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Wealth & Poverty Review Exposing Steve Hickey: Part Two

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Part Two

Depending who you ask, King County Fire Commissioner Steve Hickey is a serial con artist or a faithful public servant moonlighting as an independent journalist. Either way, he’s now facing numerous legal challenges and his entire reputation is on the line. In part two of our series, YouTube journalist Tyler Oliveira and I take a closer look at fresh allegations and Hickey’s troubled past.

In Case You Missed It: Part One

In part one, Oliveira and I confronted Hickey with squatting claims. He’s refusing to leave a house belonging to another woman, claiming it should be his. Hickey has already been sanctioned in court for not providing all documents during discovery.

Seattle Media Are Digging

Hickey files are now open. More Seattle media digging. The current controversy revolves around his role as a King County Fire Commissioner. He’s on leave from duties as the investigation into his alleged abuse of power continues.

Lynnwood Accusations

Hickey is also accused of going into Lynnwood Council Chambers without authorization and filming CM Josh Binda’s promo video. They forgot to reset the alarm when they left, leaving City Hall totally vulnerable.

Industry Complaints

More industry complaints about Hickey. This is now turning into a full-blown inferno of allegations around abuse of power, construction scams, and squatting.

Alleged Victims Seeking Help from Attorney General

Hickey’s alleged victims are now in the process of contacting AG Bob Ferguson, hoping for an investigation into their claims.

Local Media Cut Ties

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. Some have already cut ties or are preparing to put a pause on the relationship.

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.