Spokane is at a pivotal moment.
We need tough, open-hearted conversations and analysis to expand what we all think is possible in this place we love.
RANGE is a new media outlet designed to do just that:
Give you news from under-reported sources and communities
Host tough conversations about the things Spokane needs most.
Help build a culture of examining the things we take for granted about the Inland Northwest and how we might make things better for everyone.
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Hey, I'm Luke Baumgarten
I’ve lived in Spokane County almost my entire life, and I’ve dedicated my career to making it better.
I told our stories for nearly a decade as a writer and editor at the Inlander, and when my friends and I noticed our most creative peers moving away, we founded Terrain to grow community and help people build a creative life here. I’ve helped launch other things since — Treatment Creative, Fellow Coworking, and Feast World Kitchen among others — each an attempt to help people and solve local problems.
Now, I'm returning to journalism
I believe we need to push the envelope of what’s possible and start building a better world right here, right now.
Spokane is changing faster than I think most of us ever imagined it could. The choices we make today will impact the region for generations.
I’m not trying to replace the Inlander, the Spokesman or (as much as I’d like to) anything on AM radio.
RANGE is a supplement to the great reporting done in local newsrooms and an anti-venom for the reactionary poison spewed on editorial pages and certain slices of the radio and tv dial.