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David Mikkelson Feb 28, 2019
Founder and CEO of Snopes.com
Founder and CEO of Snopes.com

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Tacoma resident David Mikkelson is the founder and CEO of Snopes.com, the oldest and most respected fact-checking site online. In his visit to Tacoma Rotary Club #8, he will speak about the company he founded and his daily work fighting "fake news." Mikkelson founded the site in 1994 and today the site receives over 20 million unique monthly visitors. He speaks worldwide about combating “fake news” and the rise of the digital age and its impact on investigative journalism and is excited to bring this conversation to his own community. Managing everything from researching and writing articles about urban legends to overseeing the site’s technical infrastructure, David made Snopes.com the go-to place for Internet users to query the veracity of anything questionable they encountered online. www.davidmikkelson.com 

Melannie Denise Cunningham Mar 07, 2019
PEACE QUEEN TALKS
PEACE QUEEN TALKS

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A Conversation with Melannie Denise Cunningham

2018 Greater Tacoma Peace Laureate

Melannie recently returned from a 10-day adventure in Norway representing the South Sound as the Greater Tacoma Peace Prize winner.  She will chat with us about her experiences shooting a television documentary of her adventures and attending the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies.   

Dorothy Perkins and Shauna Hansen Mar 21, 2019
Advocates for Immigrants in Detention
Advocates for Immigrants in Detention

Dorothy is retired from government service and is currently a member of the Jesuit Volunteer Encorps program working social justice issues.  She began volunteering with AIDNW in 2017 as part of a grad school project and remains committed to supporting the legal immigrants who are released from the NW Detention Center.

Shauna is a stormwater engineer and has worked for the City of Tacoma Environmental Services Department since 2002.  She is the mother of three boys ages 5, 8 and 10, and recently became interested in volunteering for AIDNW when she learned about the Northwest Immigrant Detention Center operating down the street from her office at the Center for Urban Waters.

 

David Hirschberg Mar 28, 2019
RAIN