Ralph Schwartz

Posting Citizen Journalist • Member since May 23, 2014

After writing for NWCitizen for five years, Ralph Schwartz helped launch a new Whatcom County newspaper, Cascadia Daily News, joining the staff in December 2021 as government reporter. Before the Daily News, he worked for 14 years at professional newspapers, most recently the Methow Valley News and The Bellingham Herald.

Articles by Ralph Schwartz

After worker victories, The Bellingham Herald’s union is in place

By Ralph SchwartzOn Mar 02, 2021

McClatchy put up a fight, but newsroom employees at The Bellingham Herald and three other Washington newspapers got what they wanted -- a single union to represent workers at all [...]

McClatchy seeks to break up union that includes Bellingham Herald staff

By Ralph SchwartzOn Jan 11, 2021

McClatchy, the corporate owners of The Bellingham Herald who were taken over by a hedge fund after bankruptcy, appears willing to accept the inevitable. News employees at the chain’s [...]

‘Now we will have a voice’—Bellingham Herald’s newsroom joins union

By Ralph SchwartzOn Dec 22, 2020

There’s no telling how far a newspaper will fall. When I started as a reporter at The Bellingham Herald in 2011, some 25 people were working in the newsroom, including six [...]

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