Founded in January 2009, PubliCola is a blog about Seattle politics written by journalists who are dedicated to nonpartisan, original daily reporting that prioritizes a balanced approach. Started by longtime local editor and award-winning reporter Josh Feit, PubliCola is the first online-only news site in state history to get media credentials to cover the state capitol. PubliCola was off and running.
In June 2009 PubliCola hired another award-winning journalist, super-sourced Seattle city hall reporter Erica C. Barnett.
In June 2012, after three and a half years on the beat establishing its reputation as a politics news must-read, PubliCola got bought by SagaCity Media, owner of the Seattle monthly magazine Seattle Metropolitan, which was seeking to expand its own local politics coverage.
Since teaming up with Seattle Met PubliCola has continued to succeed. In March 2013 the Washington Post named PubliCola one of the country's best local state politics blogs. And Josh's Seattle Met feature about the 2013 governor's race won a first place SPJ magazine award for politics reporting.
People were afraid that blogging would change journalism. Instead, PubliCola believes journalism can change blogging. Twenty-first-century journalism may look and feel different, and yes Erica isn’t afraid to get cranky, but we’re committed to making sure online news still delivers independent, reliable, even-keeled coverage. And most of all, we’re committed to making sure the coverage sparks honest civic debate.
Bringing you cola for the people, PubliCola is named after Publius Valerius PubliCola, the alias for the authors of the Federalist Papers—the original bloggers.