Eric Ruthford's Work Samples

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News journalism work

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I’ve got six years of experience as a professional journalist. As I was finishing college, I worked for several newspapers, mostly in Washington state, including the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Herald of Everett, and The Tri-City Herald in Kennewick. Over the past three or four years, I’ve done some freelance work for The Pacific Northwest Inlander in Spokane, Wash., and the Seattle PostGlobe, a news Web site started after the closure of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

In this page, I’ll start with the most recent work and include links or pdfs of the articles.
For the Seattle PostGlobe, I put together a package of articles about commercial sexual exploitation of children in Seattle and a new home opened by YouthCare of Seattle to rescue children who have been exploited by pimps. This series of articles explores the experience of a child going through exploitation, the purpose and structure of the house (which is at a secret location), and how law enforcement has changed its attitude towards children who are involved in prostitution. Here’s a link to the first article in the series. Links to the other articles in the series are at the bottom of that one. This published in November 2010. I promoted the article through, a fundraising web site that allows journalists to propose story ideas and ask for donors to support them.

Another series of articles I published in the summer of 2010 for the Seattle PostGlobe was about the King County 10-year Plan to End Homelessness, which was about halfway through at that point. The article found that while some new complexes of housing units were opening, few thought that homeless shelters were going to be able to close by 2014.¬† Here’s a link to the first article in that series. It was a two-parter, also promoted through

Back when I was living in Spokane, I wrote an article for the Inlander on a researcher trying to domesticate the wild mountain huckleberry. This article describes the challenges of being in the huckleberry business, and what a challenging fruit it is to grow at home.

I also got to write an article about The Cat Tales Zoological Training Center in Spokane. (My wife was studying there, although the article is not about her.) Zookeepers are a unique breed of person, who endure all kinds of hard work so that they can be part of preserving and protecting rare animals. Here’s a pdf of the article.

As daily news journalist, I got to write articles on all kinds of topics, from government, to crime, to sea otters, to dentists. When I was at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, my favorite article was about the visit of the USS Squall to Seattle for Seafair.

A few other I can link to include an article about Ruth Velozo retiring from Northwest Harvest and a short but humorous article about a dental device that can stop snoring.

For the Herald of Everett, I worked in the state Capitol bureau, writing articles about the Washington state legislature. This article is about bills that got introduced in the 2000 session on the subject of protecting vulnerable adults in response to the abuse of Linda David.


Written by ericruthford

May 8, 2011 at 2:23 am

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