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John started Northwest Citizen in 1995 to inform fellow citizens of serious local political issues that the Bellingham Herald was ignoring. With the help of donors from the beginning, he has improved the site, invited other writers to join him, and enabled commenting with verified real names for informative community dialog. He is proud that NW Citizen is now perhaps the oldest political blog in the world.nn

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Ron Judd Bids Farewell to Seattle

Learning more about the managing editor of a new daily news source in Bellingham, coming January 1.

Learning more about the managing editor of a new daily news source in Bellingham, coming January 1.

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Following a 33-year career with the Seattle Times,  Ron Judd has written his farewell article. As of September, he is organizing a daily online news operation in Bellingham. Unnamed as yet, it is referred to as Cascadia Daily News. David Syre is behind the new company. NWCitizen broke the news locally and we are looking forward to what promises to be local and professional news reporting on our cities, county, and port government agencies.  

Judd has written his last article for the Seattle Times and reveals a bit about himself. His final “Backstory” indicates we are getting a guy with an irreverent sense of humor. Even more important is that while Judd has written for the Seattle paper for over 30 years, he has lived right here in Bellingham for the last 20 years. He is no stranger to our town and knows the local turf.  

He expects to hire six to ten employees and begin publishing online January 1. In the press release that came out in August announcing the new venture, it stressed that government reporting will be a priority.  

Actual "government reporting" will be a new and interesting experience for our local elected and non-elected community leaders; they have long been used to little-to-no coverage or just puff pieces from the Herald. We at NWCitizen sincerely hope that promise is fulfilled by Mr. Judd and his staff. Time will tell, as we look forward to this new addition to our community come January. We wish them the very best.

About John Servais

Citizen Journalist and Editor • Fairhaven, Washington USA • Member since Feb 26, 2008

John started Northwest Citizen in 1995 to inform fellow citizens of serious local political issues that the Bellingham Herald was ignoring. With the help of donors from the beginning, he has [...]

Christopher S Hudson

Sep 07, 2021

Real reporting, good luck. The regional and national MSM as well is fear-mongering,  puff pieces and pearl clutching, not just the local “news.” I don’t think our local gov’t is going to like reasonable questions that require thoughtful responses which should result in rational debate as opposed to ad hominem exchanges. I sometimes wonder if citizens can “do” complexity anymore when it comes to the participation necessary for the running of functional gov’t, or if gov’t knows they are supposed to be in service to the public.

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Ron Judd Bids Farewell to Seattle

By John ServaisOn Sep 06, 2021

Learning more about the managing editor of a new daily news source in Bellingham, coming January 1.

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2 comments, most recent 8 months ago

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By John ServaisOn Jan 07, 2021

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10 comments, most recent 9 months ago

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