Staff

The IE has 2.5 full-time staff, and is supported by an army of community members who serve as volunteers, interns, contractors, and freelancers. We are grateful for the many people who keep the IE alive. Thank you for your contributions!


Jill Wasberg (Editor in Chief) is a life-long Washingtonian – fourth generation from Willapa Bay, to be exact. She is the daughter of a Korean immigrant and the granddaughter of a Swede-Finnish immigrant. Jill has 15 years of nonprofit experience, working in community organizing, fundraising, communications, marketing and media relations. She was most recently at the Seattle Times and InterIm CDA. Jill brings with her a passion for the free press and independent journalism and a dedication to elevating voices and communities not represented in mainstream media. She has a BA in English from the University of Washington and a Masters in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College. She joined the International Examiner in December of 2017. Contact Jill about news coverage, community coverage, opinion stories, corrections, IE events, corporate sponsorship, donations, joining the IE’s board of directors, and strategic planning: [email protected]

Auriza Ugalino (Community Relations Manager) has been a life-long resident of the Olympic Peninsula. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2014, with a BA in Sociology, focusing on the Asian Pacific American experience. She then lived in Japan and went on to be a developer for the Hiroshima JET Scholarship Fund. Auriza manages advertising, distribution, and development at the International ExaminerContact Auriza about advertising, distribution, subscriptions, invoicing, special issue sponsorship, sponsored stories, print archives, photo archives, community partnerships, community concerns, and marketing internships: [email protected]

Chetanya Robinson (Managing Editor) has been a regular writer for the IE since fall 2015, and joined the team as Assistant Editor in 2017. He was born and raised in Seattle and earned a double major in journalism and Near Eastern languages from the University of Washington in fall 2016. His work has also appeared in Crosscut, the Seattle Weekly, The Stranger, KCTS9 Earthfix, New America MediaReal Change News, The Seattle Globalist, Awoko Newspaper in Sierra Leone and more. He enjoys reporting on an eclectic range of topics, especially culture and the environment. You can follow him on Twitter at @chetanyarobins. Contact Chetanya about news coverage, community coverage, opinion stories, reporting internships, and social media internships: [email protected]

Alan Chong Lau (Arts Editor) is an artist, poet, and retired grocer. He has served the Asian Pacific Islander American arts community as the IE Arts Editor for over 30 years. He’s a published poet and author and is the editor of the nation’s most comprehensive Asian Pacific American book review, the Pacific Reader. In 2014, Alan was honored with the City of Seattle Mayor’s Art Award and given the title of Seattle’s 2014 Cultural Ambassador.  The award recognizes those who create “exemplary work across disciplines, as an artist and as an administrator, pushing the field forward from all sides.” Alan’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies, as well as in national and international shows. Contact Alan about arts coverage.

Bif Brigman (Fellowship Program Manager) Seattle Antique and Art gallery owner for over two decades, Bif now devotes his personal and professional time to community building and development and historic preservation/conservation/education. He is past Co-Chair, and 12 yr member of the Minidoka Pilgrimage Planning Committee and has volunteered for numerous community and arts organizations over the past 30+ years including Nikkei Heritage Association of WA, Seattle Art Museum, Leadership Tomorrow, City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and NW Craft Center. He has developed and implemented unique programs for the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, WA State Department of Ecology and Pioneer Square Community Council. Contact Bif about the Fellowship Program.

Distributors: Makayla Dorn, Vincent Trey Dy, Stephany Hernandez, Joshua Kelso
Chetanya Robinson, Alexis Silva, Max Chan, Andy Chen, Cayden Harmon