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.

Email: stevedunkel@tacomaweekly.com

19 May 2016

Munn feels the burn during fundraising roast

That smell of smoke wafting through Lakewood and University Place last Saturday wasn’t a community picnic or forest fire. It was Lakewood Playhouse’s Managing Artistic Director John Munn in the hot seat during a celebrity roast to mark the 50th birthday of the theater’s building and raise money for youth theater programs. Read More

12 May 2016

Search for lead in water continues, spread to other areas

The trickle down effects of Tacoma Water finding lead in its water system in April that then prompted Tacoma Public Schools and Metro Parks Tacoma to test their facilities has rippled to surrounding school districts.
Tests of water at park water fountains and facilities have so far shown no lead contamination. Suburban…

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21 April 2016

Comment period on proposed Transit plan arrives next week

The next stop in the planned Sound Transit 3 package that is bound for the November ballot comes on April 29. That’s the deadline for public comment on draft roster of mass transit projects that includes Sounder rail service between Federal Way and Tacoma and a light rail extension from downtown Tacoma to Tacoma Community…

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14 April 2016

Troubles continue to mount for planned methanol plant

The president of Northwest Innovation Works, the company behind the controversial natural gas-to-methanol plant in the offing for Tacoma’s tideflats, was set to speak at the Fife-Milton-Edgewood Chamber of Commerce this week. He was set to talk about the benefits of what is planned to be the world’s largest plant of its…

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31 March 2016

Tacoma Schools continue to make strides in most areas

Spreadsheets and partnerships are doing what text books and class instruction couldn't do alone. Students in Tacoma Public Schools are largely learning more, passing more classes and increasingly looking at their educational options for after they graduate.
"The bottom line is that what gets measured gets done,…

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24 March 2016

Family, Tribe march for answers in woman’s death

Upward of 500 people marched two miles from Puyallup tribal land to the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Tacoma on March 16 to raise awareness of their concerns about the death of Jacqueline D. Salyers, a 33-year-old Puyallup Tribal member and mother. Salyers was shot to death by Tacoma Police on Jan. 28 during an incident…

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10 March 2016

Save our Water files charter change to stop methanol plant

Save Our Water, the group that wants to stop the proposed methanol plant on the Tacoma tideflats, has filed a charter change amendment with the Tacoma City Clerk that is gathering signatures to be placed on the November ballot.
The initiative will amend Tacoma’s City Charter to enable Tacoma voters to express their…

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The Daily MashUp

7 December 2016

Pierce Transit to offer free buses to Tacoma Dome memorial service for Officer Gutierrez

A memorial service for Tacoma Police Officer Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez will…Read More

6 December 2016

Flower donations for Memorial Service of fallen officer will be accepted at Tacoma Dome

Flower deliveries for the memorial service  for Tacoma Police Officer Reginald…Read More