About Us

The SunBreak is a conversation with Seattle.

We’re here to talk with everyone from politicos, chefs, and athletes, to artists, filmmakers, musicians, scientists, and neighborhood activists. Think of us as a little ray of sun shining through that infamous Seattle chill — a group of friendly people who won’t keep quiet and mind our own business.

We encourage like-minded Curious Georges to contribute to the site (send your pitches or inquiries to editor@thesunbreak.com), but if you’d rather just sit back and read, we won’t judge.

Flickr members can add their photos to two pools: the general SunBreak Flickr pool, for use in Glimpses or to accompany posts, or our SunBreak Cover Shot pool, which provides the photos featured behind our home page’s masthead.

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Publisher & Editor 
Michael van Baker [email] [twitter]

Food & Travel
Jay Friedman [email]

Stefan D-W [email]
Courtney Meaker [email]

Music & Film
Tony Kay [email] [twitter] 
Kelsey Kaufman [email] [twitter] 

Grunge Music
Clint Brownlee [email]

Classical Music
Philippa Kiraly [email]
Dana Wen [email]

At-Large Sports
Seth Kolloen [email]


Josh Bis [email] [twitter]


Managing Editor Emeritus
Audrey Hendrickson

Arts Editor Emeritus
Jeremy M. Barker

Arts Intern Emeritus
Leah Vendl [site]


For questions about ads, pricing, and sponsorships, email advertise@thesunbreak.com.

We use both internal and third-party traffic trackers. View our Quantcast profile here, or write to advertise@thesunbreak.com with any questions. We also accept sponsorship proposals for the home page and each category section. We offer a limited amount of contests and giveaways, depending on how well the contest fits the interests of our readers.

For a more reliable snapshot of our readership demographics than Quantcast can provide, we turn to our Facebook fans:

SunBreak Cover Shots courtesy of: Michael Holden, Ryan Healy (123), Shawn McClung (1234), and Chelsea Nesvig (1234). All other masthead photos courtesy of Michael van Baker. To be included, just join The SunBreak’s Cover Shot Flickr pool.


Per both FTC rules and to satisfy any reader curiosity, here’s more details on disclosure.

The SunBreak doesn’t usually pay the expenses of reviewers. Often the reviewer(s) pay(s) out of pocket, but they can also be the guest of the host, or given a media discount. We make it clear that these arrangements represent neither a guarantee of a favorable review, nor even a guarantee of coverage. Whenever possible, we distinguish editorially between events at which we are guests, rather than paying customers. We alert readers to any other arrangements on an article-by-article basis.

In general, our performing arts reviews and festival coverage relies on tickets or admission provided by the hosting organization, as is common practice. Books and CDs are often provided for review by artists, publishers, and labels. Some food-and-travel reporting includes discounted or free accommodations, which helps make visiting several places in one trip possible.

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Curious Georges in a conversation with Seattle