Jean Godden

Jean Godden wrote columns first for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and later for the Seattle Times. In 2003, she quit to run for Seattle City Council where she served 12 years. She now writes for Westside Seattle and has been a co-host on The Bridge, aired on community radio station KMGP. You can email tips and comments to Jean at

How Bellingham Became a Three-Newsroom Town

Having a vigorous rival often brings out the best in news coverage.

Lis Smith: My Political Love Story

“You can have a good year – a great candidate, a winning campaign, accolades for being a strategic genius and feel like you’re on top of the world. Then you turn around and get completely shellacked and you question why you’re even in the business."

When Queen Elizabeth came to Seattle

The sighting was something special for Seattle, which in the 1980s was seldom a must-stop destination for dignitaries.

Have Turd, Will Polish: Mark Leibovich’s New Book Examines the Trump Sycophants

Leibovich starts with the view from the Trump International Hotel, “the flagship payola palace” that operated a few blocks from the White House. 

What Could Have Been: Grand Civic Space Languishes as Pit to Nowhere

It does seem that after an angst-ridden 17-year saga, it is time to talk about rethinking the original dream. The hole in the city’s heart has yawned unoccupied under six mayors.

High Flyer: Katy Tur Writes a Deeply Personal Memoir

Often ripped out of bed in the middle of the night, she and younger brother James rode along with Bob and Marika Tur as they patrolled the skies over Los Angeles.

Bored of Seafair? Not When it’s a Poem!

It’s fair to point out that boredom, real or feigned, has been an on-and-off feature of Seafair.

Monster Mash: Ken Auletta’s New Biography of Harvey Weinstein

Those who worked closely with Harvey have long thought about the hole in his psyche that he was desperate to fill.

Rise of the Anti-Feminism Backlash

Some pundits insist the feminist movement is in trouble –  beset by backlash, deserted by the disillusioned younger generation and lacking optimism.

Inside City Hall’s Serious Budget Shortfall

The multimillion-dollar gap -- viewed in the perspective of an annual budget in the $7 billion range -- is perhaps not horrific. But it still is bound to impact what the city can achieve towards meeting its on-going needs and ambitious social goals.

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