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Jonathan Choe Nominated for Four Northwest EMMY Awards

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Nominated for Four EMMYs

This time last year, I was on the sidelines after being fired from KOMO News. My former station CAVED to pressure from far-left activists and media hacks who accused me of promoting the Proud Boys after I live tweeted a peaceful march in Olympia. I was about to leave #Seattle and explore other news opportunities. That is until Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth and Poverty (@DiscoveryCWP, @DiscoveryInst1) took a major gamble and offered me a media fellowship to continue my journalism.

Today, my team and I were nominated for FOUR #NWEMMY awards, one of the highest honors for excellence in TV/online broadcast journalism. Even if we don’t take home any hardware at the @natasnw award ceremony, it’s still a MASSIVE and HISTORIC win because this is the first time Discovery’s competing against other newsrooms in Washington state. For those of you who have followed and supported my work(especially financially), thank you for always getting my back. This is proof our independent guerrilla journalism model works and matters to the community. This should also send a strong message to WA politicians who still try to discredit and dismiss my work. Not that I need validation, but the nominations were made by other industry peers across the nation. In other words, elected officials do not get to decide who’s a journalist and who’s not. Stop trying to ban me from press conferences, you know I will eventually track you down.

And here’s the kicker, I was also nominated for my work at KOMO. Looking forward to the awkwardness and seeing my former colleagues at the award ceremony. Can’t make this stuff up.

Nominated for Serious News Feature Category

Nominated for Hard News Report

Nominated for Work at KOMO

This is where my work covering the homeless crisis in #Seattle all started. Thankful for the opportunity to work with elite journalists in this newsroom.

Looking Back

I launched “Seattle’s Unending Drug Crisis” last summer. Unfortunately, the open air drug use and overdose deaths are still happening at an alarming rate. There is no way I would have been able to air this in full on local TV. It’s not “brand safe.” You can’t sell diaper ads next to these raw realities. But that’s also why so many of you have encouraged me to keep on going with my journalism, to shine a spotlight on the urban decay and failed policies in this great American city. We are the 4th Estate and are tasked to hold politicians accountable. #Seattle

Turco’s Last Stand

Go to 3rd Ave right now in downtown #Seattle. It depends on the day but the insanity still ebbs and flows. But for some small mom and pop shops, it might be took late to save their businesses in #Seattle.

Remember This?

I was leading KOMO’s homeless coverage. We were crushing it. Then they caved to the far-left activists.

Amazing to think of what could have been. But I have ZERO regrets because I’ve now been unleashed to do even more hard hitting deep dive stories for the community. #Seattle

Join the Team

We all know quality journalism requires a financial commitment. Your partnership matters. These Emmy nominations are a reflection of your unwavering support. If you want to be a part of this news revolution, you can do it right here. Click below to donate:

Special Thanks

We now have a proof of concept to expand our team at Discovery Institute (@DiscoveryCWP, @DiscoveryInst1.) Everyone has played a critical role pumping out the content each day, but I want to give a special shout out to our core team: Steve Buri, Bruce Chapman, Erik Nutley, Robert Marbut, Marvin Olasky, Nathan Jacobson, Jackson Meyer, and Caitlyn Axe. They’re the ones grinding and dealing with me on the regular. Btw, we only use iPhones (on occasion a cheap drone) to capture all the content. The news revolution is indeed happening real time.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.