Ruby de Luna
Ruby de Luna is a reporter with a focus on food and how it intersects with health, communities, and culture. She has also reported on health care, and immigrant communities.
Ruby is a transplant from Taipei, Taiwan. She holds a B.A. in communication from Seattle Pacific University. She is proud to be one of the few old-schoolers who can edit tape with a razor blade.
Languages: English, Conversational Mandarin, Tagalog
Professional Affiliations: Member, AAJA
Seattle mayor plans to allow sip 'n stroll to bring people back downtown
Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell’s set of actions to address the fentanyl crisis is a mix of public health and public safety policies. And if approved, it would allow people to carry alcoholic drinks while gallery hopping during First Thursday Art Walk.
Expanded WA free-meal program headed to a school near you
It may not be the universal free school meals plan that supporters originally pushed for, but a bill that would expand the program to Washington state's youngest students is heading to Gov. Jay Inslee's desk for a signature.
Longtime, late-night downtown Seattle spot makes a comeback
Seattle business leaders welcome the news that Palace Kitchen is reopening. The longtime, late-night downtown spot has been on hiatus for three years. Its return, leaders hope, will mark a turning point in downtown’s revitalization.
WA Legislature passes bill aimed at reducing single-use plastics
Those travel-size bottles of shampoos, lotions or toiletries wrapped in plastic now offered in hotels will be a thing of the past.
Relief is on the way for Washington food banks struggling to keep up with demand
House Bill 1784, a hunger relief bill, is making its way to Gov. Jay Inslee’s office for his signature. The bill will earmark $28 million to hunger relief organizations to address food insecurity.
Remembering Remo Borracchini, whose cakes graced celebrations around Seattle
For generations his cake creations were synonymous with birthdays, weddings and graduations. Remo Borracchini of Borracchini’s Bakery in Seattle’s Rainier Valley died this month.
UW food pantry struggles to meet demand that goes beyond students
The University of Washington is seeing record numbers of people using its food pantry. It’s trying to keep shelves stocked as demand grows.
WA bill aims to increase access to Death with Dignity Act
Changes could be coming to Washington’s Death with Dignity Act, a measure that allows terminally ill patients to seek medical assistance with ending their lives.
WA families struggle with hunger as federal food assistance expires
Expanded benefits under the federal food assistance program known as SNAP are set to end this week. The expiration comes at a time when Washington residents continue to struggle with hunger.
Tacoma tests program to turn food waste into chicken feed
For Tacoma residents who don’t want to deal with smells and fruit flies, there’s a new alternative to composting. The city is testing a pilot program that aims to reduce food waste going into landfills by turning it into food for chickens.