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Spokane is at a pivotal moment. 

We need tough, open-hearted conversations and analysis to expand what we all think is possible in this place we love.

Photo by Eugene Mu, Spokane

Hey, I'm Luke Baumgarten

I’ve lived in Spokane County almost my entire life,  and I’ve dedicated my career to making it better. 

I told our stories for nearly a decade as a writer and editor at the Inlander, and when my friends and I noticed our most creative peers moving away, we founded Terrain to grow  community and help people build a creative life here. I’ve helped launch other things since -- each an attempt to help people and solve local problems.

Now, I'm returning to journalism

I believe we need to push the envelope of what’s possible and start building a better world right here, right now. 

Spokane is changing faster than I think most of us ever imagined it could. The choices we make today will impact the region for generations.

I’m not trying to replace the Inlander, the Spokesman or  (as much as I’d like to) anything on AM radio.

RANGE is a supplement to the great reporting done in local newsrooms and an anti-venom for the reactionary poison spewed on editorial pages and certain slices of the radio and tv dial. 

Actual reviews from brilliant people

Reimagining a better world

I'm a fan. The 2020 Moment needs media like this to help us understand the moment and reimagine the future

- DitkaHesterPolishSausage via iTunes

Hot Takes

Dude is offering some good takes. Unapologetically progressive and super thoughtful.

- lolpoiyrssgh via iTunes

Worth a listen

Smart, thoughtful commentary. worth a listen. I'll keep coming back.

- RiverLawyer via iTunes

Okay, fine. If DitkaHesterPolishSausage says it's good, I'm in.

Thanks. Let's go make some trouble.