Tim Robinson sounds like he’s answered these questions before. Several times. “Yes,” he says with a sigh, “she’s our arts reporter.”
Robinson is the associate publisher of the West Seattle Herald, and “she” is Amanda Knox, Robinson’s newest employee. News started to spread earlier Tuesday that the Seattle native (and onetime Seattle Met contributor) convicted of murdering Meredith Kercher in 2007 was writing for the neighborhood paper, and Robinson had been fielding calls ever since.
As it turns out, the Knox-penned story that sparked interest from outlets like AOL News, New York Magazine, and the Daily Beast—a review of West Seattle High School’s production of Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead—has been online since October 27. And it’s far from her first contribution. Ken Robinson, Tim’s brother and the paper’s managing editor, says Knox has been filing stories for a couple months. “She’s a good writer and always meets her deadlines,” he says, as if Knox were just another cub reporter and not one of the most polarizing Seattle natives of the last two decades. She also takes her own photos.
Ken says she came to him looking for work and that he was happy to give her a shot, given her knowledge of the arts. “I’m glad to have her contribution, and I’m glad that she’s doing something in our community,” he says. As for why news of her employment just broke today, Ken has no idea. But he says the response from readers has been overwhelmingly positive. “Except for some crackpot in New York,” he says. “Other than that, I’ve got lots of attaboys from various sources.”
That said, it’s worth noting that comments on the theater review that broke the story have been closed. Because even when Knox is writing the news, she still is news.