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.

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.

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.

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, as well as in national and international shows.



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.

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.

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.

Yukino Kumada (Digital Media and Marketing Intern) was born and raised in Japan and is a student majoring in economics at the Yokohama City University. She is studying Business at Bellevue College on exchange through March. She likes editing video and traveling.




Distributors: Maryross Olanday, Stephany Hernandez, Makayla Dorn, Antonia Dorn, Joshua Kelso, Kat Punzalan, Kristen Navaluna, Vincent Trey, Eli Savitt, Raleigh Haavig.


Former / Recurring Staff

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, 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.

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.

Izumi Hansen (Editor at Large)

Anna Carriveau (Copy Editor)

Isaac Liu (Staff Photographer)