Welcome to the Sammamish Independent!


 About Us

Founded in 2020, the Sammamish Independent is committed to providing credible news coverage for our fellow neighbors in Sammamish. Our coverage is led by a five-member editorial board, with each board member focusing on one of the newspaper’s coverage areas. This board also makes collective decisions on which editorials and op-ed submissions to publish. Our current editorial board members are:


Maddie Coats

City Editor

Maddie is a recent graduate from the University of Washington with degrees in journalism and creative writing. She is also an alumnus of Eastlake High School. Her passion for political reporting came from a winter internship at the Washington State Capitol during the 2019 legislative session. She currently works for a weekly newspaper in Woodinville, Washington.

Lin Yang

Lin Yang

Lead Podcast Producer

Lin is a former journalist who has written for the New York Times, South China Morning Post, Deutsche Presse-Agentur and the Straits Times. He currently works for a technology company in the Seattle area. He graduated from Eastlake High School, and founded the Sammamish Youth Board during his senior year. 

Sudeshna Dixit

Sudeshna Sathe Dixit

Community Editor

Sudeshna is a transplant from India who has lived in Sammamish for the past 20 years. She owns a small business that focuses on selling environmentally friendly, ethically made products. She also serves on the City of Sammamish Arts Commission and on the board of Plateaupians for Peace, a local nonprofit.
Nancy Colburn

Nancy Colburn

Education Editor

Nancy is the co-founder of Eastside Parents of ADD/ADHD Kids and works part-time for the Lake Washington School District as a classroom aide, para-educator and office staff. She is also a trustee for the Lake Washington Schools Foundation (LWSF) and part of the leadership team of Balance in Mind, a mental health initiative of LWSF. Nancy and her husband have two kids and have lived in Sammamish since 2002.

Holly Hoyt

Holly Heitsch Hoyt

Sports Editor

Holly grew up enjoying a variety of sports including gymnastics, volleyball, baseball, softball, track, and soccer, and later in life took up kickboxing, taekwondo and arnis.  Eventually, she became an instructor in all three sports. Holly was born in Pullman but graduated from the University of Washington. She moved to Sammamish more than 20 years ago, and all three of her children went to Eastlake High School (1 is still there).