Seattle Transit Blog is 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that covers transit news for the the greater Seattle area. The blog also focuses on density and the urban form, and other forms of alternative transportation like bicycling and walking. Below is an introduction to everyone who’s ever had a byline at Seattle Transit Blog, since its inception in April 2007.
In no case are the staff writers below writing on behalf of their employers. All posts only reflect the views of the listed author.
Board of Directors
Editor-in-chief Martin H. Duke joined the blog in Fall 2007 and became the head of STB in 2009. He grew up outside DC, attended college near Boston, spent six months in Lawton, OK, and finally moved to the Puget Sound in 1997. He is a software engineer working in Lower Queen Anne.
He has lived and worked all over the Puget Sound region, but has lived in Columbia City since 2007.
Commute: Link + 24 or 33
General Manager Frank Chiachiere was indoctrinated into a love of trains and transit by the Lionel-Industrial Complex at a very early age. He came of age riding transit in New York City and Philadelphia, and has lived in Seattle for over almost 15 years. In 2007 he started the local transit blog Orphan Road, and began writing for STB in 2012. By day, he works as a digital product designer and marketer.
Brent White is a dispatcher at a private transportation provider in Seattle. He joined the staff in July 2013 after submitting a series of guest posts.
Current Paid Staff
Staff Reporter Zach Shaner began writing for the blog in July 2010. Zach has a master’s degree in Environmental Research, and an undergraduate degree in History and Philosophy. Zach co-founded bike rental startup PedalAnywhere in 2013 and currently serves as their CEO. Prior to PedalAnywhere, Zach spent five years doing transit outreach and marketing at Pierce Transit, the City of Tukwila, and most recently Commute Seattle. After growing up in Idaho and attending universities in Texas, Massachusetts, and the UK, Zach settled in Seattle in 2009. He lives in North Capitol Hill. See Zach on twitter (@zachshan) or on LinkedIn.
Commute: Bike, walk, or (soon) ULink.
Current Volunteer Staff
Matthew Johnson grew up in rural South Alabama. What began as an interest in city life and public transit piqued by visits to DC, Philly, NYC and Boston turned into a passion during a summer spent living and studying (and carless! A death sentence even in a ‘big’ city like Mobile!) in Heidelberg, Germany. He has lived off and on in the Seattle area since early 2007, finally settling down in Columbia City in April of 2012. Active in transportation issues, he is a cofounder of Seattle Subway. Starting off as commenter in the Spring of 2009 Matthew joined the staff in early 2013 and served as a board member for over a year.
Oran Viriyincy frequently contributes photos, video, and transit maps for the blog. He grew up in Wallingford riding the 44 and 16 and enjoyed collecting bus timetables before spending 10 years in Bangkok, where he enjoyed its chaotic vibrancy, but was frustrated with its massive gridlock and poorly-run transit system. He holds a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from the UW.
Oran currently works for CHK America, producing maps and passenger information solutions for numerous transit agencies across the United States, including LA and DC. He has been living car free in downtown Santa Barbara, California since April 2012. Prior to that, he lived in Kingsgate and was a regular rider of the 255. Previous work experience include traffic operations and safety at the City of Seattle and King County. He joined the blog in November 2008.
David Lawson is an attorney who lives in south Kirkland, works in downtown Seattle, and previously lived in several Seattle neighborhoods. He writes mostly about King County Metro and how to improve the regional bus network. David drove for Metro from 2000 to 2005, and loved the job. His regular commute is on the 255 or 540.
Dan Ryan joined the blog in 2015 after several guest posts. He grew up in Ireland, and has lived on the Eastside for 15 years. Dan has a PhD in Economics, and has worked in analytics roles in the telecom industry. He comes to transit issues by way of an interest in Kirkland’s planning and land use policies.
Adam B. Parast began writing for the blog in February 2009 while studying transportation UW. Over the next 7-years his writing focused on issues that mattered to him, including coverage of ongoing transportation planning efforts, sharing solutions for current and emerging issues, and advocating for enlighten transportation and land use policies. For a good part of these 7-years he was on the STB Board and was STB’s principle voice on twitter.
Founder Andrew M. Smith started the blog in April 2007, after he moved back to Seattle and discovered there was a campaign for light rail that year. Andrew wrote for the blog from 2007-2009 and 2011-2014.
Bruce Nourish grew up in rural England and suburban Phoenix, before discovering his love for cities and mass transit during two weekend visits to Portland and Seattle. He wrote for the blog from Summer 2011 to mid-2015 and served as a board member for years.
Ben Schiendelman, a Seattle native, was important figure in STB’s early development in 2007, edited and contributed for years, and left to pursue other projects in 2014.
Sherwin Lee joined the blog in the Fall of 2009 after a brief stint writing independently as a community blogger with the Seattle P-I. After graduating with honors from the University of Washington in 2012, he works as a transportation consultant. After a few terms on the board, his work moved him to Chicago (and away from STB) at the end of 2013.
John Jensen began contributing to the blog in 2008 in the run-up to the 2008 Prop. 1 transit package, and worked with Ben on the Mass Transit Now campaign. He grew up in the sprawl of Orange County, California before moving to the Puget Sound in 2003. A software engineer, John has lived in Redmond, Bellevue, and Capitol Hill. After serving as a board member and the blog’s first general manager, he stepped down in late 2011.
Erica C. Barnett is a longtime Seattle journalist and volunteered for us from 2015-16. In addition to her reporting here, you can find her writing on city politics and more at her blog, The C Is for Crank. Previously, she was a cofounder of PubliCola, the local politics blog, a staff writer and news editor at the Stranger, a reporter for Seattle weekly, and news editor at the Austin Chronicle. She grew up in Mississippi and in Houston, Texas, studied philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, and can frequently be seen on the 7.
Brian Bundridge lives in Kent. He is particularly interested in heavy rail and the technical aspects of rail operations, and volunteers on the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad in his spare time as a conductor or engineer. Brian originally ran his own Washington State Transportation blog, which was eventually merged with STB. His first stint ended in June 2010, and another in 2012-13.
Roger Valdez is a Seattle researcher and writer with a concentration on density and land use. He wrote extensively about land use for STB from 2011 to 2013. He spent most of the last two decades working on policy and politics in Olympia and at Seattle City Hall as a legislative staffer, lobbyist, writer, and sometimes campaign manager.
Matt Gangemi came to STB from Orphan Road and stepped down in 2013.
Garrett James Black was STB’s first intern in summer 2013. He wrote about transit issues for the Daily at the University of Washington for nearly two years.
Nick Lecarjegui was the first blogger to join Andrew at STB..
Eric Butler lives on Capitol Hill and focused on video contributions to the blog. He contributed from 2008 to 2010.
Gordon Werner lives in the Queen Anne neighborhood. His short-lived 2007 blog on airline operations at Seatac is integrated with the STB archives. He was also a contributor in mid-2010.
We frequently accept guest contributions by authors from all walks of life that meet our editorial standards. Well-known and/or expert figures like Seattle Mayors Greg Nickels, Mike McGinn, and Ed Murray, State Representative Marko Liias, Seattle City Councilmembers Sally Bagshaw, Tim Burgess, Richard Conlin, Lisa Herbold, Tom Rasmussen, and Peter Steinbrueck, Seattle City Council Candidate Brad Meacham, Bellevue City Councilmember John Chelminiak, Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond, Metro Director of Service Development Victor Obeso, Sound Transit executive Ric Ilgenfritz, former State Transportation Commissioner Virginia Gunby, onebusaway developers Brian Ferris and Caitlin Bonnar, Seattle Transit Riders Union organizer Katie Wilson, Rainier Valley Post editor Amber Campbell, the board of nonprofit organization Seattle Subway, and Transportation Choices Coalition Policy Associate Andrew Austin have written pieces here.
There are also guest pieces by private citizens Ross Bleakney, Tim Bond, Ben Broesamle, Alex Broner, Charles Cooper, Ricky Courtney, CAHSR Blog founder Robert Cruickshank, Aleksandra Culver, Ann Dasch, Joan Devraun, Al Dimond, former Metro driver Mark Dublin, Bruce Englehardt, Eric Feiveson, Stephen Fesler, Matt Fewins, Kevin Futhey, Neil Greenberg, Jeff Hammerquist, Bernie Hayden, KJ Hiramoto, Chris Karnes, Dan Kostelec, Joe Konzlar, Keith Kyle, Matt Loar, Jason Lu, Tim McCall, Wes Mills, Chad Newton, Mike Orr, Guy Palumbo, Kyle Rowe, David Seater, Jason Shindler, Mike Skehan, Sarah Snider, Renee Staton, Zach Stednick with Michael Logsdon, John Stewart, Carl Stork, Steve “Fnarf” Thornton, Jack Valko, Jake Vanderplas, Shane Valle, Jim Whitehead, Kate Whiting, Jonathon Morrison Winters, Ben Woosley, and Lu Zeng.
People interested in writing for the blog can save wasted effort by reading our guest post guidelines.