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The ongoing adventures of an enviro reporter

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

I recently spent an afternoon with Eric Sorensen, former science writer for the Seattle Times who now works for the Washington State University News Bureau.

As we drove up and down the back roads of the Kitsap Peninsula, I showed Eric some of my favorite places, and I dredged through my memory banks for stories I’ve covered through the years. I found myself babbling nonstop, talking about one environmental issue after another, trying to tie together the geography and history of our peninsula.

Somehow, Eric was able to create a nice biographical story about me from our discussion and his review of my stories. You can read his piece, titled “Bearing witness to the sights and smells of our soggy backyard,” in WSU’s alumni publication “Washington State Magazine.”

His story begins, “If you cover the waterfront the way Chris Dunagan does, you have to expect a fair amount of smells. There’s the fresh, tangy scent of estuary and the mild musk of beach wrack. There’s the stench of rotting shellfish during the great Oyster Rescue of 2010 and the outsized rot of a beached gray whale….”

It seems Eric had some fun with this story, even if my reputation as a smelly type of reporter needed no help. Anyway, I think he did a wonderful job of capturing some of my adventures.

I found a brief bio and humorous photo of Eric in an announcement of a talk he was giving journalism students at the University of Idaho, just across the state line from WSU.

Eric has captured many wonderful stories related to the research and personalities of folks associated with WSU. You can find a list of his recent work on this search page of “Washington State Magazine.”

When “Washington State Magazine” went online, he wrote a thoughtful “Dear Reader” piece about magazines, the art of reading and the flow of information. Thanks to the Internet version of the magazine, anyone can read Eric’s story about me.


About Water Ways blog: new thoughts for a new year

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

As we enter the new year, I’d like to thank all of you who read this blog and especially those who have contributed with comments, suggestions and knowledge.

As I was looking back over the last year’s entries on Water Ways, I realized that we stayed pretty serious throughout the year — with occasional exceptions, such as “Amusing Monday.” While I don’t subscribe to formal New Year’s resolutions, I’d like to make sure we don’t get too bogged down in heavy issues in the year ahead.

Of course, I’ll continue to explore serious water-related issues, but I would like to add some shorter, lighter touches along the way. And I’d like you to think of this blog when you encounter any water-related subjects. Maybe you’ll hear a piece of music or see some artwork that could be shared online. Maybe you’ll see or take a great photograph you’d like to share. Maybe it will be a special quote, poem or joke. Send it to me via e-mail at cdunagan@kitsapsun.com. I’ll add a new entry with credit to you, unless you choose to remain anonymous.

I enjoy writing this blog, and I hope more of you will find a way to join the conversation in the coming year. If you can’t comment online, even with a pseudonym, feel free to write me directly. I take all comments to heart.

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Thanks again for reading, and I hope everyone has a great 2011.


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