Rick Anderson is a former San Francisco Chronicle sportswriter and an ex-news columnist for the The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The Seattle Times - where he won the Heywood Broun award for columns about the underdog. His newest book is Floating Feet: Irregular dispatches from the Emerald City. He is the winner of the National Association of Black Journalists Award for Investigative Reporting, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies national award for news reporting, is included in The Best American Crime Reporting anthology and in Seven Sins, a Village Voice Media anthology. He is also the author of Seattle Vice: Strippers, Prostitution, Dirty Money, and Crooked Cops in the Emerald City, which was turned into Seattle Vice The Musical by ACT theater in 2014; and Home Front: The Government's War on Soldiers. His work has appeared in Mother Jones, The Village Voice, Sports Illustrated, LA Weekly and Salon. He writes a column on "sex, crime, money, and politics, which tend to be the same thing," for Seattle Weekly.
"I was born on the front page. My dad was well-known in town and had been a big football star. Thus my birth got front-page billing in the Hoquiam 'Washingtonian,' under the headline 'Another Halfback is Born.' My uncle Art wrote sports for the Aberdeen 'Daily World' but I think I was more inspired by my grandfather Charlie Eddy, a drunken Irish newspaperman who reportedly tried to burn down his house for the insurance money. Now there's a journalist."