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John Hamer
Executive Director
Washington News Council
Seattle, WA

P.O. Box 3672
Seattle, WA 98124-3672
Work: 206-262-9793
Fax: 206-464-7902

Holds the news media publicly accountable for their performance; mediates between individuals who feel personally damaged by media attention and the responsible media outlets

From the Washington News Council website:

What is the Washington News Council?

The Washington News Council is an independent, nonprofit, statewide organization whose members share a common belief that fair, accurate and balanced news media are vital to our democracy. We have been called an "Outside Ombudsman" or even "Better Business Bureau" for the news media in Washington state. We believe that a free press helps keep America strong, but with First Amendment rights come great responsibilities. We hold the news media publicly accountable for their performance, just as the media hold other institutions in our society publicly accountable. We also encourage open public dialogue among citizens and journalists regarding news media standards and ethics.