Wealth & Poverty Review Exposing Steve Hickey: White Collar Squatter?

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Bombshell Allegations

King County Fire District Commissioner Steve Hickey is accused of squatting, fraud, and intimidation by a growing list of victims.

Complicating matters, he’s a well-known independent journalist with more than a million followers on TikTok and Instagram.

YouTube’s Tyler Oliveira and I recently confronted him and tried to get his side of the story. Here is the first installment with much more to come.

Hickey the Independent Journalist

Hickey is a force on social media and touts himself as a journalist you can trust. In this day and age where mainstream local news outlets are collapsing, his influence was growing. Full disclosure, Hickey and I have helped each other out on stories in the past. Which is why the allegations are so stunning and difficult for me to process as well.

Hickey the “Stringer”

Hickey is also a “stringer.” He makes it out to breaking news scenes and sells the video to local stations like KING, KOMO, and KIRO.

Housing Justice Project Involved

Surprise, surprise. King County Bar Association’s Housing Justice Project represented Hickey in the early stages of his alleged squatting case. But Hickey moved on from HJP’s Sebastian Stockpyle and now has a new attorney.

Hickey the Commissioner

Hickey is also heavily sourced in WA’s law enforcement and first responder community. He’s currently the Commissioner at King County Fire Protection District #47.

Steve Hickey – King County Fire Protection District #47 (

Hickey the Candidate

It appears Hickey plans on running again.

Full Investigation on YouTube

Bellevue deadbeat tenant Sang Kim makes a cameo appearance. Bottom line, now the world gets to see the broken King County court system and the failed laws that have enabled groups like Housing Justice Project to thrive.

Jonathan Choe

Journalist and Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Jonathan Choe is a journalist and Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty, covering homelessness issues for its Fix Homelessness initiative. Prior to joining Discovery, Choe spent several years as one of the lead reporters at KOMO-TV, consistently the top rated television station in Seattle. His in depth stories on crime and deep dive investigations into the homeless crisis led to measurable results in the community, including changes in public policy. Choe has more than two decades of experience in television news behind the scenes and in front of the camera for ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and Tribune. He has also been nominated and honored with multiple industry awards including an Emmy. Choe spent several years teaching classes on emerging media and entrepreneurship to under privileged youth in inner city Chicago. As an independent journalist, Choe also contributes regularly to the Mill Creek View and Lynnwood Times and has reported on exclusive stories in the past year for Daily Wire and The Postmillennial.