John Hopperstad is a Seattle native (well, Lake Forest Park), and a graduate of the University of Washington. He learned at a young age to bypass umbrellas no matter how hard it rains.

After a stint in the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer and several years reporting on TV in the great state of Maine, he returned home to the warmer and wetter climate of Washington state.

He’s a fan of Batman, Reggae music, and the friendship of dogs, along with watching his 3 sons grow taller than him and better looking by the day.


Recent Articles
  • Seattle Police: Two men wanted in downtown shooting that killed 1, injured 7 others

    Police say one person is under arrest and two others are wanted in connection with Wednesday's shooting in downtown Seattle that killed one person and injured seven others.

  • 1917 – A brilliant, brutal World War 1 mission that pays off

    Well, ‘1917’ is the best film of the year. And by year, I mean 2020, and all of 2019 as well. It takes you into World War 1, through the eyes of two young British soldiers, and shows you once again the brutal war machine we have been feeding our youth to for centuries. The buzz about ‘1917,’ is the seemingly unbroken shot of our two main characters, played by Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay, that puts the viewer right […]

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Space opera sorta, finally ends

    The new Star Wars film looks very Star Wars-ey on the big screen, but something’s missing. Let’s call it fun. The original trilogy was full of swashbuckling space battles and adventures that, while often dire, always had a sense of humor (albeit often dark) and popcorn action that captured the imagination of more than one generation. This latest trilogy has shown very little of that. We dive right into a bleak universe where the bad guys, led by Adam Driver’s […]

  • Unique program brings babies into local classrooms to teach empathy, prevent bullying

    “There’s something about a baby that makes people drop their guards. It doesn’t matter what age, people are different when there’s a baby in the room because babies don’t judge you.”

  • Almond Roca, Tacoma’s top candy, still going strong after almost 100 years

    TACOMA, Wash. — It’s known as the candy that travels, but the makers of Almond Roca make their home in Tacoma. And the candy production in their factory shows no signs of slowing down. The first thing you notice is a slow-motion waterfall of toffee creeping along a cooling machine to make sure it’s not too chewy and not too hard. “It is the way we create the toffee,” said Kathi Rennaker with Brown and Haley, the company behind Almond […]

  • Point Ruston thrives as new trails connect to popular points

    TACOMA, Wash. — Most of us are drawn to the water, and around Tacoma, it’s bringing more and more people to the Point Ruston area. Leilani Jackson Lee remembers when the area was once a smelter plant and one of the most polluted sites in the country over the 20th Century. Now, she proudly calls the former superfund site home. “It’s just heaven on earth,” said Jackson-Lee. “It’s incredible, totally unbelievable.” Jackson-Lee joins the thousands who are trekking on a […]

  • Tacoma to welcome Las Vegas-style casino

    TACOMA, Wash. — You can’t drive on I-5 in Tacoma and not spot it: a giant new landmark that will house one of the biggest casinos in the state. The Puyallup Tribe’s new Emerald Queen Casino is already being called the Las Vegas of the Puget Sound, and it hasn’t even opened yet. The tribe says it’s also a jackpot for the community, with hundreds of jobs created and millions pouring into the local economy. EQC General Manager Frank Wright […]

  • Joker: Joaquin Phoenix shines as villainous clown

    First off, just give Joaquin Phoenix all the awards. He deserves any that come his way for his haunting portrayal of a mentally disturbed man beaten down by a cruel society before discovering violence and murder as his escape, at least in his damaged mind. Phoenix reportedly lost 55 pounds for the role and his bony, wiry frame carries this film in virtually every scene. He is mesmerizing as Arthur Fleck, a clown for hire, with a condition that causes […]

  • ‘What about Ivar’s?’ Big changes coming to Mukilteo waterfront with new ferry terminal

    For the last 30 years, Ivar’s Fish Bar has been the last stop for Mukilteo ferry riders to get a quick bite or a frozen treat, to the tune of 200,000 customers a year.

  • Mukilteo business builds incredible displays seen around the world

    MUKILTEO, Wash. — Among an industrial park hidden away in Mukilteo, the only thing that stands out is a giant paper airplane, an homage to Boeing and Paine Field up the road, but also a hint of what happens behind the warehouse doors. “We feel that our diversity is our edge,” said Mike Dillon, the man behind Dillon Works, “the fact that we think outside the box, and we can come up with unique ideas.” Those ideas are bursting off […]

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