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.


8 October 2015

Tacoma’s future could look a lot like its past

The early years of Tacoma’s growth around the turn of the last century saw strips of small businesses on street level storefronts with the proprietors living above their shops. That practice largely disappeared with the advent of suburban living, shopping malls and chain stores.
But that past could be part of Tacoma’s…

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1 October 2015

Tacoma Rail chugs along

The slow times at Tacoma Rail, caused by the economic downturn of years passed, are gone as national and international shipping operations on the tideflats increase. That rise in traffic means the city-owned Tacoma Rail operations are chugging along at an increased pace.
“We are slowly coming out of the Great Recessionary…

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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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The Daily MashUp

2 May 2016

May is Puget Sound Starts Here Month

The City of Tacoma is teaming up with more than 750 organizations across the…Read More

29 April 2016

Unsheltered homelessness up 37 percent in Pierce County

Pierce County has seen a dramatic rise in homelessness over the last 12 months.…Read More