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Sam: Morlin, Steele Absolute Tops

RE: Morlin, Steele, Webster leaving SR/Huckleberries Online

Sam: Bill Morlin is an amazing investigative reporter, as is Karen Dorn Steele and them not being at that paper is a severe, severe loss. Work I did last year exposing a local man lying about his educational background and then working as a contractor, among other things, earthquake-proofing places like the Hanford nuclear site is a DIRECT result of Bill Morlin first getting the list of thousands of people who purchased fake degrees from a Spokane diploma mill from a source. His work on that story exposed people nationwide and led to the investigation of Washington State Troopers who purchased fake degrees and used them to get raises. His work on other stories had the same impact, most especially his work on the Aryan Nations in Idaho. Seriously, I geek out when I hear Bill Morlin's name and I honestly couldn't care less who knows it.

Question: Any local media person -- from newspaper, radio or television -- make you "geek out"?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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