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Starla L. Fitch is the publisher and editor of Urban Life Northwest. It was her vision that created Urban Life Northwest. She took a risk by starting a business during troubled economy times. Even with the calculated risk, she forged ahead to pursue her dream of publishing a magazine that would represent people of color in a positive and progressive light. She believes in quality and she has published quality from day one. Each month, she received emails, letters and calls about how much this magazine means to people of color in the Pacific Northwest. Because of this, she continues to showcase and discuss people, places and things that are important to communities of color. It is her belief that these communities deserve to have a full-color, quality, magazine that can compete with any other local or regional magazine in the Pacific Northwest. Each and every month, with the help of her contributors, she makes this dream a reality. The decision to becoming an e-magazine, was not easy but it has not changed her determination or focus. When the economy improves, it is her goal to once again publish this magazine in print. In the meantime, she will continue to publish online and hopes that her print audience will make the transition and embrace Urban Life Northwest online.

Miklos Fitch is the husband of Starla L. Fitch and they have a 4 year old son named Grant. Miklos works as a Human Resources executive but in his spare time, helps with the creation of this magazine. A self-professed “computer geek�, who helps with graphics, layout, internet and anything else that needs to be done. He is also an amateur photographer and aspiring novelist. Several of his photos have appeared in this magazine. His photos have been displayed at the Puyallup Fair photography competition in 2007 & 2008. He is proud of the impact this magazine is making on the Northwest. He looks forward to see what the future holds for Urban Life Northwest. Djuna Basconcelo has been writing for Urban Life Northwest since its inception. She believes in this magazine. She knows how dedicated and passionate our publisher is about Urban Life Northwest therefore she freely gives her time to help make this magazine a success. Not only does she write but when time permits, she helps with editing. As a professional realtor, she knows the ins and outs of the real estate market and can help you navigate the waters. For more information, you may contact her at www.TheReDoc.com.

Lora-Ellen McKinney is a gifted professional writer who has authored several books. In December 2008, she agreed to lend her talent and insight to Urban Life Northwest. Her first article for Urban Life Northwest was printed in the January 2009 issue. Each month she submits informative and thought-provoking articles for our readers. She has quite a following. In addition to the many books she has written, and her work with Urban Life Northwest, she also publishes a blog - lemboland.com. Lora-Ellen has something to say and what she says is worth hearing. To hear more from Lora-Ellen, check out her blog - http://l-emboland.blogspot.com. 6

Our Anniversary Issue - October 2009  

Celebrating our first year in circulation.

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