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The site was launched in July 2009 by former Seattle Post-Intelligencer journalists. It has three full-time editorial employees, along with several contributors and interns, and it primarily syndicates its work to other news outlets, such as The Oregonian and SeattlePI.com.
Its planned $1.35 million first-year budget was intended to be funded by a variety of grants and donations from foundations, businesses, and individuals. Though almost none of that funding was in place at its founding, the site would ultimately receive grants from the Bullitt Foundation and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and later from the Brainerd Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2014, the site announced $200,000 in grants from three different foundations.
The Zonie Report was a local online news site that covered the state of Arizona. The Report ran from 2006 to March 2010, when its founder and editor, Adam Klawonn, shut it down to focus on his work at Phoenix magazine and a mobile light-rail publication called CityCircles. The Report lost money and had a…