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
  • Beekeeper says Asian Giant Hornets wiped out one of his hives, ‘decapitating every honeybee’

    “If honeybees have a problem, then our food supply has a problem."

  • Seattle parks to be open this weekend with new guidelines

    Seattle’s parks will stay open this weekend, with some new guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic. Last weekend, Seattle closed its most popular parks and beaches because of concerns that crowds would gather in warmer weather and spread the virus.

  • ‘It’s very surreal’: Guardsmen arrive to help local food banks amid coronavirus crisis

    "The guard is about helping your community, standing up and saying, 'I’m a Washington citizen. I’m an American.' It's immeasurable the feeling we get to just be in support of folks like this right here, right now."

  • Birds of Prey: Margot Robbie mesmerizes in action-packed romp

    It’s a big year for Batman’s most famous archnemeses. Joker arrived to acclaim in his own movie and a billion-dollar box office, and now Harley Quinn gets her showcase on the silver screen. Margot Robbie reprises her role from Suicide Squad and shines as the crazy-cool-batty anti-hero in this flick. As the movie starts, we find out she and the Joker are on the outs, but she soon discovers that a break-up with Gotham’s number one baddie means Harley loses […]

  • 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 […]

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