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Friday, April 27, 2007

Barnett Takes Home Muni League’s News Award

posted by on April 27 at 14:00 PM

Last month, I announced the cool news that our very own Erica C. Barnett had won a reporting award from the Municipal League of King County: Governmental News Reporting of the Year.

Last night was the big night. Cheering, munching on veggie egg rolls, and drinking the free wine, Dan and I (along with Stranger publisher Tim Keck) went to the packed shindig at the doughnut shaped Space Needle skyline room where ECB and the other honored guests (like local historian Walt Crowley, Citizen of the Year, and suburban Rep. Fred Jarrett, Public Official of the Year) got their plaques.

Leave it to ECB. Erica gave a great (and appropriately) iconoclastic speech, stepping away from the polite, fluffy thank you speeches that were delivered by most of the winners. Explaining that she reports not only on what’s happening in the city, but what should be happening in the city, Barnett called for shaking up Seattle’s (bad for the environment) status quo. Then, the Muni League presented Erica with her award—a heavy, bad-for-the-environment—hunk of lucite.

Erica’s had a great year, and I think the award ( quite beautiful, anyway—a big water drop) is long overdue.

Afterwards, the evening got a bit blurry, as a pack of us, including City Council Member Peter Steinbrueck (pictured below) toasted Erica at Black Bottle in Belltown.


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I hope at least one of you told Peter to leave the strip clubs alone.

Posted by Sean | April 27, 2007 2:13 PM

I am not sure which is more insignificant...Erica...the Muni League...or Steinbrueck?

Posted by TheTruthHurts | April 27, 2007 2:13 PM

Congratulations, Erica. Piss off, haters.

Posted by Congrats | April 27, 2007 2:20 PM

So is that her excuse for the continual misrepresentations in her "journalism" -- that she's reporting what should be? That's Rumsfeldian!

Posted by DOUG. | April 27, 2007 2:22 PM

I'd say you left out a fourth option, TTH. I'll bet you can guess what it is, though.

Posted by COMTE | April 27, 2007 2:22 PM

Aw, cute, Doug doesn't understand the concept of editorials!

Posted by exelizabeth | April 27, 2007 2:26 PM

much deserved. congratulations erica, i am always your fan, even when we disagree. the stranger is lucky to have you.

Posted by kerri harrop | April 27, 2007 2:30 PM

Clearly, Peter and ECB got lit the fuck up before taking that pic.

Posted by Gomez | April 27, 2007 2:38 PM

Congrats to Ms. Erica for an award well earned. Here's to much, much more of the same caliber reporting. Enjoy the accolades and don't let the stupid haters get ya down.

Posted by Juan | April 27, 2007 2:46 PM

Congratulations, ECB!

Way to go!

Posted by Will of Horses Ass | April 27, 2007 2:46 PM

Erica, congratulations, that's awesome news. I'm sure you had a great time - and you definitely deserved the award!

Posted by Sam | April 27, 2007 3:06 PM

Congrats, Erica!

Posted by arduous | April 27, 2007 3:23 PM

Which is the biggest loser, Steinbrueck for an evening with ECB or vice versa?

Posted by The one question left | April 27, 2007 3:25 PM

When did the Muni League become a front for the Green Party, anyway?

Just kidding. Congratulations, ECB. Very cool.

I can't say I'm surprised, though. As you know, I have always thought of you as the best hippie reporter in town. Just kidding again (Well, um... sort of kidding).

Posted by Sandeep Kaushik | April 27, 2007 3:28 PM

Congratulations, Erica, you absolutely deserve it.

That's not going to stop me coming at you tooth and claw when I disagree with you, of course. Grrr. Arf. Arf. [Wag].

Posted by Fnarf | April 27, 2007 3:43 PM

Nothing says "We recognize and award your outstanding contributions to the field of excellence" like Lucite.

Everyone had a comic book store guy moment when they read that, right?

Props, ECB.

Posted by jackie treehorn | April 27, 2007 3:44 PM

congrats Erica...may there be more lucite drops in your future.

Posted by gnossos | April 27, 2007 3:56 PM


Nader/Barnett 08

Kidding. congrats ms Barnett.

Posted by SeMe | April 27, 2007 4:02 PM

Congratulations, Erica. Screw the haters.

Posted by Mark Mitchell | April 27, 2007 4:18 PM

Woo hoo! Yay! ECB 4 EVA!

Posted by Soupytwist | April 27, 2007 4:23 PM

"Self-congratulation is frowned upon here (thank Savage and his Catholic upbringing)" 4/12/2007

Posted by U. Need Braces | April 27, 2007 4:44 PM


Oh go hang.
We're happy about ECB's award. She works her ass off, and as her editor, I wanted to give her props.

Posted by Josh Feit | April 27, 2007 4:49 PM

Erica, you're good about establishing your position and that puts the oneness on everyone else to see where they stand. It's a good formula. Congrats for hitting it hard and keeping your shoulder to the wheel.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | April 27, 2007 5:51 PM

Congratulations, Erica! You do a great job. Thank you for being so tenacious and smart.

Posted by yo | April 27, 2007 6:36 PM

Congrats, Erica. I drive, but I like you.

Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2007 6:41 PM

Isn't there a study to show that one out of three female reporters is the victim of a Muni League News Award?

Posted by Slip Mahoney | April 27, 2007 6:45 PM

Congrats, Erica! Now for the Pulitzer!

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 27, 2007 9:03 PM

Nice work. But I'm telling you, you'll get another award if you do a weekly column on "What's Pamela Sitt written about lately?" Really. Congratulations.

Posted by Ryan | April 27, 2007 9:09 PM

Congrats to Erica, and I'm glad you liked the cookies. Maybe I'll mail you and the Stranger staff a batch.

Posted by Matt from Denver | April 27, 2007 9:55 PM

rock on Erica Barnett! Ride strong. þ

Posted by treacle | April 28, 2007 3:30 AM

Peter Steinbrueck is the Al Gore of Seattle, a discredited hypocrite. ECB always gives Peter a free ride (in an automobile), and Nick is now out of favor.

Posted by Luigi Giovanni | April 28, 2007 7:56 AM

So Peter does something right and stands up for transit and the best people can come up with is hypocrite?

And whats wrong with Gore? Much better than anythig running.

And no Kucinich doesnt have a chance even if I agree with him on most things.

You might not like the guy (Peter), but he is standing up for what he beleives in and giving up a well paid job in a seat that was his for life. I doubt these pompous posters would do the same.

The guy deserves props, and like most local politicians, youre not always going to agree with him, and he is going to piss you off at times, but come on, he is a pretty decent guy.

This city needs an enema.

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