Public Eye Northwest (PEN) is a Seattle-based non-profit that helps people and communities plug in to government information online so they can be informed, constructive participants in our democracy. As a news partner with The Seattle Times, our Public Data Ferret project captures and translates into plain language for readers a wide variety of important new government reports and information that would otherwise slip through the cracks. To accent government transparency and civic capacity building we also do teaching, journalism internships, outside publishing, social media, and consulting.
Our work covers Seattle and other local and regional governments in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. We also cover the Washington state and U.S. governments, and are expanding further into Washington state local and regional government coverage, drawing as always on online public data. With further support, we would like to extend our reach deeper into the Mountain West and Pacific Northwest.