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Florangela Davila is a journalist who works across media: print, broadcast, online and the stage.
She began her career as a print reporter covering schools at the Alameda Times-Star (RIP) and then as a longtime staff writer at The Seattle Times where she wrote both news and feature stories. Her beats included race and immigration, the environment and night culture. Her work earned local, regional and national awards.
After 16 years in newspapers, she made the leap to public radio as a reporter and producer launching a weekly arts feature at KPLU-FM (now KNKX) and serving as interim education reporter.
As a freelance reporter, she has contributed work to NPR, the Northwest News Network, BBC's Food Programme, Colorado Public Radio, PBS-affiliate KCTS-TV, NPR's "The Salt" blog, espn.com, Seattle magazine and Crosscut.com.
Florangela spent 5 years as a part-time faculty member in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. She has worked with teams of young female filmmakers at ReelGrrls. For years she also co-managed a high school jazz program.
As a director at environmental nonprofit Forterra, she led communications and community engagement programs including launching Ampersand, an award-winning printed journal and Ampersand Live, an annual stage show that marries storytelling with music, dance and journalism.
In 2017, she joined the online public media outlet Crosscut (an affiliate of Cascade Public Media and KCTS9) as managing editor. In addition to driving news, arts and opinion content, building the reporting team and diversifying the freelance ranks, she led the newsroom to a host of 2017 Society of Professional Journalism Northwest awards and inclusion on Seattle magazine's Most Influential list for 2018. She has been serving as interim Executive Editor of Crosscut and KCTS9 since November 2018.
Florangela is a board member of The Westerlies , a genre-defying New York City-based brass quartet, and On the Boards , a contemporary performing arts organization. She lives in Seattle with her journalist husband Glenn Nelson and their dog Santana, who is named after Carlos.
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