To the Editor:
I read the story you ran about me. Though it was a good article overall, there were points in the story that were not factual. My message about Filipinos being non-present in this city was not conveyed properly, which concerns me.
I feel I was mischaracterized or misrepresented. I am a professional journalist, and this concerns me a great deal.
Firstly, I was hired as the main morning anchor … and have since been moved to the evenings.
I told your reporter that I did see a few Filipino-owned businesses but felt that for the number of Filipinos in Washington state (approximately 80,000), we were not as present within the Asian community.
I am aware of the organizations and the great accomplishments of Filipinos from the Pacific Northwest. What I was simply saying is that I hope my presence in Seattle will be able to be another outlet or voice for the community.
I am proud of my people and what they have done in this community. I simply would like to help provide another “voice” for them to share the beauty of the people, the culture, and to bring our concerns and issues here in Washington to the forefront.
— Maria Arcega-Dunn, Q13 anchor