Mission statement: You can find it at the top of the My Edmonds News home page: “An online gathering place for neighbors and friends.” I’m delighted that people regularly share their ideas and opinions by commenting on stories and submitting letters to the editor.
Independently owned. My Edmonds News is the only independently-owned news site based in Edmonds. It’s supported by online advertising and reader donations, and the money raised stays in the community; it’s not sent to a New York- or Seattle-based corporation. My freelance writers and photographers live in Edmonds too.
Seattle Times affiliate. I am proud to be affiliated with The Seattle Times as an online news partner, which means they include story summaries and links to My Edmonds News stories.
Live audio broadcasts. My Edmonds News provides live audio broadcasts of our local high school sports, an idea that I launched to provide our high school athletes with local recognition and allow their fans both near and far away to listen to the games. Best of all, a portion of the advertising dollars generated from that program is donated back to the high school sports booster club.
Community service. I was raised in Ellensburg, population 10,000, and I understand the value of being in a community where people know your name and care about your well-being. My dad was a local small business owner and served as Ellensburg’s mayor in the 1960s, and was always giving back to his community. He instilled in me the value of selfless community service. I am a past board member of Sustainable Edmonds and currently sit on the boards of both the Edmonds Museum and MS Helping Hands in addition to running My Edmonds News. I also have provided reduced cost or free advertising to deserving community organizations, and work with local high school and college journalism students.
Commitment to journalism. I grew up during the Watergate era and was captivated by the idea that journalism could play such a key role in exposing government wrongdoing and influencing change. I wrote for my high school newspaper and was a journalism major/political science minor at Seattle University, after which I began working for community and small daily newspapers and a wire service. Journalism is an essential cornerstone to American democracy and in a small town, it connects people to their neighbors and the institutions that they value: their schools, city government and community organizations as well as activities and events.
Commitment to value for my advertisers. My Edmonds News is an incredible value for local businesses looking to get the word out about their products and services. Our readership continues to grow month-after-month and our pricing is very affordable when compared to other advertising opportunities.
Recognition. Two years ago, I was selected to participate in an online news entrepreneur “boot camp” offered in Los Angeles by the schools of business and communications at USC. I have attended national conferences focused on online community journalism and my work on My Edmonds News has been written up in several national publications, including the Columbia Journalism Review.
How to connect. I welcome you to connect with me and our community by commenting online at My Edmonds News. You can also send me an email at email@example.com. And of course, you are welcome to show your support by making a donation using the “Donate” button on the home page.
I look forward to your ideas and your feedback.
Teresa Wippel, Founder and Publisher
My Edmonds News
Char Blankenship, contributing photographer
Blankenship has been a resident of the area for 26 years. Her daughter, Sage, is a senior at Meadowdale High School. Blankenship has been an Associated Press/Seattle photographer, a Boeing staff photographer and a professional sports photographer. She has also been a local real estate broker for the past 16 years.
Harry Gatjens, contributor
Edmonds resident “Citizen Harry” Gatjens, an accountant and long-time Edmonds resident, provides regular reports to My Edmonds News on the workings of the Edmonds city government and the city budget. Contact Harry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Kaufer, Edmonds Kind of Dad columnist
David Kaufer is a fun-loving Super Dad of 6-year-old twin sons, an insane Oregon Ducks fanatic (follow him on Twitter @DavidKaufer), advocate for green/sustainability and autism issues, and connoisseur of Northwest microbrews. He and his wife Renee moved to Edmonds in 2005 to raise their family (and enjoy the gorgeous views).
Michael Schindler, Edmonds Military Wire columnist
Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.”
Schindler received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dr. David Gross, From the Edmonds Vet columnist
Dr. David Gross of Edmonds graduated from Colorado State University’s veterinary school in 1960 and was in private practice for 10 years. He retired in 2006 as Professor and Head of Veterinary Biosciences, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Gross is the author of “Animals Don’t Blush” and “Manhunt,” both of which are available at the Edmonds Bookshop.
Quint Turner, sports contributor
Quint Turner grew up listening to Dave Niehaus and is tuned to all things sports. An Edmonds resident, Quint is a junior at Meadowdale High School, where he plays tennis and pursues soccer, basketball and baseball in his free time. If there’s a competition nearby, Quint will be there.
Elaine Mattson, Edmonds Booktalk columnist
Edmonds native and book lover Elaine Mattson has worked at The Edmonds Bookshop off and on since she was 12 years old, and has also worked at a book wholesaler, a book publisher, and for the book publishing division of a large local software company. She shares her monthly picks of best books with My Edmonds News readers.
Janette Turner, contributor
Lily Jaquith, My Edmonds News calendar editor
A 2011 Edmonds-Woodway High School graduate, Lily is a sophomore at Western Washington University, where she plans to major in journalism and minor in political science. At WWU, she’s involved in several political organizations on campus. She also manages the social media for several clubs as well as the Edmonds-based Driftwood Players. You can follow her on Twitter at @LilyJaquith.
Our Code of Conduct
My Edmonds News Code of Conduct
By registering to post on My Edmonds News, you agree to abide by this Code of Conduct. While our code is in fact a set of guidelines, any deliberate violation of the following points – especially those that harm other members – will result in a loss of site privileges.
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- plagiarize the work of others, fail to acknowledge source material, or use images that belong to others without their permission;
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Flamers tend to end conversations by entering them; they create a hostile environment in which real discourse is quashed in favor of insults and abuse. Deciding who is or isn’t a flamer, and how that contributor will be handled, is at the final and sole discretion of My Edmonds News staff.
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