She Wanted To Report The Truth, And Ended Up A War Correspondent In Her Own Country

Meet four incredibly tough women journalists in a town once called the "murder capital" of the world. They describe their work, and also why they keep doing it. Fair warning: The video contains very graphic footage of the aftermath of violence.

The scene is set starting at 3:10, when one journalist describes what happened when the military arrived to "help." The journalists interview residents about whether they think politicians can help stop the violence (the one at 19:39 is great), and highlight a very cool campaign they created (at 20:45) to get the attention of people in power. At 27:30 you'll get big goose bumps as one journalist gives a very creepy tour of things she found left behind by police at crime scenes. Underneath all the chaos, there’s an astounding commitment to — and faith in — the city. This is nicely summed up at the end, and further justified by this recent New York Times article, documenting the return of life in the streets.

I live in Washington, the state with the first official outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. While my family lives several hours from Seattle, it was alarming to be near the epicenter—especially early in the pandemic when we knew even less about the coronavirus than we know now.

As tracking websites went up and statistics started pouring in, things looked hairy for Washington. But not for long. We could have and should have shut everything down faster than we did, but Governor Inslee took the necessary steps to keep the virus from flying completely out of control. He's consistently gotten heat from all sides, but in general he listened to the infectious disease experts and followed the lead of public health officials—which is exactly what government needs to do in a pandemic.

As a result, we've spent the past several months watching Washington state drop from the #1 hotspot down to 23rd in the nation (as of today) for total coronavirus cases. In cases per million population, we're faring even better at number 38. We have a few counties where outbreaks are pretty bad, and cases have slowly started to rise as the state has reopened—which was to be expected—but I've felt quite satisfied with how it's been handled at the state level. The combination of strong state leadership and county-by-county reopenings has born statistically impressive results—especially considering the fact that we didn't have the lead time that other states did to prepare for the outbreak.

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