Nathalie Graham—of Slog AM fame—has agreed to join The Stranger's madhouse and is officially a staff writer as of today. She will continue to decipher the maze of Seattle politics and will obviously become a tenacious local legend. Nathalie recently graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in journalism, has held internships at South Seattle Emerald, Seattle Weekly, and The Seattle Globalist, doesn’t believe in ghosts but would love to believe in something, and met Sheryl Crow once.
In case you're unfamiliar with Nathalie, I've asked her to explain herself:
I forget, when did you first start working at The Stranger?
Officially? Like, January as an intern. Unofficially? Well, December of 2017. In the middle of filling out employment forms on my first day, I was interrupted and asked to go to Beacon Hill to cover a press conference by (newly elected!) Jenny Durkan because no one was available. I did a great job. And then they extended my internship four times...
Wow. You typed that really fast. What's your WPM?
I don't know.
My top speed? 115 words per minute.
Is that a lot?
Yeah, I think the national average is 55. [SHE YELLS TO THE ROOM:] Can someone fact check that?
[NO ONE IS IN THE OFFICE.]
Wait—are you from Seattle?
No, I'm from beautiful Woodland Hills, California, where there aren't any woods but there sure are hills. It's best known for its proximity to Calabasas. I did go to Calabasas High School, but we don't have to talk about that. Go Coyotes.
The Slog commenters are going to hate you for being a transplant. By the way, what do you think of the Slog commenters?
Well. They sure have developed a community. And they're very polarized about breakfast.
I don't eat breakfast. Oh, you mean when dedicated readers submit their breakfast every morning by 8 AM to email@example.com for our special Wednesday edition of Slog AM?
Yup! The regular commenters will band together to shoot down naysayers who hate the fun breakfast updates. Slog is a shit show. But I love it. I live for it. I'm Slog's ride-or-die.
So you're popular on Slog?
I don't like to say I'm a big deal, but my internship did get extended four times and I'm here now.
What should I ask for my last question?
You should ask me what my best Halloween costume was.
What was your best Halloween costume?
Well, it's a toss-up between Alex Trebek or a Lime Bike. I'll give you a picture to post.
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