The IE has 3 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!


Chetanya Robinson (Interim Editor-in- Chief) has been a regular writer for the IE since fall 2015 and reports on neighborhood and community issues including housing, activism, history, culture and small businesses. He is passionate about local, community journalism and its unique potential.

Chetanya earned a double major in journalism and Near Eastern Languages from the University of Washington, during which he spent a summer interning for a newspaper in Sierra Leone. He has written for a variety of local publications. In his spare time, Chetanya is an avid reader and enjoys photography, travel, and spending hours in museums. You can follow him on Twitter at @chetanyarobins. Contact Chetanya about news coverage, community coverage, opinion stories, reporting internships, and story pitches: [email protected]

Carmen Hom (Community Relations Manager) is a 4th generation Chinese-American from the San Francisco Bay Area. As one of the IE’s 2019 – 2020 Advocacy Journalist Fellows, she learned there was a wonderful way to ask questions, explore ideas, and amplify the voices of diverse communities — by storytelling. She earned her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a minor in Urban Planning from UW in 2019. She loves cities, writing, and helping out at her Aunt’s farm stand, Rest Awhile County MarketContact Carmen about advertising, distribution, subscriptions, invoicing, special issue sponsorship, sponsored stories, print archives, photo archives, community partnerships, 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.