearst Connecticut Media Group. Prior to moving to interactive, he worked as photojournalist for the Advocate in Stamford, Conn. and still (sort of) produces a food blog, The Lunch Break Chronicles. Despite spending the better part of a decade on the east coast, he still considers the San Francisco Bay Area his home.

Brian Chin
brianchin@seattlepi.com

Brian Chin is a producer at seattlepi.com with a background in business journalism and Web development. A lifelong Seattle resident, he started building websites back when you could learn everything there was to learn in a rainy afternoon. His experience includes multimedia storytelling, mobile platform development and authoring an award-winning local news, culture and technology blog.

Aubrey Cohen
aubreycohen@seattlepi.com

Aubrey Cohen is the aerospace reporter for seattlepi.com. He previously covered real estate for the site and its newspaper predecessor, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

A native of Philadelphia, Aubrey earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and Russian Studies from McGill University, in Montreal, and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill.

Before coming to the P-I in 2006, he worked as a community reporter at The Providence Journal-Bulletin and in several beats at The Bellingham Herald, most recently covering growth and transportation.

Aubrey is married, has two children, and enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, bicycling, snowboarding, cooking and rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles. He lives in Seattle.

Nick Eaton
nickeaton@seattlepi.com

Nick Eaton covers Microsoft and the software industry for seattlepi.com. He previously covered education for the site and regional business for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper.

Before joining seattlepi.com, Nick filled many roles at The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. He started as a public safety reporter then moved to the sports department, where he covered the Washington State Cougars, Spokane Indians and other teams. He also was one of the S-R’s few multimedia producers, shooting and editing countless videos for both the sports and news departments.

Nick is a Seattle native, growing up in both West Seattle and Wedgwood. He studied journalism at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University, graduating magna cum laude from the Honors College.

Nick currently lives in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. He’s a big Cougars fan but is able to tolerate Huskies. Don’t bother him, however, when he’s watching “House” on TV.

Shannon Fears
shannonfears@seattlepi.com

As a 3-year-old, Shannon scared the daylights out of his parents by dragging the morning paper in from the porch and reading stories of gruesome crimes — as well as the comics and box scores, of course — over his morning cereal.

A half-century later, Shannon is trying to drag the carcass of a different morning paper into the future. He is proud to be part of a dedicated staff that believes strongly in seattlepi.com and the possibilities of online journalism.

In 25 years in journalism, Shannon has worked for The Oregonian, the Eugene Register-Guard and seattlepi.com as a sports reporter, copy editor and online producer. He has covered NCAA basketball tournaments, NBA Finals, World Series and the 1988 Summer Olympics.

These days, he’s perfectly happy to stay under the globe and produce the home page, among a multitude of other tasks.

In his spare time, he enjoys ferreting out masked profanities in the seattlepi.com forums, color-correcting hundreds of fashion, red carpet and beauty pageant photos, and scanning the wires in the middle of the night for breaking news with which to beat the competition senseless … er, that is, with which to serve our loyal readers.

Chris Grygiel
chrisgrygiel@seattlepi.com
Chris Grygiel coordinates political coverage for SeattlePI.com. He previously worked at its predecessor, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and for The Associated Press on the wire service’s New York national desk and covered the Nevada, Montana and Indiana legislatures.

Scott Gutierrez
scottgutierrez@seattlepi.com

Scott Gutierrez writes about transportation, politics and criminal justice for seattlepi.com. Before the Seattle Post-Intelligencer closed in 2009, he covered police and crime for the newspaper, focusing on the Seattle Police Department and King County Sheriff’s Office.

Before coming to the P-I in 2006, Scott spent three years at The Olympian covering police and courts in the state’s Capital, with a stint reporting on state government. His most memorable assignment was a three-day excursion to Iraq to write about McChord airmen serving in the combat hospital at Balad Air Base. There, he also reported on an emerging problem with large numbers of soldiers developing kidney stones during their deployment.

He’s also worked at the Skagit Valley Herald in Mount Vernon and interned at KOMO/4. He graduated from the University of Washington in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Just before leaving college, he worked as an intern investigator with The Defender Association, which is contracted to represent indigent defendants in King County.

Vanessa Ho
vanessaho@seattlepi.com

Vanessa Ho is seattlepi.com’s community editor, in charge of developing and coordinating reader blogs. Before this gig, she was a longtime reporter for the seattlepi.com, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Seattle Times, covering health, social issues, neighborhoods, religion, education, courts and crime.

Katie Lee
katielee@seattlepi.com

Katie Lee is an intern at seattlepi.com. She will be a sophomore at Washington State University this fall and is majoring in English with an emphasis in professional writing and rhetoric. Next year, she will be the opinion editor for the school newspaper, The Daily Evergreen.

Humberto Martinez
humbertomartinez@seattlepi.com

Humberto Martínez is our newest journalist from the Hearst Fellowship program.

Humberto started at seattlepi.com covering nightlife, but is now one of the main writers for the Big Blog. Pulling in the latest stories about coffee, hipster trends and other super cool happenings in Seattle, he brings together all the quirky you know and love about this city.

Lasting two years, the Hearst Fellowship rotates budding journalists with many talents through the different Hearst-owned newspapers. Humberto’s previous rotations have bounced him around the country. First, he worked at the Beaumont Enterprise in Southeast Texas where he worked as a features reporter. Then he went to the Times Union in Albany, N.Y., where he covered crime, breaking news and worked on several online social media projects.

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Casey McNerthney
caseymcnerthney@seattlepi.com

Casey McNerthney, the main contributor to Seattle 911, has been spending time under the P-I globe since 2004.

As part of the P-I’s breaking news team, he reported from the front lines for stories that initially appear online, helping make seattlepi.com one of the nation’s most-read newspaper Web sites.

He started at the P-I as a sports correspondent, covering high school sports and players such as Jake Locker. He was even talked into joining a practice before the National Synchronized Swimming Championships. It wasn’t pretty.

McNerthney was raised in Seattle, back when retro Mariners logos were new and “Almost Live!” was funnier than “Saturday Night Live.” After graduating from Bishop Blanchet High School and Western Washington University, he worked as a contributor for the Port Townsend and Jefferson County Leader. He also spent a summer at KJR-AM and was host of the morning show on KUGS-FM in Bellingham.

A breaking news reporter since 2006, McNerthney uncovered the report of an alleged sexual assault at a Seattle high school that administrators didn’t pass on to police. That led to an award-winning special report with colleagueJessica Blanchard, exposing how several crimes were not reported in Seattle Public Schools.

McNerthney’s favorite stories include articles on Sabrina Rasmussen, a rape victim who spoke out against her attacker who murdered another girl, and a profile of Kevin Berg, a man with cerebral palsy who walked his first steps to help others neglected by insurance companies.

Levi Pulkkinen
levipulkkinen@seattlepi.com

Levi Pulkkinen has covered breaking news for the Seattle P-I since January 2007. His coverage has focused on police and court news, as well as items of general interest.

Levi, a son of Portland, Maine, came to Maple Valley at age 6 after a stint in Anchorage, Alaska. After graduating from Western Washington University in 2002, Levi bounced between internships in Ilwaco and San Francisco before landing a job at the Daily World in Aberdeen.

He moved on to the Skagit Valley Herald in Mount Vernon, where he covered city government, courts and police, as well as the Swinomish, Samish and Upper Skagit tribes. Prior to his hire by the P-I, Levi traveled Guatemala and Nicaragua for three months with his longtime girlfriend.

Levi can often be found skulking the streets of Ballard when he’s not working. An occasional outdoorsman and jogger, Levi has run the Hood-to-Coast Relay four times as a member of the Experience Asphalt Project. His favorite hike is Hidden Lake Lookout in North Cascades National Park.

Sarah Rupp
sarahrupp@seattlepi.com

Sarah is a Seattle native who has been working at seattlepi.com for the past seven years.

Gerry Spratt
gerryspratt@seattlepi.com

Gerry Spratt was born in New York and spent parts of his childhood in Houston, Denver and Los Angeles, developing allegiances to the Mets and Broncos along the way and enduring some of the greatest late-season collapses in sports history.

He started his journalism career in 1998 with a brief internship in Stockton, Calif., after graduating from Gonzaga University. After his car was broken into twice in three months, he quickly made the move to the Santa Barbara News-Press, where he worked his way up from copy editor to sports editor. He came to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in September 2006 as night sports editor.

He joined seattlepi.com when it spun off in March 2009.

Sarah Storm
sarahstorm@seattlepi.com

Sarah Storm is an intern at seattlepi.com. Currently a senior at the University of Washington, she is majoring in journalism and international security. Sarah written for local papers and news sites like seattlepi.com, the International Examiner, Phinneywood.com as part of her journalism curriculum.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Sarah grew up on the beach and in the sand. Windswept hair and sand in her shoes are not uncommon. As a typical college student, she spends her time eating, sleeping and procrastinating. She enjoys playing in tide pools and writing papers at 2 a.m.

Contact Sarah by e-mail or twitter.

Scott Sunde
scottsunde@seattlepi.com
Scott Sunde is a newsgather for seattlepi.com.

Joshua Trujillo
joshuatrujillo@seattlepi.com

Light, moment, expression, composition, irony and truth are what photojournalist Joshua Trujillo looks for through the viewfinder of his camera.

Trujillo has been a photojournalist at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer since 2003. He came to Seattle by way of the Hearst Fellowship, a program in which journalists rotate to Hearst-owned newspapers around the country; Josh worked at the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News and the Seattle P-I. He also worked at the Arizona Republic and the Arizona Daily Star during his college years in Tucson, Ariz.

While in the fellowship program, the P-I sent him to Afghanistan in September 2001 to cover the United States’ reaction to the attacks of September 11. He was one of the first newspaper photographers in the ravaged country and his photos were published in the P-I, around the world and in many U.S. newspapers.

Prior to his life as a photojournalist he was in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a meteorologist with the Army and Air Force during the Kosovo conflict.

He spends his free time in Seattle aboard his sailboat with his two young daughters and his wife, Lina.

You can see more of his photography and read his photography blog at joshuatrujillo.com.

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