Luisa Loi

I am a Journalism student seeking internships. Welcome to my page!

A lovely autumnal view of Marina Park in Kirkland, WA.

About Me

I am a Western Washington University junior majoring in Journalism. Over the past year I have improved my writing and reporting skills by working for Alaska Beyond Magazine, The Watchdog and The Planet.

I am passionate about a variety of topics, such as the environment, justice, and housing. What excites me the most about this career is the personal growth that comes from learning about realities that can be so different from my own, and bringing those realities to the attention of the wider public, thus fostering the exchange of ideas and experiences which can lead to positive change in society.

In my free time I enjoy exploring the Pacific Northwest, trying new recipes, sketching, and reading comics.

How the funeral industry is embracing environmentalism

Green ways to leave this world without disturbing mother nature Steve Webster gently pushes the long steel tray where the lifeless body lays, covered with a biodegradable sheet. The tray slides inside the machine’s 7-feet-long tube. He closes its round door — the same type of door used for submarines. Webster goes to the screen on the side of the machine. He types the deceased’s name, their date of passing, their sex and weight. Once he’s done, he activates the machine. A stream of water with

A mysterious disease is wreaking havoc on Pacific Coast sea stars

A mysterious illness that appeared eight years ago and nearly wiped out sea star populations along the Pacific Coast is continuing to leave researchers puzzled. The disease is called sea star wasting disease and Benjamin Miner, Western Washington University’s Biology Department Chair and researcher, said there appears to be evidence showing that almost all species of sea stars are vulnerable to it. Benjamin Miner said among the severely impacted species, there is the giant sunflower star, whic

Port of Bellingham to use 100% renewable energy

Plans to cut emissions by 86% have been in place since March The Port of Bellingham is reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 86% after signing an 18-year-contract with Puget Sound Energy, according to a press release from the port. In March, the port began receiving 100% renewable energy after undergoing the contract, according to the port’s press release. Under the Green Direct program, PSE sells renewable energy purchased from green energy developers to corporations and municipal govern

How COVID-19 has affected local nonprofits

Nonprofits have faced decreased donations during the pandemic Nicole Berman, the executive director at Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, has difficult choices ahead. For a few months in the early pandemic, the nonprofit ceased asking for donations because of economic insecurity and the cancellation of events Berman said. They estimated DVSAS lost 70% to 75% of the nonprofit’s donations. DVSAS, like many local nonprofits, has had to shift its operation and fundraising plans amid un

Mining for Answers

New research tries to uncover just how deep the damage of an old mining venture goes. It’s the year 1954 on the Spokane Reservation in Stevens County. Brothers James and John LeBret are exploring the southern side of Spokane Mountain in search of scheelite — a mineral used to create light bulb filaments. With the help of an ultraviolet light they find something far more valuable: uranium. The deposit is named Midnite Mine. The LeBrets’ newborn company, Midnite Mines Inc., strikes a deal with m

The Trump administration’s fight over reopening schools explained

The Trump Administration is firmly committed to making schools reopen this fall. Many have brought into question the viability of this decision, but for the Trump Administration, there is only one rule: “kids have to get back to school.” This rule has proved highly controversial, receiving a considerable amount of both criticism and praise nation-wide. Many have questioned whether this objective is actually feasible, given the recent surges in infections and deaths from COVID-19, but Secretary

ICE reverses policy forcing out foreign students taking classes online

International students can breathe a sigh of relief: on July 14, ICE reversed its decision to require F1 and M1 visa holders taking classes fully online to leave the country. F1 students attend academic or full-time degree programs, while M1 students pursue vocational studies. The changes, announced without warning (in violation of the “notice-and-comment” norm), received immediate disdain from all over the country and abroad. Hundreds of thousands signed petitions, and Harvard University partn

Eviction crisis looms while homelessness on the rise in King County

The eviction moratorium extended last month (for the second time) by Gov. Inslee will expire on Aug. 1. The moratorium protects tenants from evictions for non-payment, from rent increases, from late and partial fees. This, however, doesn’t “forgive” their rent (as the viral graffiti pleads). It just postpones their due date to Aug. 1. And, for those who have been unable to pay, debts are accumulating. Starting Aug. 2, landlords will be allowed to send a notice to pay or leave if they don’t recei

King County granted modified phase 2 as the state recovers from pandemic

King County is now on Phase 1.5 of the Safe Start plan, which is, in simple terms, a modified Phase One. The decision was announced on June 5, making King County is the only county in this enhanced first phase. Washington State is restarting its economy and social life county by county. “It was three months ago today that we announced to the region that the first confirmed outbreak in the U.S. of coronavirus had been discovered right here, in King County,” said Executive Dow Constantine in a co

Legislation from China poses a new threat to Hong Kong protestors

On May 21, the National People’s Congress and its Standing Committee, the organs responsible for enacting the law in China, proposed the National Security Law. A week later, the Chinese parliament gave its approval, a decision that provoked a new wave of protests. The bill, which has yet to take effect, would target dissent, separatism, subversion of state power, terrorism and foreign interference in Hong Kong, allowing for the presence of mainland law enforcement which previously operated in se

New King County Regional Homeless Authority takes first steps

On May 21, the members of the new KCRHA Governing Committee met for the first time to understand the steps that will prepare the organization for action. The members met on a Zoom conference. In December 2019, Mayor Durkan and the King County Executive Constantine finalized the proposal to create the King County Regional Homelessness Authority, with the approval of the Metropolitan King County Council, the Regional Policy Committee, and the Seattle City Council. It was the outcome of two years

Seattle files a motion to end police oversight

On May 7, the City of Seattle and the Department of Justice filed a motion to terminate Seattle PD’s commitment to the “Consent Decree Sustainment Plan,” imposed after the Department of Justice reported, in 2011, frequent use of force that violated the Fourth Amendment. Such episodes represented 20% of all uses of force. The request was submitted to Judge James Robart. The Consent Decree, enacted in 2012, is a commitment to ensure that police services observe constitutional practices and compri

King County experiencing a dramatic increase in Hepatitis A cases

In the past four months, King County has seen a surge in Hepatitis A cases, with 71 confirmed putting the annual average of 5-16 to shame. It didn’t erupt all of a sudden: with 16 people manifesting the virus’ symptoms since the beginning of the year, the Washington Department of Health had to declare a statewide hepatitis A outbreak on July 30, 2019. Numbers grew exponentially in fall as more people began to show signs of the disease. Then came 2020, with 18 onsets in January, 19 in February a

Seattle homelessness issue becomes more complex amid coronavirus

Among a total of 233 people tested, 35 residents and eight staff members resulted positive for COVID-19 in three Seattle homeless shelters, as resulted from an investigation conducted one month ago by the PHSKC (Public Health – Seattle and King County) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). Inspections also took place in 12 facilities that reported the presence of single cases. By April 20, there were 112 confirmed cases and two fatalities among the homeless and the shelter per

Mediterranean Grill restaurant review

See this as an incentive to help the foodservice industry: in times like these, we deserve to treat ourselves, and I believe that south-east Mediterranean food is a great choice to lift our spirits up. I had been craving some, and unfortunately my go-to place is currently closed. I felt desperate for a taste bud serenade, so I decided to sit down and do some online searching, faithful that I would find something as worthy. (Most eateries keep operating with take-out and delivery systems, so it w