Our new reporter will cover working class issues


Meet Ian Davis-Leonard, our newest staff member. Ian grew up in Everett, attended Everett High School and graduated this spring from Gonzaga University where he edited the school newspaper.

Ian comes to The Daily Herald through Report for America, a national service initiative that seeks to place talented young journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities.

At The Daily Herald, Ian will focus on the working class, a segment of our community whose stories often go untold. That includes struggles with housing, employment, transportation, education, mental health, immigration, addiction, homelessness and a litany of other problems that plague a population that more and more finds itself seemingly left behind.

We hope to examine the impact that political and social policy have on the working class, and document the daily effort required to get and stay ahead in one of the nation’s richest and most expensive metropolitan areas.

Under the program, The Herald pays a quarter of Ian’s salary while Report for America pays half. The remainder must come from you, the local community.

We’re proud to partner with Report for America, and to support the next generation of journalists.

And we’re happy to welcome Ian as a member of our team.

If you believe in local journalism, if you believe in The Daily Herald, if you believe in Ian, consider contributing.