Community members celebrate launch of nonprofit news in South Snohomish County

Teresa Wippel, President and CEO of the new My Neighborhood News Network nonprofit, described how she started the news outlet more than a dozen years ago, it’s vital role in the community, and how going nonprofit will ensure its financial sustainability.
Karen Crowley of the Snohomish County League of Women Voters spoke of the current precarious state of local news, and how essential it is to our communities and local governments.
Comedian Kermet Apio warms up the room.
Diana White, Edmonds resident, former Edmonds School Board member, and member of the Prairie Band of the Potawatomi Nation, opens the program with the land acknowledgement.
Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell and Edmonds College President Dr. Amit Singh pause for a photo.
Attendees were asked to post their suggestions for the new community-owned news organization on Post-It notes.
Marcella Diaz, Director of equity and engagement at The Vida Agency, pointed out the essential role of local news in promoting community engagement and inclusiveness.
Mountlake Terrace City Councilmember Steve Woodard shares a moment with My Neighborhood News Network board member Wally Webster.
Caitlin Plummer, a former My Edmonds News intern now working in Los Angeles, talks about the increasingly challenging path facing new journalists.
Shanon Tysland, owner of Experience Momentum in Lynnwood, was the event emcee.
My Neighborhood News Network Board Chair Carl Zapora talked about the new avenues of funding that will now be available for the new nonprofit.

Two hundred people gathered at the Lynnwood Event Center ballroom Thursday night to celebrate the launch of nonprofit community news in South Snohomish County through the My Neighborhood News Network family of publications — My Edmonds News, MLTnews and Lynnwood Today.

The organization is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit registered through the Internal Revenue Service, and donations are fully tax-deductible.

You can learn more about the history of the news organization here and make a donation here.

— Photos by Larry Vogel

  1. Good Morning Teresa!
    Bravo as I remember when you first started around 2010 and how fabulous your community coverage was for our City.

    Your journalism has always been perfect as has your monitoring of citizen’s comment and adjusting guidelines.

    Over the years, you grew and expanded areas and staff. But, it was still you sitting in that front seat at all our Council Meetings. Bravo to all of us for your weekly briefings (and tweets) so citizens can be in the “know” as to how our government is operating and issues facing all of us.

  2. Congrats on the launch of this new chapter Teresa! Through your coverage over the years, you have provided such a valuable service to our community, and I think this move is a wise one. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to join the festivities but please know that I’ll continue to remain a donor to keep the news flowing! Cheers to the next 12 years!

  3. Great achievement, Teresa. Your vision should be an inspiration for all true journalists. The service you provide, and the opportunity for the citizens to contribute to the dialogue makes for a better and healthier community.

    THANK YOU!!!

  4. Congrats on taking this next step, important for you and for our community. Keep up the great work!

  5. This whole event was a community building triumph. I had the pleasure of sitting with two long time Edmonds residents, a man from Shoreline, one of Teresa’s reporters, and the current Mayor of Lynnwood. Getting more involved and out of one’s comfort zones of association is a good thing.

  6. Thank you, Teresa for all that have you have done and all that you continue to do for our county. Obviously, many care and appreciate having such a large turnout shows this to me. I too am sorry I could not attend but I was there in spirit. I will continue to support MEN with my donations. I am happy to do this to keep us out of the dark and for you truly a voice for all in our area. That isn’t easy! But you pull it off. I don’t know your new staff but they seem to be doing a great job. Carry on. XO Deb.

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