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.


Seattle Building Destroyed by Fire Regularly Used by Homeless and Drug Addicts

Seattle Fire crews still dealing with hot spots inside a vacant building at the corner of 10th Ave & Jackson St. in Chinatown-ID. At this point, investigators say the cause of the Monday morning fire is still unclear. But neighbors say homeless people and drug addicts have been breaking into this property and squatting. No reports of injuries.

Homeless Inundated with Smoke Near Seattle Chinatown Building Fire

Some homeless living in an encampment on a hillside above the Chinatown-ID fire are complaining of smoke inhalation. At least 20 people are staying in tents and structures. Fire crews are still dealing with hot spots inside a vacant building at the corner of 10th Ave. & Jackson St in Seattle.

Notorious Drug Corner Street Expected to Reopen Tuesday Morning After Building Fire

Well-deserved round of applause for Seattle Fire crews working non-stop in Chinatown-ID after a two-alarm inferno destroyed a vacant building. But it feels like the CID has lost another part of its cultural identity. Meanwhile, the notorious 12th Ave & Jackson St. drug corner nearby remains quiet for first time in quite a while. Streets expected to reopen Tuesday morning.

King County Creates Fenced-In Homeless Encampment in Burien

Last week, King County fenced in a grassy area for the homeless near the Burien courthouse and sheriff's department. It was an impromptu move to encourage people living on the streets to stay in this spot instead of the busy downtown core. But there's no oversight and some are concerned it will attract more homeless to this area.

Cops Ignore Sidewalk Fires in Canada’s Skid Row

Some call it Canada's Skid Row so I had to check out Hastings St. in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. It's one of the worst fentanyl scenes in North America and home to dozens of supervised drug injection sites. Thursday night, two cops drove by as people were starting fires in the middle of the street. But they did nothing to stop it. Where is the enforcement of basic laws?

Billy Baldwin Witnesses Seattle’s Homelessness Crisis

Discovery Institute is going Hollywood! Our Senior Fellow Dr. Robert Marbut teamed up with film producer Robert Craig and actor Billy Baldwin to make "Americans With No Address," one of the most important documentaries highlighting the nation's homeless crisis. We Heart Seattle's Andrea Suarez is also a key voice in the movie. Some of the cast members recently took a tour of Seattle.

Seattle Homeless Man Builds “Homeless White House”

President Joe Biden is in Seattle Friday and Saturday to mingle with the elites and raise campaign cash. On the opposite side of the tracks, there's a guy who's also feeling presidential in his very own "homeless White House." Mr. Biden, you gotta take a look!

Bellevue Serial Squatter Behind on Rent . . . Again!

Bellevue deadbeat tenants Sang and Youjin Kim are late on their May rent. This comes after King County Housing Justice Project used taxpayer dollars to pay nearly $90K in back rent so the Kim's could remain in this $2M Woodridge property. Mom & pop landlord Jaskaran Singh says the Kims now have 14 days to pay or vacate the property.

Legislation Introduced to Hold Housing Justice Project Accountable

King County Council Vice-Chair Reagan Dunn following through and introducing legislation to hold King County Bar Association's Housing Justice Project accountable. "King County must intervene immediately to bring accountability to Housing Justice Project programs, audit how our funds are being used, and stop ill-intended crooks from continuing to exploit eviction prevention aid,” says Dunn.