The IE has 2 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!
Travis Quezon (Editor in Chief) was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and received his education at Punahou School, Kapiolani Community College, and the University of Hawaii, where he earned a degree in English. In Hawaii, Travis has been the managing editor and interim editor of the Honolulu Weekly and executive editor The Hawaii Independent. He received a Hawaii Publishers PAI award for enterprise reporting on Honolulu’s homeless communities in 2008. In 2009, Travis worked as a communications specialist for Hawaii State Representative Mele Carroll, who at the time was chair of the House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs. Travis has also worked as a freelance journalist for Reuters and Bloomberg covering a variety of international stories, including the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings, and reported during numerous occasions in the White House press pool covering President Barack Obama. Upon moving to Seattle in 2012, Travis worked as a graphic designer and copy editor while regularly freelance writing for community newspapers such as Queen Anne & Magnolia News, City Living Seattle, Northwest Asian Weekly, and the International Examiner. Travis came on board as Editor in Chief of the International Examiner in October 2013.
Lexi Potter (Community Relations Manager) has worked with the International Examiner since June 2015. Born and raised in Seattle, Lexi earned a BA in Anthropology with first class honors from the University of Auckland in 2013. She is passionate about Seattle’s International District and the API community. In addition to managing advertising, distribution, and assisting with event planning and development at the International Examiner, Lexi has coordinated projects including the Kip Tokuda “Connecting the Lessons of History” grant. Lexi periodically writes for the IE, and is an avid board gamer and amateur gardener in her spare time.
Ellen Suzuki (Business Manager) has contributed as the IE Business Manager for nearly two decades. She has two granddaughters she loves very much, loves to garden, cook and bake delicious goodies.
Alan Lau (Arts Editor) is an artist, poet, and retired grocer. He served the Asian 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. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and national and international shows.
Chetanya Robinson (Assistant Editor) has been a regular writer for the IE since fall 2015. 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, KCTS9 Earthfix, The Seattle Globalist and more, and he interned with a newspaper in Sierra Leone, West Africa in summer 2016. He enjoys reporting on an eclectic range of topics, especially cultural identity and the environment. You can follow him on Twitter at @chetanyarobins.
Bif Brigman (Fellowship Program Manager)
Mitsue Cook (Fellowship Engagement Coordinator) was born in Honolulu, Hawai’i and attended St. Andrew’s Priory School for Girls, which was founded by Queen Emma of the Kingdom of Hawai’i. She attended University of Hawaii and California State University at San Francisco. She was a Resident Fellow at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Mitsue has taught at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam and Stanford University. She has conducted innovative group trainings at Hanoi National University, Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (ASEAN) and Handong International University in South Korea and in the U.S. As a freelance writer, Mitsue has written for The Gioi Publishing Company in Hanoi, Vietnam; the Honolulu Advertiser; the Honolulu Weekly; and the International Examiner. She was also a writer for Senator Donna Ikea who headed the Senate’s Ways and Means Committee of the Hawaiian Legislature. Mitsue is a member of Journalism That Matters, a national transformative journalism network for community engagement.
Heidi Park (Grantwriter) is a former Vice President of the IE Board and is a contract grantwriter for the IE. She also works at the YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish as a Political Strategist. Heidi is a graduate of the National Urban Fellows program with a Master’s degree in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch, School of Public Affairs.
Christine Smet (Digital Marketing Intern) was born and raised in Southern California. She moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, where she is currently a junior. She has been involved with organizations on and off campus, such as the UW Dream Project, Anakbayan Seattle, and API Chaya.
Distributors: Maryross Olanday, Stephany Hernandez, Makayla Dorn, Antonia Dorn, Joshua Kelso, Kat Punzalan, Kristen Navaluna, Eli Savitt.
Anakin Fung (Digital Media Specialist) is a recent graduate of the University of Washington, and majored in Communication and Political Science. He was born and raised in Hong Kong, and now calls Seattle home. He likes photography and almost every kinds of sport.
Alia Marsha (Editor at Large) is a graduate of University of Washington Bothell where she was the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper Husky Herald. Her work has also appeared on the TheNation.com, the International Examiner, and The Northwest Asian Weekly. She is originally from Jakarta, Indonesia.
Rhea Panela (Editor at Large) is a student majoring in Journalism with minors in English and Diversity at the University of Washington. She was named one of the inaugural Husky 100, a group of 100 undergraduate and graduate students from all three UW campuses (Tacoma, Bothell, and Seattle) who have shown dedication in the areas of service, leadership, and diversity both on campus and beyond. Born and raised in Beacon Hill, she can fluently speak the Filipino dialect Ilocano and has a fluent understanding of Tagalog. She started as an intern for the IE in March 2016 and was also a summer digital content production intern at KCTS 9 for a youth media program called What’s Good 206.
Cathy You (Multimedia Intern) was born and raised in China until the age of 16, and has been in the U.S. for six years. Cathy is studying both Communication and Economics at the University of Washington. A Self-taught photographer, Cathy wishes to work as a visual journalist one day.
Izumi Hansen (Editor at Large)
Anna Carriveau (Copy Editor)
Isaac Liu (Staff Photographer)