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The Reporter’s Notebook’s David Kroman on the Real Reasons Eastern Washington Voted for Trump

Donald Trump received 77 percent of the vote in Ritzville, Wash. Hear what one reporter learned from talking to voters there.

December 2, 2016

On this edition of Reporter’s Notebook, Crosscut staff reporter David Kroman talks with KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna about his recent stories from Eastern Washington where he talked with residents of the small farming town of Ritzville, Wash, where Donald Trump received 77 percent of the vote (read the story). We learn about their support of Trump and how the state’s east-west divide is such a significant factor east of the Cascades. We also talk about an interesting and sometimes testy Grant County Superior Court race where the sitting judge David Estudillo, appointed to the post by Governor Jay Inslee, squeaked out a win to remain the only judge of Latino descent in Eastern Washington. ​


Enrique Cerna

The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.

Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.

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