Keeping an Eye on Auburn
Launched in 2017, the Auburn Examiner is a hyperlocal independent news source 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, providing a platform for stories to be told and discussions and discourse to be generated from them.
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
Elizabeth Miller – Founder and Editor
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 December 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.
The Auburn Examiner has given Elizabeth the opportunity to publish articles covering a variety of topics, including local businesses, social justice, mental health, sexual assault, and law enforcement.
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.
Mohamed-Moshe Elias – Reporter
Mohamed-Moshe (Mo for short), as his name may imply, comes from a Muslim-Jewish household where acceptance, unity, and respect are important values he grew up with. Being an intersectional member of the LGBTQIA+, Muslim, and Jewish communities, Mo Elias strives for building bridges, enhancing dialogue, and creating space for (and among) all.
As a former Iraqi refugee, Mo has lived in the immigrant-absorbing city of Kent, WA where he finished high school and studied at Green River College; before transferring to the University of Washington where he earned a bachelor’s in Political Science and Jewish Studies. Today, Mo is pursuing a master’s degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action with concentrations in Diplomacy and the Middle East at the Paris School of International Affair in Sciences Po.
Affected by the COVID-19 crises, Mo Elias left Paris and returned home in Washington to be with his family and contribute his skills to The Auburn Examiner while finishing his studies remotely. After publishing through the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies at UW and Anti-Defamation League, Mo Elias has found The Auburn Examiner as his new platform for credible and truthful, rather than neutral, reporting.
Lindsay Hicks – Reporter
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.
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.
Cameron Thrall – Financial Contributor
Cameron Thrall is an Auburn-based Edward Jones Financial Advisor. 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 Edward Jones office on Main Street in Auburn.
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, 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.