Podcast | How Spokane community members revived The Black Lens

The newspaper’s future was in question after founder Sandy Williams died. Reporter Mai Hoang talks about the push to get it up and running again.

Sandy Williams, founder of The Black Lens

Sandy Williams, founder of The Black Lens, passed away in 2022. Spokane’s Black newspaper is now relaunching under new leadership. (Young Kwak for Cascade PBS)


For years Black readers in Eastern Washington could rely on The Black Lens, a Spokane-based newspaper, for community news.  

That changed in 2022, when founder Sandy Williams died in a floatplane crash

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Suddenly the fate of the publication — which had already been on hiatus — was left hanging in the balance. 

In this episode of Northwest Reports, Mai Hoang talks about the push to revive The Black Lens, the publication’s value to community members and the legacy of Sandy Williams.   

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