A huge, huge thanks to Erica C. Barnett for her graciousness and inclusion of all sides of this thorny issue in detail. I feel excited and honoured to be interviewed along side my wonderful bus driver buds, Sam, Audrey and Jeremy; Erica is also a friend of mine from our shared interests in transit and urbanism in Seattle; if you don’t already know it, check out her blog here.
Doing press like this isn’t always a collaboration between friends, but that’s exactly what this one felt like. Please enjoy!
Check out the below for more of Nathan’s thoughts on COVID-19:
- On a local doctor friend’s medical breakthrough, which could save a lot of lives (now updated with med protocol, sources, interview, contact and more)
- On being misquoted in right-wing media after the lovely NPR interview below;
- NPR: KUOW: The Friendly Bus Driver in Socially Distant Times (scroll down for my 11-minute segment)
- Slate: Coronavirus Diaries: I’m a Bus Driver in Seattle, but No One’s Riding
- Urging Mr. Inslee to lock the city down (he would do so the day after this post)
- And, if you missed it, my own thoughts by way of a Bus Driver Appreciation Day post on drivers during the time of the virus!
Nathan Vass is an artist, filmmaker, photographer, and author by day, and a Metro bus driver by night, where his community-building work has been showcased on TED, NPR, The Seattle Times, KING 5 and landed him a spot on Seattle Magazine’s 2018 list of the 35 Most Influential People in Seattle. He has shown in over forty photography shows is also the director of nine films, six of which have shown at festivals, and one of which premiered at Henry Art Gallery. His book, The Lines That Make Us, is a Seattle bestseller and 2019 WA State Book Awards finalist.