Jonah Spangenthal-Lee

For the last five years, I've covered the always-exciting cops and crime beat at,, KIRO Television, and The Stranger.
As a reporter, I've stood out in the rain at crime scenes, rode around in patrol cars late into the night, and pored over police reports in order to dig up and tell stories about just what goes on inside the Seattle Police Department, and the streets of our city.
I came to SPD in March 2012 to tell those same stories on the department’s blog, The Blotter, and help push out up-to-the-minute information on breaking news through SPD’s Twitter feed.
My days at SPD are just as long, exciting and fast-paced as they ever were in a newsroom, but now I don't have to sneak past police tape to get to a story.
I'm a born-and-raised Seattle resident with a penchant for messy cooking projects, and an encyclopedic knowledge of Star Wars and comic books. My wife and cats are very patient with me.

Man Arrested as Police Investigate Fires Near Burke Gilman Trail

Detectives are investigating a series of fires set near homeless encampments along the Burke Gilman Trail late Monday. One man was arrested at the scene of one of the fires. Between 11 pm and 12 AM, a mattress, trees and shrubs, a debris pile and plywood were set alight at four locations between NW 36th St and NW 42nd […]
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