Edmonds Rotary has gone virtual while we are under Snohomish County’s Phase 2 guidelines. We're still meeting every Tuesday at noon – but we're doing it via Zoom. If you would like to attend, contact us at https://www.edmondsrotary.com/contact for a Zoom invitation/ID.
August 18 Speaker: Chris Ingalls,
KING 5 TV Investigative Reporter
Ingalls is the recipient of the 2020 Don Bolles Medal from IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors). The medal recognizes investigative journalists who have exhibited extraordinary courage in standing up against intimidation or efforts to suppress the truth about matters of public importance. This year’s recipients, Ingalls and three other reporters from across the country, were all intimidated and threatened by extremist groups in retaliation for their reporting. Ingalls’ reporting centered on a small extremist group based in Arlington that led to an FBI roundup of members in Florida, Texas, Colorado and here. It’s called Atomwaffen, German for atomic weapon, and it gets its inspiration from the likes of Adolph Hitler and Charles Manson.
Ingalls enjoys digging beneath the surface to uncover important stories. His investigations have led to several new laws in Washington that: keep guns out of the hands of felons and domestic abusers, target businesses that are cheating the welfare system, uncover corruption at state-licensed drug and alcohol treatment centers, improve monitoring of offenders serving sentences on home detention.
Additionally, KING 5 TV has just received the Bunting Award from the WA Coalition of Open Government for Ingalls’ stories that uncovered the full extent of the mold problem Seattle Children’s Hospital (seven patients have died since 2001).