Marcus Green, Esmy Jimenez, Anna King, Travis Quezon, Anita Verna Crofts
MARCUS HARRISON GREEN is the South King County Reporter for the Seattle Times, the co-founder of the South Seattle Emerald, a former Reporting Fellow with YES! Magazine, a past board member of the Western Washington Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and a recipient of Crosscut’s Courage Award for Culture. Growing up in South Seattle, he experienced first-hand the neglect of news coverage in the area by local media, which taught him the value of narratives. After an unfulfilling stint working for a Los Angeles-based hedge-fund in his twenties, Marcus returned to his community determined to tell its true story, which led him to start the South Seattle Emerald, and eventually move on to cover the area as a reporter for the Seattle Times. He was named one of Seattle’s most influential people by Seattle Magazine in 2016.
ESMY JIMENEZ, born in Mexico and raised in rural Washington, is a multimedia journalist and writer. Her work has appeared in High Country News, the Washington Post’s The Lily, National Native News, and NPR. She is additionally a Maynard Fellow and Next Gen Radio alum. In April, she joined KUOW covering immigration. A first generation high school and college grad, Esmy’s goal is to rethink journalism and writing as a tool for community building.
ANNA KING’s voice makes a lasting impression, not just for its quality and timbre, but for the impact she makes on under told stories. King is the Richland bureau chief for the Northwest News Network. Anna brings heightened awareness, both regionally and nationally, to the underlying fabric and history of the Pacific Northwest. Anna was recently named Washington State University’s “Woman of the Year,” and she has pulled down two national Gracie awards. Just last year she was honored with two Telly awards for a news Facebook video about the in trouble Hanford tunnels.
TRAVIS QUEZON, born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, has a degree in English from the University of Hawai‘i. He was the managing editor and interim editor of the Honolulu Weekly and executive editor of The Hawai‘i Independent. Quezon won a Hawai‘i Publishers PAI award for enterprise reporting on Honolulu’s homeless communities in 2008. He also worked as a communications specialist for Hawai‘i State Representative Mele Carroll, who at the time, was chair of the House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs. Quezon also worked as a freelance journalist for Reuters and Bloomberg. He covered a variety of international stories, including the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings and President Barack Obama’s visits to Hawai‘i. In Seattle, Quezon was the editor in chief and executive director of the International Examiner from 2013 to 2017. Quezon came on board as executive director of The Seattle Globalist in December 2017.
ANITA VERNA CROFTS is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington Department of Communication. As Associate Director of the Communication Leadership graduate program, her work addresses personal narrative, leadership and creativity in the digital age, and listening as a leadership tool. Her writings on the intersection of food and culture explore the preservation of food traditions in post-conflict societies as a means of sustaining community identity and have appeared in Saveur and Gastronomica.