Michael van Baker
Publisher & Editor in Chief [email] [twitter] MvB moved to Seattle in 1987 to attend Seattle University, and his affection for things with Seattle in the name is as yet undiminished. Earlier incarnations have seen him wearing marketing hats at Seattle Opera and the San Francisco Examiner. He wrote for Seattlest from 2005-09, becoming arts editor and editor-in-chief before leaving to found The SunBreak in September 2009.

The SunBreak is Hibernating for the Winter

08 Jan 2014 in Announcements, News

Seth Kolloen Previews the Seattle Seahawks Season on Your Kindle

03 Sep 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Sports

Huskies Crush Boise State Broncos in Return to Montlake

01 Sep 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Sports

The SunBreak’s Bumbershoot 2013 Picks

30 Aug 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, ARTS_FEATURED, Music, Theatre

Seattle Loses Its Cool with All-Time-High Lows

30 Aug 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Weather

Op-Ed: What About a “Broken Windows” Approach to Traffic Safety?

29 Aug 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Transportation

Are Seattle Drivers as Bad as Allstate Says?

28 Aug 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Transportation

University Village: Have a Molly Moon Cone with Your Scotch & Soda

27 Aug 2013 in Business, News, NEWS_FEATURED

A New Patch to Keep Mosquitoes from Sniffing You Out

27 Aug 2013 in Health, News, NEWS_FEATURED

Pearl Jam Doesn’t Really Want You to “Mind Your Manners” (Video)

26 Aug 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, ARTS_FEATURED, Music

Gondola Gap! B.C. Opening Up Lead on Seattle

20 Aug 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Transportation

Will Canon’s Sean Michael Johnson be the Nation’s “Most Imaginative Bartender”?

16 Aug 2013 in Bar, Drinks, Food

Dementia Fed by High Blood Sugar Levels? A Definite Maybe.

15 Aug 2013 in Health, News, NEWS_FEATURED

Just Like at Gawker, Commenter Rewrites Seattle Times Headline on Crime

13 Aug 2013 in Crime, News, Politics

In the Nordic-West, Seattle Opera’s “Ring” Fills a Great Hall

08 Aug 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, ARTS_FEATURED, Music, Theatre

McGinn and Murray to Battle for November’s Mayoral Title

07 Aug 2013 in News, Politics

Summer Reads for the Seattleite (Khaled Hosseini, Ben Winters)

02 Aug 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Literature

Seattle Man: “Who Turned Off the Sun?”

02 Aug 2013 in News, Weather

The SunBreak is Looking for a Site Editor & More

01 Aug 2013 in Announcements, News, NEWS_FEATURED

Oahu’s September Aloha Festivals are for Visitors, Too

01 Aug 2013 in Travel, TRAVEL_FEATURED

At Velocity’s Strictly Seattle, Students Draw a Crowd

31 Jul 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Dance

Seattle Drivers Not Sure if They Have Hit Everyone Yet

31 Jul 2013 in News, Transportation

Zoo-Born Western Pond Turtles Making a Washington Comeback

30 Jul 2013 in Environment, News

An Autistic View of a Neurotypical World, on POV

29 Jul 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Film & TV

Seattle Public Library Has Got Your Netflix-Style Streaming Right Here

29 Jul 2013 in Announcements, Education, News, NEWS_FEATURED

Saturday, Alki is Going on a Beach Cleanse

26 Jul 2013 in Announcements, Environment, News

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Waterfront

25 Jul 2013 in Environment, News, NEWS_FEATURED, Politics, Real Estate, Transportation

Lake Union Duck Dodge Celebrates 39 Years of People Asking “WTF is Going On?”

24 Jul 2013 in News, Sports

In Race with McGinn & Murray, Citizen Steinbrueck Starts Throwing Elbows

24 Jul 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Politics

Seattle Sight-Seeing from the 73rd Floor

23 Jul 2013 in Announcements, News, NEWS_FEATURED

The Divorce: Washington State Republicans vs. Big Business & Boeing

23 Jul 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Politics, Transportation

A “Why Did That Boeing 787 Catch on Fire?” FAQ

18 Jul 2013 in News, Transportation

Will Road Rage in Sleepy West Seattle Fuel Drive for Street Safety?

17 Jul 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Politics, Transportation

Gates Foundation to Chronicle of Higher Education: Our Critics are Idiots

16 Jul 2013 in Education, News, NEWS_FEATURED

What May Be the Coolest Video of a Culvert Installation Ever

15 Jul 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Transportation

Gay Activists Fight the Squick Factor in Blood-Donation Ban

15 Jul 2013 in Health, News, NEWS_FEATURED

Reminder: 520 Bridge Closed for the Weekend

12 Jul 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Transportation

An Indomitable Maria Cantwell is Back with a Glass-Steagall Posse

11 Jul 2013 in Business, News, NEWS_FEATURED, Politics

Seattle’s Tunnel Boring Machine Waiting on Concrete Liner Maker’s Next Move

09 Jul 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Transportation

An Oasis of Birding Just off Busy Seattle Streets

08 Jul 2013 in Environment, News, NEWS_FEATURED

After Weekend Closure, a “Mercer East” Construction Update

08 Jul 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Transportation

YouTube Lets You Ride Along with SFD’s Ladder 10

03 Jul 2013 in Announcements, News

Op-Ed: Seattle Times Editorial Board’s Pitiful Swing at McGinn’s Gigabit Broadband

02 Jul 2013 in Business, News, NEWS_FEATURED, Politics

Glimpses: “Where the Bee Sucks”

02 Jul 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Visual Arts

Heat Wave? Seattle, You Don’t Know Heat Waves

01 Jul 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Weather

Is Rail the Answer for Seattle’s Waterfront Tourism & High-Capacity Transit?

28 Jun 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Politics, Transportation

The Sun’ll Come Out Tomorrow, Seattle!

27 Jun 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Weather

Why That Fish You Ordered is Holding Up the State Budget

26 Jun 2013 in Environment, Health, News, NEWS_FEATURED, Politics

Reviews: Spectrum’s “Autopsy of Love” & a Spotlight on Shannon Stewart

25 Jun 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, ARTS_FEATURED, Dance

With New “Radar” Feature, Car2go Now Finds You

25 Jun 2013 in News, Transportation

Seattle to Get Gigabit-Speed Internet, Through Fiber and Clouds, in 2014

24 Jun 2013 in Business, News, NEWS_FEATURED

See “Hannah Arendt” for the Sukowa, If Not the Full Story

21 Jun 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Film & TV

A Different Kind of Leak Gives Lie to DOE’s Hanford “Clean-Up”

21 Jun 2013 in Environment, News, NEWS_FEATURED, Science

Down in the Dirt with the 2013 Northwest New Works Festival

20 Jun 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Dance, Music, Theatre

In Solar-Power Surprise, Clouds Can Raise Energy Output

20 Jun 2013 in Environment, News, NEWS_FEATURED, Science, Weather

A Photography Show Tries to Fit Seattle’s Theatre Scene into the Frame

19 Jun 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Theatre, Visual Arts

New Flyer Trolley Buses Taking Over in Hilly, Hydro-Powered West-Coast Cities

18 Jun 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Transportation

Grappling with Britten’s “War Requiem” at Seattle Symphony

14 Jun 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Reminder: Seattle Graduates this Weekend

14 Jun 2013 in Announcements, Education, News, NEWS_FEATURED

Getaway: Seattle to San Juan’s Humpbacks and Back

13 Jun 2013 in Travel, TRAVEL_FEATURED

Act 1, Scene 1: A One-Act Play Festival Begins

13 Jun 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Theatre

After Belo Sale to Gannett, Who Owns What in Seattle TV News?

13 Jun 2013 in Business, News, NEWS_FEATURED

City Council to Nickelsville: Stop Being Homeless by Sept. 1 or Face Eviction

12 Jun 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Politics, Real Estate

All-in-One Seattle Transit-Tracker Busdrone Now on Android

12 Jun 2013 in News, Transportation

“Camion” and a Qu├ębecois Poetics of the Masculine

11 Jun 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, ARTS_FEATURED, Film & TV

Meyer’s Texas Epic “The Son” Sweeps from Comanches to Oil Barons

10 Jun 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Literature

Trader Joe’s Silent Movie Monday at the Paramount Goes International

10 Jun 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, ARTS_FEATURED, Film & TV

“The Prey,” a Hyperactive Action-Thriller from France [Review]

07 Jun 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Film & TV

Road News: Mercer Exit Closure, Cracked 520 Pontoons, Tunnel Tolls

07 Jun 2013 in News, Transportation

Cyclists! Redhook Brewery’s Forecasters Pub Welcomes You Once More

06 Jun 2013 in Bar, Food

So How Do You Like car2go’s Glitchy Smart Cars and Customer Service?

06 Jun 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Transportation

Hum of Half-Million Bees to Fill Sea-Tac Scrublands

06 Jun 2013 in Environment, News, NEWS_FEATURED

On the Attraction of “Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys” at Washington Ensemble

05 Jun 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, ARTS_FEATURED, Theatre

Op-Ed: Who Will Own the Driverless Car?

05 Jun 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Transportation

Seattle’s Meteorologist “Math Squad” Pushes for Better Math Textbooks

04 Jun 2013 in Education, News, NEWS_FEATURED

Pacific Science Center Hosts NASA’s “Destination: Station” Exhibit this Summer

03 Jun 2013 in Announcements, News, NEWS_FEATURED, Science

In Seattle, Wheeldon’s “Tide Harmonic” Nets Waves of Applause

02 Jun 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, ARTS_FEATURED, Dance

Seattle Aquarium’s Harbor Seal Exhibit is a $6.5-Million Stunner

31 May 2013 in Environment, News, NEWS_FEATURED

Amtrak’s Extra Train to Bellingham Leaves Seattle at 8:15 AM

31 May 2013 in News, Transportation

Asteroid Hunters Kickstart a Public Space Telescope

30 May 2013 in Business, News, NEWS_FEATURED, Science

SIFF 2013 Picks (Week 2)

29 May 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, ARTS_FEATURED, Film & TV

This Fall, H&M Goes to the Auburn Outlet Mall

29 May 2013 in Business, News, NEWS_FEATURED

Getting In On the Ground Floor with zoe | juniper

28 May 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, ARTS_FEATURED, Dance

Why Washington State is the Place Bigfoot Calls Home

28 May 2013 in Environment, News, NEWS_FEATURED

Northwest Folklife Festival Starts Friday at Seattle Center

23 May 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Music

Want to Help the University of Washington Upgrade Burke-Gilman Trail?

23 May 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Transportation

What We’ve Seen at SIFF 2013 (Week 1)

22 May 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, ARTS_FEATURED, Film & TV

How to Get to the Light Rail at SeaTac Airport (Video)

22 May 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Transportation

Civil Engineers Give Washington a “C” on Infrastructure Report Card

21 May 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Politics, Transportation

Glazer’s Camera Will Survive Hot SLU Real Estate Market

20 May 2013 in Business, News, NEWS_FEATURED, Real Estate

A Third-Degree Slow Burn, at Whim W’Him

20 May 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, ARTS_FEATURED, Dance

North Cascades National Park Makes List of Top 10 “Hidden Gems”

20 May 2013 in Environment, News, Politics

Alaska Airlines Gouging Them, Say Flight Attendants with Strained Smiles

20 May 2013 in Business, News, NEWS_FEATURED, Transportation

“Beat the Bridge” Diabetes Fun Run-Walk-Roll Hits Montlake Sunday

18 May 2013 in Announcements, Health, News, Sports

Whim W’Him’s Back with Flowers & Shadows for a Weekend Run

18 May 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Dance

Ozon Sets a Literary Lurker Loose “In the House”

16 May 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Film & TV

Busdrone Lets You Watch Metro Buses (and More) Move Slowly in Real-Time

16 May 2013 in News, Transportation

How Many Seattle Postal Carriers Were Bitten By Dogs in 2012?

16 May 2013 in Health, News, NEWS_FEATURED

Why Your King County Metro Bus Route’s Future is Up to the State

15 May 2013 in News, NEWS_FEATURED, Transportation

Mayor McGinn: How About $3 Million More in Road Safety Improvements?

14 May 2013 in News, Politics, Transportation