Keeping an Eye on Auburn
Launched in 2017, the award-winning Auburn Examiner is a local independent news outlet focused on educating, raising awareness, and empowering through the stories of Auburn, Washington.
The Auburn Examiner’s goal is to be a conduit for information to our readers, providing a platform for discussion and discourse generated from it.
Our number one priority is telling Auburn’s stories and doing it well. There will be stories the Auburn Examiner does not run that other outlets do. We are an independent outlet with limited capacity. When the Auburn Examiner launched our standard was quality over quantity. This has not, and will not, change.
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Meet The AE Team
The Auburn Examiner team is comprised of a core group of regular unpaid volunteers who consistently contribute and provide support to the outlet. With the exception of Auburn Examiner founder, Elizabeth, these individuals all have full-time jobs or outside obligations. Elizabeth does the bulk of the writing (and subsequent work associated with articles) and management of the outlet. Additional articles, research, social media content, photography, video, and other miscellaneous work are provided by volunteers and contributors.
Want to join the team, submit a guest article, or support the Auburn Examiner? Send us an email contact (at) auburnexaminer.com.
Elizabeth Miller – Founder and Editor
EMiller (at) auburnexaminer.com
Elizabeth Miller is the founder and editor of the Auburn Examiner. Wanting to see more in-depth local news coverage, Elizabeth launched the site in 2017, allowing her to publish without the restrictions of word counts, package minutes, or deadlines.
In her role as editor, Elizabeth draws upon her previous experience as an editor of a quarterly newsletter and successful court blogger to deliver accurate, fair, and quality journalism. Since launching the Auburn Examiner, Elizabeth has advanced her skills and experience through courses and training with the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Outside of the Auburn Examiner, Elizabeth is an avid Washington Capitals fan (#LetsGoCaps!), mental health advocate, and promotes pet blood donation. She may be one woman, but she’s got one hell of a Mary Poppins’ bag full of resources that’s seriously hard to contend with.
Lindsay Hicks – Reporter
LHicks (at) auburnexaminer.com
Lindsay Hicks is a writer, poet, author, daughter, sister, friend, woman- with a spirited passion for many different genres of writing.
Born and raised in Auburn, WA, and surrounded by a close-knit family with an endless amount of love and support, she embarked on the journey of obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Professional and Creative Writing from Central Washington University. Upon graduating in 2017, she has landed publication work at Thought Catalog, Drink Me Magazine, and Litro Magazine based in the United Kingdom.
Lindsay’s experience with many different genres of writing has given her a versatile range of interests. However, she finds true-crime and investigative journalism to be her niche. The Auburn Examiner, being her most recent source of publication work, has influenced her to narrow in on her craft and focus on the specific writing genre of journalism.
Lindsay thoroughly enjoys the advantageous experience that feature writing and reporting has to offer. Her drive and commitment to continue growing as a writer has recently motivated her decision to work toward her Master’s Degree in American Journalism at NYU.
When she is not spending her free time immersed in true-crime podcasts and publications, she enjoys writing poetry and creative non-fiction. You can find additional work by Lindsay at www.LindsayRay.com.
Solen Aref – Reporter
SAref (at) auburnexaminer.com
Solen loves to write in all its forms-whether it’s journaling, reporting, blogging, or novels that never quite make it to completion. She developed a devotion to telling stories through pen and paper at age ten, and never lost her curiosity and passion for it. Solen currently studies broadcast news and political science at Washington State University. Her dream job is to become a t.v. news reporter in Seattle one day- the same t.v. stations she grew up watching endlessly as a child.
Solen was raised in Kent, Washington, and went to high school at Auburn Mountainview High School. She didn’t truly appreciate living in the South Seattle area until she left home for college and realized just how wonderful of a place it is to call home. The food, four seasons, gorgeous views, mesmerizing cities, and amazing people of South Seattle is never something she’ll never take for granted again.
Telling stories in all forms has been Solen’s biggest passion for the past few years. In her free time, she enjoys the little things that make life special- a good cup of coffee, a juicy novel, spending quality time with friends and family, and getting fresh air outdoors. Solen also loves all things fashion and baking, and tries to live her life by Ernest Hemmingway’s “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self”.
Learn more about Solen and follow her personal blog at: sincerelysolen.com
John A. Huguley – Reporter
JHuguley (at) auburnexaminer.com
John A. Huguley is a published author, a freelance editor, and a journalist for various Puget Sound news outlets. In addition to multi-genre writing, John loves photography and has an archive of over 200,000 personally taken photos, some dating back to the 1970s.
John is a native of Washington state. He says much of his creative writing and photography, is inspired by the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With no destination in mind, John will often head out the door with his laptop under one arm and camera under the other, not knowing what he will encounter.
When the weather is nice, you may find John riding one of his motorcycles along country roads. Occasionally stopping along the way to capture a photo or two.
John is passionate about investigating facts and promoting equality. He will never turn down the opportunity to do either.
Learn more about John or view his photography at www.johnhuguley.com
Blaine Rutledge – Reporter
BRutledge (at) auburnexaminer.com
Blaine was raised in downtown Auburn and has never left. After graduating from AHS in 1994 Blaine went on to Central Washington where he earned his BA in Law & Justice. Today he is a manager at the historic Auburn Dairy Products, where he has worked for over 23 years.
Married with three children, Blaine loves sports, movies, and cooking with his son. While his leisure activities of choice are fishing and golf, he loves trying new things. If you want to find Blaine during the Summer, look no further than his backyard – where you’ll find him with a cold beer by a warm fire.
Blaine is a no-nonsense, salt of the Earth kind of guy with a good sense of humor that enjoys laughing. He volunteers for the Auburn Examiner because he wants to raise awareness for his community through news stories.
Cameron Thrall – Financial Contributor
cameron.thrall (at) edwardjones.com
Cameron Thrall is an Auburn-based Edward Jones Financial Advisor. He has a BA in International Studies and an MBA. In addition to his Series 7 and 66, Cameron is also an Accredited Asset Management Specialist.
When not helping clients make smart financial decisions, Cameron can be found cheering for the best NHL Hockey team (the Capitals) or local favorite the Seattle Thunderbirds. Cameron and his wife are also avid fliers, flying both airplanes and helicopters. You can reach Cameron at his new Edward Jones office on 3rd Street NW in Auburn.
Karen Meador – Local History Features Writer
Karen realized at a tender age she had a serious obsession with history when the idea of visiting the San Juan Capistrano Mission was more appealing than a trip to Disneyland. Since then, she’s researched and embraced the heritage of each place she’s lived from Northern Norway to South Mississippi.
Long active in the heritage community, she served on the Board of the Association of King County Heritage Organizations and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the King County Historic Preservation Program. She’s discovered, written, and lectured about a variety of topics, the most notable being the history of the Fort Steilacoom to Fort Bellingham Road. Her award-winning brochure, ‘Military Road: A Lasting Legacy,’ has created interest in many previously-overlooked aspects of local history as well as the network of military roads that contributed to the settlement of the Pacific Northwest.
Her work has appeared in numerous venues, including Pacific Northwest Magazine and Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History.
Karen enjoys exploring heritage sites of all genres, ‘hiking to history,’ discovering new restaurants, classic car shows, and vintage fashion modeling.
Scott Sheridan – Real Estate Contributor
Scott has been in the mortgage industry for four years and brings a fresh millennial flair to the mortgage industry and is well-versed in the most modern, efficient, and convenient way to get things done. He combines these skills with a genuine love of his work and recent experience in what is it like to be a first and second-time home buyer.
Scott has been in the service industry since his first job at 16 bagging groceries and learned right from the start to be customer-focused. He leads with service, which is why his clients refer him to family and friends. He is a proud Coug with a degree in Criminal Justice from WSU, spending a year working as a Probation Officer as well as Juvenile Correctional Officer in Northern California. His time as a Correctional offer only reinforced his philosophy of leading with kindness, compassion, and humility no matter who the “client” may be.
Outside of the office, Scott enjoys anything outdoors such as overnight backpacking in the PNW, rock climbing at Stone Gardens in Ballard, walking his Boston Terrier and Boxer, anywhere that serves good beer, cooking up delicious plant-based meals, watching Seahawk and Cougar football, and spending time with friends and family.
Six – ‘Unofficial’ AE Mascot
Six is Elizabeth’s task-trained service dog and the ‘unofficial’ mascot of the AE. He is a three-year-old German Shepherd. In addition to being a service dog, Six is also a blood donor with the Blue Pearl Community Blood Bank. Six might love to work, but the minute his vest comes off he is a completely different dog, releasing every ounce of energy he has on his dog and cat brothers. He’s vocal, he loves his pack, and is the ultimate German Shepherd goofball.
Note: there are times, events, and locations you may see Elizabeth without Six. The decision of when and where to have Six assist her is entirely up to Elizabeth. This decision is neither up for discussion nor does anyone have a right to question it.
2020 Spotlight CONNECT Entrepreneur of the Year
The Auburn Examiner received the Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce 2020 Spotlight CONNECT Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
“The Entrepreneur of the Year Award recognizes an entrepreneurial business that is less than five-years-old and has made a significant impact in their industry and/or the Auburn Area.”
The award nomination statement read: “[Elizabeth] is dedicated to covering the local news in Auburn and disseminating important, hyper-local information to our community. Elizabeth is a recognizable face at all major, community events. She is also successful at utilizing social platforms to effectively engage with community members and promote various awareness raising and recognition campaigns, from National Latinx Business Day to Suicide Prevention Month. Through her efforts, she supports the local business community, nonprofits, and city departments.”
Kacie Bray, Auburn Area CONNECT CEO, presented the 2020 “Entrepreneur of the Year” SPOTLIGHT Award to Elizabeth Miller, alongside the AE “unofficial” mascot, Six, on Tuesday, October 27th, at the Auburn Area Chamber offices in downtown Auburn.