Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty

Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy.

Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entreprenuership to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago.

As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.

Choe is a New England native and Boston University journalism school graduate.


Human Feces Lines International District Sidewalks Before Mayor’s Lighting Celebration

New Lights, Same Problems New lights, same problems in Seattle’s Chinatown International District. Thursday evening, Mayor Bruce Harrell will be at Hing Hay Park to celebrate the installation of new canopy and cafe lighting fixtures. But you can still see the obvious signs of drug addiction, mental illness, and homelessness everywhere. And the area around DESC’s Navigation Center homeless shelter continues to attract an inordinate amount of crime to Little Saigon. Serious question, is there any other community of color in this city that deals with such a high concentration of these problems? And will CM Tammy Morales (@CMTammyMorales) show up to offer

“Shamed for listening to our voters,” Kenmore Deputy Mayor Responds to Criticism

Breaking Kenmore Deputy Mayor Melanie O’Cain just blasted WA Governor Jay Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and state Democrats after they apparently criticized her city for blocking Plymouth Housing from setting up shop in downtown. Sources also say Governor Inslee verbally dressed down the progressive wing of the Kenmore council for failing to carry out his will on “affordable housing.” “Listening to our community and being shamed by our County Executive, and our Governor, and members of the Democratic party throughout our region is really galling.” -Deputy Mayor Melanie O’Cain O’Cain went on to say community input was crucial for Democracy and emphasized the importance of due diligence before making a decision. Kenmore

Controversial Homelessness Nonprofit Asks Burien for More Funding

Burien Leaders Stunned Late Monday evening, Mayor Kevin Schilling, Deputy Mayor Stephanie Mora, CM Linda Akey, and CM Alex Andrade saw the tent protest for the first time outside City Hall. Mora and Akey say former Burien City Councilmember Cydney Moore is using the homeless as political pawns after her failed venture trying to run the temporary encampment behind Oasis Home Church. She’s also being called out for orchestrating this stunt from the comfort of her living room. I have never seen someone’s reputation and credibility get smashed in such a short amount of time. Moore will likely never work again in this region’s homeless space. They’re Back After leaving during the day, the homeless have set up tents again in downtown Burien for the

Governor Candidate Semi Bird Reacts to Seattle’s Fentanyl Crisis

Top Priorities Republican gubernatorial candidate Semi Bird (@bird4governor) says he’s moving away from failed “housing first” and “harm reduction” policies if he wins in WA. Recently, I walked with him through encampments in Seattle and watched as he collaborated with several faith based outreach groups in the city. Bird is an evangelical Christian. I also got a preview of some of his top priorities which includes mobilizing the National Guard to build drug addiction and mental health treatment facilities outside busy urban cores. Bird has skin in the game after losing his nephew to a drug overdose and says he will intervene and require treatment for addicts living on the streets. As for his competition, Bird is already taking shots at Attorney

SODO Encampment Back After Continuous Sweeps

SODO Today Out of all the encampments across Seattle, this one near 3rd Ave & Holgate St could be the most frustrating one for biz owners. I have watched this place get cleared close to a dozen times now. Lots of tax payer dollars wasted. But it keeps on coming back. The most recent sweep happened leading up to the MLB All-Star game back in July. It looked impeccable. But one by one, all the tents and RV’s started coming back. Once again, sweeping is not the issue. The city will probably do that again. However, nothing is being done to get in front of these situations before spiraling out of control. This is the epitome of whack a mole. Funny thing is, the spots with brand new concrete eco-blocks have zero RV’s and tents. That is the only thing that’s proven

Activists Protest at Council President’s House

Camp Out Far-left activists spent Monday evening camped outside Seattle City Council President Sara Nelson’s (@CMSaraNelson) house. They were whining about rent control and sweeps. A cop was outside the whole time. They have targeted Nelson’s place before. Neighbors tell me the group of all white kids eventually dispersed without wrecking the place. The ANTIFA crew is trying to stay relevant since they know this more moderate city council will be harder to sway. On Tuesday, councilmembers will fill the vacant seat left open by Teresa Mosqueda, who’s now with the King County

Murderer Stayed at Low-Barrier Church Shelter, Leaders Knew of Allegations

Breaking Arrest finally made in Burien homeless homicide investigation. Authorities say Nathaniel Scott stabbed Robert Thomas multiple times under the 146th Street bridge in December and left him to die. Scott allegedly confessed, but said the knife was simply used as a deterrent after Thomas blocked his pathway. Both men were homeless at the time. Court documents show Scott was living at the controversial Oasis Home Church encampment. Burien Community Support Coalition led by former city councilmember Cydney Moore is still running daily operations at the camp. She has not responded to my requests for comment. Oasis Pastor Mark Miller says he has no comment at this time. I’m being told Moore and Miller knew about the allegations but still allowed Scott to stay at