Nate Bowling Podcast Takeover – with special guest Melissa Santos

Marguerite Giguere
/ March 9, 2017
Nate Bowling, 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year, is taking over the Move to Tacoma Podcast for a couple episodes. His first guest is News Tribune reporter Melissa Santos, who primarily covers Washington state politics.

Special Guest Melissa Santos

  • Moving to Tacoma Melissa lived in the Bostwick building downtown (across from City Hall) when she first moved to Tacoma. She's spending a lot of time in Olympia covering the legislature right now and is starting to feel like there's a backlog of places she's missing out on in Tacoma.
  • Local Journalism Melissa worked at The News Tribune in 2010 and then again starting in 2012. She shares some of the changes that have happened in media since then: fewer resources for coverage, increased engagement on Twitter, and more ways to cover news (like shooting video).
  • Covering the Legislature in 2017 With attention on the federal level, it's harder to grab attention for stories about local and state politics and policies. This year, the big story is the fight to approve a budget that will comply with the McCleary court decision from 2012—which gives it a high likelihood of extending past its regular April deadline.
  • What to look for during the rest of session How will the conservative-held State Senate and liberal-held State Republicans come to a consensus about their budget? How will this affect local tax rates in the 295 school districts around the state? How will the State Supreme Court react to their budget? What happens if the court determines that the budget doesn't meet the goals they set in McCleary?
  • What are Melissa's favorite things to do in Tacoma? Eating a hot dog at the Red Hot! And wandering around Wright Park.

Nate Bowling, 2016 Washington State Teacher of the Year, is taking over the Move to Tacoma Podcast for a couple episodes. His first guest is News Tribune reporter Melissa Santos, who primarily covers Washington state politics. She talks about what’s happening in the state legislature this year as they try to come up with a plan to address the needs identified by the Washington State Supreme Court in the McCleary decision (as well as the regular budget process).

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