Nicholas Deshais


Staff Writer and City Hall Reporter,  The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington)

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Nicholas Deshais is a staff writer and city hall reporter for The Spokesman-Review. He uncovered allegations of sexual harassment against the city’s police chief and wrote the obituary for Merrill Womach, a renowned singer who survived a fiery plane crash to invent the soundtrack for the modern funeral. Deshais rode his bike 450 miles across the state of Washington, sending daily dispatches back home for readers. Before joining the Spokesman, he worked for dailies and alternative newsweeklies, including the Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon, the Times-Herald in Port Huron, Michigan, and The Inlander in Spokane. He graduated from Portland State University.