Daniel Walters covers the far right, the radical left and the beleaguered democratic institutions caught in the middle for InvestigateWest, an investigative nonprofit in the Pacific Northwest.
He previously spent 15 years as a reporter for the Inlander, the alt-weekly in Spokane, Washington, where he’s covered a slew of different beats, including city hall, politics, religion, business, and education. In that role, he won first-place national alt-weekly awards for extremism reporting with his 2020 cover story about the rise of vigilantism; for immigration reporting with his harrowing account of an Afghan’s failed attempt to escape his country after it fell to the Taliban; for education reporting with his exposé of Idaho’s failure to send its high school graduates to college; and for food writing for his deeply reported explanation of exactly why amateur chefs shouldn’t set their laptop on a hot stove burner.
Before that, he was a student at Whitworth University, where, as opinions editor for his college paper, he banned his writers from using semicolons.
Beat: Democracy & extremism in the Northwest
This investigative reporter covers extremism, disinformation and other threats to democracy in the Pacific Northwest. Our newsroom works remotely across the region, and candidates for this position can work remotely anywhere in the state of Washington, Oregon or Idaho.