(Editor’s Note: Doug Nadvornick is news editor for the Pacific Northwest Inlander, which can be found online at: www.inlander.com).
When I’m at work, I visit a lot of government Web sites (spokanecity.org, spokanecounty.org, leg.wa.gov) to find meeting agendas and background materials that help me research stories. The Washington legislative Web site is great for tracking bills and allowing Spokane reporters to act like they’re with the legislature in Olympia.
The TV Washington Web site ( www.tvw.org) is great for government junkies; I go there to listen to committee hearings or legislative debates.
When I’m home, my mistress is sports. I’m a Washington State University alum and I get my Cougar fix at www.washingtonstate.rivals.com or at Glenn Kasses’ Spokesman-Review blog. I also spend most of my time reading four Seattle Mariner blogs ( www.ussmariner.com, www.lookoutlanding.com, prospectinsider.wordpress.com and www.detectovision.com).
When I’m dreaming about travel, I visit Rick Steves’ Web site (I’m a big fan of his public television programs) at www.ricksteves.com. I also like to read about my two favorite places in Europe, Venice and Bavaria. I found some great photos of Venice recently at terragalleria.com/europe/italy.
A few years ago I was remembering an old radio program I listened to as a kid, NBC Radio’s Monitor. I Googled it and found this great site, www.monitorbeacon.net, that I featured in a segment I produced for NPR when I worked there briefly two years ago.
There’s one other great Web site I visit to listen to great radio programs. It’s the Public Radio Exchange, www.prx.org. You can create your own free account and listen whenever you’re online.