What I Read – Martha Kongsgaard

Martha Kongsgaard was born and raised in Napa, Calif., to a family of jurists, grape growers and cattle ranchers. Kongsgaard met Peter Goldman in law school, married him in 1988 when they founded the Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation. Her community activities currently include participation on the Washington Women’s Foundation, the national board and the executive committees of Earthjustice and IslandWood, where she is a founding board member. She recently chaired several major capital campaigns, including the Cascade Agenda, the expansion of IslandWood and the building of the LEED-certified Community Center at the New High Point. Kongsgaard has served as the president of Philanthropy Northwest and has spoken broadly about philanthropy and the environmental movement to wide and diverse audiences for the past 20 years. She is currently serving as Chair of the Leadership Council of the Puget Sound Partnership.  She has three sons and lives in West Seattle with her husband, an environmental public interest lawyer, Peter Goldman.

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1. What are your favorite local news outlets? Why?

West Seattle Blog to tell me why the ambulance just drove down my street;

West Seattle Herald to tell me about local schools – their administrators, school board members, and their students’ triumphs and challenges, for Its Police blotter, and to know who Ms. Hi-Yu will be this summer;

The Seattle Times, because it is there;

The Puget Sound Partnership’s press clippings;

Sightline’s aggregation of all things enviro;

PI on line, because i miss the old guard;

Publicola, because they are in the minute, young and opinionated (plus i can hear them on the other side of my wall at work);

The Stranger + Weekly when I can;

Eastside Business Journal if i were awake more hours;

Seattle Magazine, because it comes to me online which tells me who is wearing what (but not why).

Grist, but it’s not really local.

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2. What do you consider “must reads” every day? Must watch? Must hear?

The New York Times,

The Seattle Times,

(crossword puzzles in both)

Morning Edition and All things Considered.

CSPAN

Mike Allen’s Playlist

I’ve been known to watch FOX news;

[also read The New Yorker, The New York Times Review of Books;

The New Republic, now and again]

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What I read: Dann Mead Smith

Dann Mead Smith of the Washington Policy Center (http://www.washingtonpolicy.org) has led this independent public-policy think tank to a position of growing influence since he took over as WPC President in 2001. The Center, based in Seattle with satellite offices in Olympia and Eastern Washington, has more than doubled in size in the past decade and now has a staff of 17 and a $2 million operating budget. (Full Disclosure: I was Vice President of the organization when it was the Washington Institute for Policy Studies in the mid-1990s.) The WPC focuses on programs and activities that promote free-market solutions to state problems. Its fulltime research centers address education, environment, government reform, health care, small business, technology/telecommunications, and transportation issues. Its WashingtonVotes.org tracks all bills and votes in the state Legislature. Its “Policy Guide for Washington State” lays out 150 recommendations. Dann is on the board of trustees of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and a member of Seattle #4 Rotary. He was appointed by Gov. Christine Gregoire to the Washington State Performance Review Citizen Advisory Board, and the WPC was part of Gov. Gregoire’s budget committee that made recommendations for her proposed budget for the next biennium.

1. What are your favorite local news outlets? Why?

Puget Business Journal – they really have the best local coverage of both business and policy issues.  With the downsizing of staff at the local dailies, the PSBJ covers policy and legislative issues better than anyone.
TVW – not only do they provide  a great service with their coverage of the Legislative Session, but they also have great weekly shows that cover policy issues and they produce in-depth reports on what is happening in Olympia that affects all of us. Up Front with Robert Mak – no one covers local politics and issues better than Robert so it’s great to have him back on KING TV.  This is the last of the local issues shows on the major networks and the only place to go in-depth on local issues every Sunday.

2. What do you consider “must reads” every day? Must watch? Must hear?

I am still a fan of reading the actual newspaper vs. online, so I read The Seattle Times every day.  I also read the Puget Business Journal every week and try to catch “Up Front” on Sundays and “The John Carlson Show” on KOMO radio when I am in the car.  And I would add The Olympian during the legislative session as they have the best daily coverage.

3. Do you consume news through: print, television, radio, laptop, smart phone, ipad, podcasts, other?

Mostly via print and radio.

4. Do you use Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter for news and information?

I use Facebook and LinkedIn but not for much for my daily news, mainly just to connect and post information.

5. What online news sites or aggregators do you visit regularly?

I visit the Olympian during Session, sign up for the Puget Sound Business Journal’s daily email, and try to visit the Wall Street Journal’s OpinionJournal as often as I can.

6. Do you regularly visit any individual blogs for news, analysis and opinion?

I have to say both our Washington Policy Center blog, washingtonpolicyblog.org and our OlympiaPolicyWatch.org, because I think we really do break news and with the downsizing of the Capitol press bureau, you have only limited places to get your local news.  I also visit Sound Politics from time to time.

7. Have your news consumption habits changed in the last few years? If so, how?

I still prefer to read a newspaper but I definitely get more Information from the internet.

8. Do you read for fun? If so, what? Last novel you read? Non-fiction book?

After reading and editing public policy publications all day, I prefer not to read for fun when I get home from work.  I tend to read management-type books and the last one I read, which is great, is “6 Habits of Highly Successful Managers” by John Cioffi and Ken Willig.  The best way for me to relax is to read a music magazine and I have been hooked on NME and Q which are both from England.

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What are the information needs of the Puget Sound region?

Last month a group of local journalism creators/innovators/enthusiasts convened at the Alki Arts Studio in West Seattle to welcome Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow Lisa Skube. Skube has been trekking the country as part of her mission to accelerate the field of journalism in the digital media world, and she provided great fodder for discussion on the information needs of our community. WNC’s John Hamer and Jacob Caggiano took part in the brainshare hosted by Journalism that Matters.

There was talk of collaboration, platform fatigue, content management, relational impact, Facebook engagement, and even a funding success story with a dash of optimism thrown in for good measure.

Please check out Lisa’s video highlights of the evening and learn more about the work she is doing with RJI.

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What I Read: Dave Dederer

Presidents of the United States of America guitarist and singer Dave Dederer isn’t just a musician.

He’s also active in the business world. Dederer develops digital music projects for HP and oversees the Presidents’ business dealings. He calls himself “both a small business owner and a corporate soldier.”

Dederer’s reading list reflects his diverse interests. He’s regularly checking out NPR, local and national newspapers, magazines, tennis web sites, bike blogs, and novels.

So far, he’s still passing on Facebook and Twitter, neither of which he considers real news sources.

Here’s what Dederer told me about what he’s reading.

1. What are your favorite local news outlets? Why?

RIP, my all-time favorite local news source was Emmett Watson’s daily column in The P-I and The Seattle Times, in which he was forever championing his vision for Lesser Seattle.  We could use more Lesser Seattle these days.

I suppose I get most of my local news without realizing it, picking it up mixed in with the NPR programming on KUOW or KPLU.  I listen to the radio in the morning while shaving and such and I guess that’s where I find out about explosions and scandals and other must-know items, whether local or otherwise.

I tend to check in at seattletimes.com once a day to look at local news and local sports.  And I pick up The Stranger and the Seattle Weekly and give them each the three minutes they deserve once a week.  Got to stay au courant, you know.

2. What do you consider “must reads” every day? Must watch? Must hear?

The older I get the less I care about news in general.  If something truly important happens, I figure I’m going to hear about it.

That said, here are some things I look at absolutely every day:

  • nytimes.com‘s’ “most emailed” list — one or more of the articles is always worth reading; this is where I take the pulse of the nation, as it were, and stay up to date on national politics and opinion
  • digitalmusicnews.com‘s daily email newsletter — the most up-to-date oracle for my particular business sector
  • finance.yahoo.com — am I broke yet?
  • tennis.com home page — I took up tennis in earnest two years ago and I’m a pathetic, helpless addict

I end up listening to KUOW or KPLU every day at some point, and usually KING-FM, too, though not much news there, just actual music played by people with actual talent.

I never really thought about it before answering these questions, but I go WAY out of my way to tune into NPR, KBCS and KEXP for certain programs.  I listen to Car Talk and A Prairie Home Companion pretty much every week.  I love the funk and old school R&B on KBCS on Friday and Saturday nights, and I also like Tuesday night’s Americana Road Songs show and the transportive Hawaii Radio Connection Saturdays at noon.  My favorite KEXP program is also their longest-running: Saturday’s Positive Vibrations reggae show.

I don’t watch anything on a normal TV because we don’t have a TV.  On a good night, I get to watch All My Children on Hulu with my wife after our kids are asleep.

3. Do you consume news through: print, television, radio, laptop, smart phone, ipad, podcasts, other?

Yes!

4. Do you use Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter for news and information?

No!  “About to board flight to Houston” and “OMG we just ordered 50 shots of Jagermeister” don’t count as news to me.

5. What online news sites or aggregators do you visit regularly?

nytimes.com, seattletimes.com, billboard.biz, tennis.com, cyclingnews.com,

6. Do you regularly visit any individual blogs for news, analysis and opinion?

I’m a bike commuter and I very much enjoy local legend Kent Peterson’s Kent’s Bike Blog: http://kentsbike.blogspot.com/

7. Have your news consumption habits changed in the last few years? If so, how?

I realize in answering these questions that my news reading has gone from nearly 100% print 5-6 years ago to 100% digital today.  I think the only things I still regularly read in print are The Economist, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair.

8. Do you read for fun? If so, what? Last novel you read? Non-fiction book?

Yes, every day. This just in, kids, reading is FUN!

I read lots and lots of magazines.  More and more I read them or their equivalents online.  Disturbingly, often on my Palm Pre or iPod Touch while sitting in bed.

I just finished reading the galleys for my sister Claire Dederer’s forthcoming book, Poser: My Life in Twenty-Three Yoga Poses, due from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in a couple of months.  It’s a fine memoir — a memoir’s a risky proposition, especially when all the principals are still alive, as they are in this case — and I’m so proud of her.

My undergraduate degree is in American and English Literature.  I read almost nothing but novels from about age 12 until I finished my B.A.at 22.  I don’t believe I’ve read one since.  Wait a second, I take that back — at my mother’s recommendation, I recently read Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge, which I very much enjoyed.  But it didn’t make me want to read more novels and, in fact, reminded me in its greatness of just how bad most novels are.

Most of my reading focuses on figuring out how to get really good at whatever sport I’m currently obsessed with and/or how to be less of an asshole.  My recent tennis addiction has me reading and re-reading Winning Ugly by Brad Gilbert, Think To Win by Dr. Allen Fox, Open by Andrew Agassi, Hardcourt Confidential by Patrick McEnroe, etc., etc, etc. ad nauseam, except not to me and I can’t seem to find enough tennis books to feed my appetite.  On the asshole front, I lean toward the Zen approach and I’m currently re-reading Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now and A New Earth.  Not sure if it’s working, but I keep reading regardless.

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What I Read: Bill Stafford

Bill StaffordBill Stafford, founder and president of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, has a job that many people envy. He organizes trade missions and informational trips all over the world, taking groups of Seattle business, government, civic and media leaders to other countries and cities to learn lessons, forge alliances, make contacts — and have fun to boot! Some people have called these trips boondoggles, but they are more boon than doggle. (Full disclosure: When I was at The Seattle Times in the 1980s, I went on two “inter-city visits” organized by the TDA, to Atlanta and Tampa-St. Petersburg, and was on the first international trip in 1990, to Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Stuttgart. I wrote articles about these trips, noting that participants got to know each other better by traveling together and were thus able to work together more effectively when they returned to Seattle. I stand by that position.) The TDA is now a model and has been replicated by other cities around the U.S. and the world, who recognize the value of its efforts. Friends often say that Stafford picks places in the world where he has never been and wants to visit, then proposes a trip there — a charge he doesn’t deny. Stafford was once nicknamed (by Joni Balter of The Seattle Times) as the “Sultan of Schmooze” — a moniker he wears proudly. Stafford has worked for several Seattle Mayors, including Wes Uhlman, Charles Royer and Norm Rice. The Trade Alliance will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.

What are your favorite news outlets and why? The Seattle Times, Puget Sound Business Journal and Crosscut.com, for a variety of politics, business and general news. International Herald Tribune on the web for more international coverage.

What do you consider must reads every day? Must watch? Must hear? I read The Seattle Times, The New York Times and Financial Times. I watch TV if there is a story that has visuals.

Do you consume news through: print, television, radio, laptop, smart phone, ipad, podcasts, other? Print, radio on the way to work for breaking news, TV at times, and breaking news on the computer or iPhone from NYT, Washington Post, and PSBJ.

Do you use Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter for news and information? No.

What online news sites or aggregators do you visit regularly? Every morning I look at international newspaper web sites. I start with the International Herald Tribune followed by the Gulf News, China Daily, Japan Times, Korean Times, a UK newspaper, and sometimes Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Australia and locations for our trips.

Do regularly visit any individual blogs for news, analysis and opinion? Publicola for opinion and Neal Peirce’s “Citistates” for national commentary.

Have your news consumption habits changed in the last few years? If so, how? Nancy Grace has driven me from CNN although I watch some news programs. I miss the paper version of the Seattle PI and read it on occasion on the web at home and more when traveling.

Do you read for fun? If so, what? Last novel you read? Non-fiction book? The Betrayal of American Prosperity by Clyde Prestowitz, The Coldest Winter by David Halberstam, and Empires of the Sea by Roger Crowley. In fiction I like historical mysteries by Arturo Perez-Reverte and Treymane.

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What I Read: Nancy Leson

Nancy Leson is one serious reader.

The Seattle Times food columnist devours everything from the Wednesday food section of The New York Times to Seattle Weekly’s Voracious column to the daily print edition of The Seattle Times.

She’s also regularly listening to NPR, scrolling through news feeds on Twitter and Facebook, and surfing the web on her Macbook. Leson doesn’t own an iPad yet, but it’s on her wish list.

When she isn’t checking out food columns and other news, Leson is devouring novels, cookbooks, and nonfiction books. As one might expect of a writer and journalist, Leson is always reading.

Here are her thoughts on where she finds her news and entertainment:

1. What are your favorite local news outlets? Why?

I’m not only a Seattle Times columnist, I’m also a subscriber of 20 years longstanding, and I look forward to hearing the paper’s thump on my doorstep (if I’m lucky and the guy’s aim is good) at o’dark-thirty each morning. While I drink coffee and read the Seattle Times, my husband sips tea and reads the New York Times (ditto on the subscription, and the thump), which I regularly scour for great local news, like the swell story I read last week about the family that lives (who knew?) at the top of the Smith Tower. I’m also a big fan of our local NPR affiliates KPLU (jazz with Dick Stein, plus Terry Gross? nothin’ bettah!) and KUOW (national news and Marcie Sillman? dig that, too).

2. What do you consider “must reads” every day? Must watch? Must hear?

My Twitter feed: I “follow” a wide world of food writers, food folks and journalists, and I consider them my personal clipping service: they’re always good for the “gotta-read-it” links to all the news I need to know. Plus, I get lots of fodder for my blog from news that breaks on a variety of neighborhood blogs — which I also follow via Twitter. I don’t watch any TV (if you don’t count downloading Grey’s Anatomy via Netflix — dirty little secret!) and I try valiantly to ignore the sound of the anime channel my kid’s so fond of. I’m crazy for radio and think there’s nothing like it, and I can’t tell you how many times I have those “driveway moments” listening to one story or another on NPR (you know, where you’re so engrossed in a tale, it doesn’t matter that you’ve pulled into your driveway because you want to hear every last word of it). I much appreciate shows like “This American Life,” “Fresh Air,” “The Splendid Table” and other weekly and daily features, which I catch-as-catch-can.

3. Do you consume news through: print, television, radio, laptop, smart phone, ipad, podcasts, other?

I used to roll my eyes at people who always have their face stuck in a laptop or smart phone, but since I switched over to the Dark Side and hooked up with a new MacBook Pro and (be still my beating heart!) wireless access at home, I find myself consuming much more news electronically. I have an iPhone, but rarely read news on it and I’m jonesing for an iPad, big-time. At heart, though, I’m a print fiend, and subscribe to at least a dozen magazines (the great majority are food-related). I relish the crazy-long in-depth pieces in the New Yorker (and wish I had more time to read it), never miss the Wednesday food section in the New York Times, and always check out the competition’s food coverage at Seattle Weekly, Seattle Magazine and Seattle Metropolitan.

4. Do you use Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter for news and information?

Yes to Twitter (see above), and Facebook, which I’m relatively new to. I very much like the ease with which I can see video via Facebook, whether it’s the news clips I didn’t catch on TV (see: anime) or the funny stuff (Obama: the Musical? Dyin’ here.) I’m on LinkedIn, but rarely check it.

5. What online news sites or aggregators do you visit regularly?

I don’t visit many with regularity (The Seattle Times notwithstanding), but do occasionally check in to Serious Eats, Culinate and a few other food-oriented sites. Also: the journalism news-site Romenesko

6. Do you regularly visit any individual blogs for news, analysis and
opinion?

Seattle Weekly’s Voracious blog for food news: they’ve got a hefty stable of writers, and offer a lot of posts on a variety of food- and drink-related news and opinion, though I could live without the sex-related food content. (“Huh?” you say. Exactly.)

7. Have your news consumption habits changed in the last few years? If so,
how?

Most definitely: see laptop/wireless usage, above.

8. Do you read for fun? If so, what? Last novel you read? Non-fiction book?

Do I read for fun? Are you kidding? Yes. Always. But still not often enough. I have stacks of cookbooks and food-reference books on tables everywhere, and read them the way other people read novels. Speaking of which: the last novel I read (and it was fabulous) was “The Man in the Wooden Hat.” No relation to “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by the way. Non-fiction? I’m struggling through “Salt in our Blood: The Memoir of a Fisherman’s Wife.” OK, now ask me which book I recently read that I’d like to read again, immediately. That would be “The Help.” And which non-fiction book I’d suggest you read. That would be “The Last Days of Haute Cuisine,” by L.A.-based food writer Patric Kuh.

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What I Read: Christine Chen

Seattleites came to know Christine Chen as a news anchor on KCPQ-13.

These days, she’s left her television career behind to run her own communications and public relations firm, Chen Communications. (Small disclosure: In the past I did website copy for a client of Chen Communications, but no longer work for them). Chen doesn’t miss her time in front of the camera, and instead relishes the fact that she’s now her own boss and can put her business smarts to work.

Though she no longer works as a journalist, Chen is no less up on the news. She’s a regular at online news sites, Twitter, blogs, and every other possible media outlet. Chen figures she needs to be current on communication trends if she wants to pass on the best advice to clients.

When not reading about current events, the devoted yogi can be found curled up with books on yoga instruction.

Here are Chen’s responses on what she’s reading:

1. What are your favorite local news outlets? Why?
My favorite local news outlets, as always, are ones that honor traditional fact-checking best practices and training to balance out the speed of today’s information gathering… ones that are thoughtful/contextual with their local coverage for their own specific audiences.  With the proliferation of many hyper-local news sites and twitter feeds for news consumption, trust/credibility remains paramount.  Listen/watch with an educated filter.  Who’s talking?  Why?  How?

2. What do you consider “must reads” every day? Must watch? Must hear?
Must read: 1) USA Today for efficient, mainstream roundup of stories-it’s so quick, 2) WSJ Marketplace – fantastic take on consumer-facing topics, 3) what my friends on Facebook are discussing, linking to, commenting on.. because I have many smart friends in/from the media world, and 4) Entertainment Weekly to clear my brain of all the news clutter.   I’ll admit it.  This is pure junk reading of the best kind.   It also works for some client work, as well. :)

3. Do you consume news through: print, television, radio, laptop, smart phone, ipad, podcasts, other?
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes +++  Build the mix that works for you!  Just listen carefully and use your Brain (capital B). Then, turn it off periodically to let it rest and have fresh perspective for a whole new round.

4. Do you use Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter for news and information?
Yes.  In so many different ways – for myself and for clients.  But, I think it’s important to make sure these tools don’t take over your full range of communication.  It’s still important to talk (really!) to people for information and look around for other perspectives.  Integrate!  I learn more, leverage more, share more, and grow more by connecting with the larger information ecosystem.

5. What online news sites or aggregators do you visit regularly?
This varies widely.  Usually, I’m searching for work-related/client topics I hear about through various people/channels.  Then, I follow the flow of the information. My info journey is different each day.

6. Do you regularly visit any individual blogs for news, analysis and opinion?
This varies widely – my time is usually spent gathering useful info for client work, so blog visitation usually depends on projects.  Right now, I’m working on two video game industry projects, so I’m reading “fan boi” and consumer electronics blogs a lot.  I’m also working with an international hospital, so…health blogs.

7. Have your news consumption habits changed in the last few years? If so, how?
For many years, my job was in local news as an aggregator, so I absorbed a ton of information across a range of topics, at rapid pace, aggregating/editing it for delivery to viewers.  Today, that same “habit” is more focused on specific news topics for clients.  There’s still rapid absorption, but the aggregation is used a little differently in the execution of projects.

8. Do you read for fun? If so, what? Last novel you read? Non-fiction book?
Currently, I’m training for yoga instruction, so I’m reading several yoga-related books simultaneously, such as: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (a Hindu scripture and foundational text of yoga ) and The Language of Yoga (learning actual sanskrit).  The last non-fiction book I read was What She’s Not Telling You (what women don’t say in focus groups and why it brings consumer marketing to its knees).  The last fictional book I read was a gift from my husband:  The Art of Racing in the Rain by Seattle author, Garth Stein.  The cover featured a golden retriever that looks just like my dog, but the dog in the book isn’t a golden retriever.  (Hmm…Marketing?)
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What I Read: Ben Huh

By launching the popular I Can Has Cheezburger sites, tech entrepreneur Ben Huh made LOLcats and epic Fails household terms. All around the world, web surfers looking for a quick laugh visit the Cheezburger Network for photos of animals, people doing stupid things, misspelled signs, and other quirky topics.

But that doesn’t mean Huh, a former journalist, spends all of his time searching for comic inspiration. While Huh goes to a Cheezburger site, The Daily What, for pop culture news, he’s also a regular online visitor of news sites ranging from The New York Times to the Seattle tech news site TechFlash. And when he finally gets off the laptop, he can be found picking up a copy of The Economist.

Here’s what Ben Huh is reading:

1. What are your favorite local news outlets? Why?

Seattle P-I. I think their experiment and transformation into an online-only newspaper is fascinating to watch.

2. What do you consider “must reads” every day? Must watch? Must hear?

I read one of our sites, The Daily What (http://thedailywh.at), for all my Internet Culture news. After that, I read the NYT or whomever surfaces via Twitter.

3. Do you consume news through: print, television, radio, laptop, smart phone, ipad, podcasts, other?

Mostly via my iPhone and laptop.

4. Do you use Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter for news and information?

Twitter is the one I use the most.

5. What online news sites or aggregators do you visit regularly?

I visit Techmeme and TechFlash for my tech biz news. I visit The Daily What for Internet Culture and CNN and NYT for the main stream news.

6. Do you regularly visit any individual blogs for news, analysis and opinion?

No, it really depends on what’s being filtered to me.

7. Have your news consumption habits changed in the last few years? If so, how?

90% of all information is gathered via the Web. The remainder comes through analysis in magazines (The Economist and The Week).

8. Do you read for fun? If so, what? Last novel you read? Non-fiction book?
I don’t read for fun, per se. I do that enough online. :)

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What I Read: Tom Douglas

Tom Douglas is a busy man. The Seattle celebrity chef runs seven restaurants, including the recently opened Seatown Snackbar near Pike Place Market. Douglas’ team is also building out new bread and pastry bakeries in South Lake Union.

Yet the time-pressed restauranteur still finds time for traditional news. Though Douglas dabbles in new technologies, he still prefers the good old fashioned print editions of the Seattle Times and New York Times. He leaves tweeting and blogging to one of his staff members, and while he bought an iPad, he almost never uses it.

Here are Douglas’ responses to my questions on what he’s reading.

What are your favorite local news outlets? Why?
For local, I go to MyNorthwest.com. I got in the habit because I was on the air on Saturday for KIRO for six years. It became the place I went to for local news. I left KIRO in April, but I still read MyNorthwest. I also watch KING-5 and NW Cable News when I can.

What do you consider “must reads” every day? Must watch? Must hear?
I get up every morning, go to the newspaper box, and get the Seattle Times and New York Times. I get up early just so I have time to read the paper with coffee.

Do you consume news through: print, television, radio, laptop, smart phone, ipad, podcasts, other?
I don’t use an iPhone, iPad, or laptop to surf the news. If I’m online, I use a desktop computer. I own an iPad but I never use it. I thought I’d read emails on it when walking between restaurants, but I never carry it with me.

Do you use Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter for news and information?
I don’t use Twitter or Facebook. I have a person on my staff who handles all of that and blogs for me.

What online news sites or aggregators do you visit regularly?

I like to visit Yahoo for the top stories of the day.

Do you regularly visit any individual blogs for news, analysis and opinion?

I visit the Serious Eats food blog once in a while. The founder is my pal and the co-writer on my second book. I’m rooting for him to succeed. I try not to read too much commentary online. I’m in a very social business, and I’ve found it’s better to not pay too much attention to the comments and chatter on City Search and Yelp.

Have your news consumption habits changed in the last few years? If so, how?
I miss getting the P-I. I miss having that alternative viewpoint. I am a big believer in newspapers.

Do you read for fun? If so, what? Last novel you read? Non-fiction book?
I listen to a ton of books. I tend to read nonfiction. I’ve been reading The Big Short by Michael Lewis and Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. I also collect old books from antique book stores.

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What I Read: Tom Skerritt

When I arranged an afternoon coffee session with actor, screenwriter, and TheFilmSchool teacher and founder Tom Skerritt, my main objective was finding out about progress and growth at the school. I realized, though, that I could also tap Skerritt for our weekly “What I Read” column. I wondered if Skerritt, who is part of the older generation yet remains in contact with young Hollywood, had embraced social media or any of the newer sources of information.

The answer is decidedly no. Skerritt doesn’t pay much attention to Facebook and Twitter, doesn’t spend much time online, and still prefers news delivery in old fashioned mediums. For this actor, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal are still the place to go.

What are your favorite local news outlets? Why?
PBS, Jim Lehrer, straight forward news. No local news outlet preference….

What do you consider “must reads” every day? Must watch? Must hear?
Try to read both NY Times and Wall Street Journal for balance and fuller reference on points of view….. Listening confined mostly to NPR, 88.5

Do you consume news through: print, television, radio, laptop, smart phone, ipad, podcasts, other?
Very little cyberspace interaction regarding news….

Do you use Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Twitter for news and information?
I do not use any of these mediums, nor anything that requires my info.

What online news sites or aggregators do you visit regularly?
None.

Do you regularly visit any individual blogs for news, analysis and opinion?
No

Have your news consumption habits changed in the last few years? If so, how?
News consumption habits are unchanged, but the style of news broadcasting has.  Too much bullshit focus.

Do you read for fun? If so, what? Last novel you read? Non-fiction book?
I write too much to have draw to read.  Last book I read is Michael Lewis’ THE BIG SHORT.  With few exceptions, love non-fiction.

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