It was her passion for the neighborhood, Amber Campbell says, that pushed

It was her passion for the neighborhood, Amber Campbell says, that pushed her to create and become editor of the Rainier Valley Post, a mostly volunteer-run community website, relying a great deal on contributions from residents. It also helps, Campbell says, that she “rarely travels north of I-90 and is one of the nosiest neighbors you’ll ever meet.” All of which helps bring the news down to a personal level on the Post’s website, particularly after one of the drive-by shootings that plague the valley and result in eyewitness accounts from readers. It can also lead to scoops such as the Post’s report on Mayor Mike McGinn’s walkout at a valley Town Hall session. A television report quoted the mayor’s spokesperson as saying “anarchists” were responsible for harassing the mayor while he was trying to speak, resulting in his sudden departure in mid-talk. But as the Post noted, one of those supposed anarchists told the mayor her concern was racial, not radical: “Because we’re not white, you’re not listening,” she told him—although he wasn’t listening. A Post commenter pointed out that one of the mayor’s hecklers was in fact “a longtime community member who was involved in the original occupation of the very [African-American] museum this meeting was being held in—not some ‘outside agitator anarchist.’ ” The Seattle Times later followed up on the story. RICK ANDERSON rainiervalleypost.com


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