Steve Dunkelberger

has been a journalist in Washington for more than 15 years. He is a historian and book author. He is also a media contest judge for Sigma Delta Chi, the national fraternity for journalists.


1 October 2015

‘Oliver’ opens TMP season

Tacoma Musical Playhouse is set for a must-see season if their opener, “Oliver” – a musical retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale “Oliver Twist” – is any indication.
What stood out overall in the production was the polish in the set and light design that amplified the already stellar voices up and…

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24 September 2015

Link expansion gains $2 million federal grant

Plans to expand Tacoma’s Link light rail from its downtown stretch to Hilltop got a boost from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), which awarded a $2 million grant that will fund transit-oriented development planning efforts along the future route. The grant will help the city foster smart, affordable development…

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24 September 2015

City council reconfirms TPU director amid Click controversy

Tacoma City Council voted 7-1 to keep Bill Gaines as the executive director of Tacoma Public Utilities in a reconformation process voters gave the council in the the charter review process a year ago.
Only Councilmember Anders Ibsen opposed the reappointment, and Mayor Marilyn Strickland was absent to attend activities…

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2 September 2015

Click’s future hinges on vision versus risks

The future of the city-owned Click! Cable Network won’t likely come down to a simple look at the dollars and cents on an accountant’s ledger because those numbers seem clear. Leasing the system to a private company that would then provide cable, phone and Internet services on it pencils out fastest and has the least financial…

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25 August 2015

Billboard battle preps to end by winter

News from the frontline in the city’s battle over billboards around Tacoma’s skyline suggests that the decades-old war could be coming to an end. City staffers have folded the city’s Working Group on Billboard Regulations into a roster of recommendations to the City Council that are slated for a vote by year’s end. Read More

18 August 2015


If voters have anything to say on the matter, plans for Pierce County’s $230 million facility on Tacoma’s Pacific Avenue hillside has at least an uncertain future.
An advisory vote on the Aug. 4 ballot tallied 55 percent “no” votes on whether county officials should move forward with the project.


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28 July 2015

Primary ballots due by Aug. 4

Ballots are due Tuesday, Aug. 4 for the Primary Election of who will move on to the General Election in November. The primary could also decide the fate of the controversial idea of consolidating many of Pierce County’s governmental services into a yet-to-be constructed building on the site of the former Puget…

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28 July 2015

Filing police reports online just got easier

Tacoma now has a revamped system for people to report petty crimes, and the system could include even more features with help from the people who use it.

The City of Tacoma’s online crime-reporting system has been available for a decade. The new system, called Tacoma Safe that launched over the weekend,…

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The Daily MashUp

5 February 2016

Father sentenced to 70 years in infant’s beating death

Dwayne Patrick Cowart, 32, was sentenced to 840 months in prison for beating…Read More

4 February 2016

Tacoma Municipal Court Judge David Ladenburg announces bid for Superior Court

Tacoma Municipal Court Judge David Ladenburg has announced his candidacy for…Read More