CDN SPECIAL REPORTS
CDN Special Reports represent our newsroom's deepest dives into single subjects, going beyond daily headlines to focus our reporting, visual journalism and other story-telling tools in enterprising ways on topics of special interest. These are a team effort in CDN's newsroom, which is typically at work on one at all times. Check back here often to find our latest in-depth work, and feel free to suggest enterprise-reporting subjects at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beyond Bars: The future of justice in Whatcom County
Written by Ralph Schwartz // Edited by Staci Baird
Beyond Barsis a special report that explores the county’s controversial effort to build a new jail. Voters on recent jail bond measures made it clear they won’t accept a new jail without better social services for the people who wind up behind bars.
Women Empowered: Honoring Women's History Month
Written by Audra Anderson
Women Empoweredis a monthlong series of Q&As with regional women in traditionally male-dominated fields in honor of Women's History Month.
Off Target: A legacy of neglect at county rifle range
Written by Julia Lerner // Edited by Ron Judd
Off Targetis a multipart special report exploring the county's operations at Plantation Rifle Range, one of two publicly owned ranges in the state.
Child Care-less: A search for solutions
Written by Audra Anderson
Child Care-lessis a two-part series about the child care landscape in Whatcom County.
Sedro-Woolley officer returns to force after killing motorist; lawsuit looms
Written by Ralph Schwartz // Edited by Audra Anderson and Ron Judd
An officer rapidly fired nine bullets at David Babcock's car February 2022 after he drove over the curb on a Sedro-Woolley road to avoid spike strips. One of the bullets struck Babcock, 51, in the back of the head. His family is convinced he didn’t have to die at the hands of police.
Editor's note: Due to broad public interest in this subject, this story, originally published Jan. 15, has been made available outside the newspaper's paywall as a public service by Cascadia Daily News.
Year in Review 2022
Written by CDN Staff
A review of what our newsroom reporters, editors and photographers consider to be the most memorable and important examples of 2022 work — a glimpse at a year in the life of people in a place we are proud to call home.
Flood: One year later
Written by Julia Lerner and Olivia Hobson // Edited by Audra Anderson
Flood: One year lateris a multipart series exploring how the devastating November 2021 flooding changed the lives of Whatcom County and Skagit County residents, as well as bodies of government, over the past year. From farmers to mayors, the historic flooding led to economic challenges, developing plans for the future and preparative measures.
Title IX at 50
Written by Cassidy Hettesheimer // Edited by Meri-Jo Borzilleri
Title IX at 50is a three-part series exploring and reporting on how the federal law has impacted and changed lives of Whatcom County women in sports over the past half-century. At times controversial, the legislation has gone a long way toward leveling the playing field for girls and women since its inception in 1972.
Editor's note: Due to broad public interest in this subject, this series has been made available outside the newspaper's paywall as a public service by Cascadia Daily News.