Walter Usiak

Veteran journalist for The Stranger, Walter Usiak, has joined Public Radio Seattle as co-host of Midnight Blue Weekend with Isaac Engleberg.

Usiak comes from a strong background of progressive journalism and social activism. His popular columns in The Stranger have garnered him not just attention in Seattle, but nationwide. USA Today, The New York Times, CNN and The Boston Globe are just a few publications who have picked up his articles for national circulation.

Among Usiak’s most popular pieces are a piece detailing Kshama Sawant before she was a household name in Seattle, and his investigative reporting of minimum wage earners and their struggles during the fight for a $15 minimum wage.

Usiak still writes for The Stranger and is excited to have a weekend gig with Public Radio Seattle overnight. He says he is looking forward to the challenge, and this timeslot is unique in that it will be reaching people from all walks of life. Whether they are driving home from a Saturday Night housewarming party, or just staying up light like a night owl, there will be plenty to talk about.

Usiak credits his academic upbringing at the University of Colorado, Boulder for his progressive politics and social activism. He said getting involved in the political and activism scene while at UC really helped him mold his political stances. Amongst the issues he fought for at UC were George W. Bush’s stolen election, the fake Monica Lewinsky scandal and Bill Clinton’s impeachment, and Elian Gonzalez.

Usiak graduated from University of Colorado, Boulder in 2001 and has been with The Stranger since 2006. Before coming to The Stranger, he wrote for the Denver Post. He is married to his wife Faye and has a son, Walter Jr., and a daughter, Nina.