Boeing coverage for Der Spiegel and others


Retired Boeing engineer for Der Spiegel

Retired Boeing engineer Stan Sorscher poses for a portrait in Mukilteo, Washington, USA, on Thu., Feb. 22, 2024. Sorscher worked for Boeing for 20 years and also served as an elected official and staff member in the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) professional labor union.

For the German newsweekly magazine Der Spiegel, I photographed retired Boeing engineer Stan Sorscher and the sights around Paine Field near the Boeing Everett Factory.

This was the last of a series of coverage of starting in January with the New York Times’ initial report about an Alaska Airlines flight losing a door plug in the air and continuing through the past couple of months of tumultuous news for the company.

Many of these images are now available for licensing via Redux and Zuma Press.

Tourists watch a Boeing 777-9 (777X) airplane land at Paine Field (Snohomish County Airport) near the Boeing Everett Factory in Everett, Washington, USA, on Thu., Feb. 22, 2024.
Retired Boeing engineer Stan Sorscher poses for a portrait at the edge of Paine Field (Snohomish County Airport) near the Boeing Everett Factory in Everett, Washington, USA, on Thu., Feb. 22, 2024. Sorscher worked for Boeing for 20 years and also served as an elected official and staff member in the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) professional labor union.
Tourists watch a Boeing 777-9 (777X) airplane taxi after landing at Paine Field (Snohomish County Airport) near the Boeing Everett Factory in Everett, Washington, USA, on Thu., Feb. 22, 2024.
Retired Boeing engineer Stan Sorscher poses for a portrait at the edge of Paine Field (Snohomish County Airport) near the Boeing Everett Factory in Everett, Washington, USA, on Thu., Feb. 22, 2024. Sorscher worked for Boeing for 20 years and also served as an elected official and staff member in the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) professional labor union.
A Boeing airplane stands parked near the Future of Flight museum at the edge of Paine Field (Snohomish County Airport) near the Boeing Everett Factory in Everett, Washington, USA, on Thu., Feb. 22, 2024.

Other recent Boeing coverage - Outside the Renton and Everett Boeing Factories

A mural featuring a Boeing 737-8 is seen on the Boeing Renton Factory in Renton, Washington, USA, on Thu., Jan. 25, 2024. The Boeing Renton Factory is where the company manufactures 737 Max airplanes.
Boeing airplanes stand in various stages of maintenance outside the Boeing Renton Factory in Renton, Washington, USA on Tue., March 12, 2024. The Boeing Renton Factory is where the company's 737 MAX passenger airliners are manufactured.
Razor wire and fences surround a Boeing facility in Seattle, Washington, USA, on Thu., Jan. 25, 2024.
Boeing airplanes stand in various stages of maintenance outside the Boeing Renton Factory in Renton, Washington, USA on Tue., March 12, 2024. The Boeing Renton Factory is where the company's 737 MAX passenger airliners are manufactured.
Boeing airplanes in various stages of maintenance stand at the edge of the runway of Renton Municipal Airport near the Boeing Renton Factory in Renton, Washington, USA on Tue., March 12, 2024. The Boeing Renton Factory is where the company's 737 MAX passenger airliners are manufactured.
An unused aircraft maintenance staircase stands outside the Boeing Renton Factory in Renton, Washington, USA on Tue., March 12, 2024. The Boeing Renton Factory is where the company's 737 MAX passenger airliners are manufactured. The stairs are labeled "Boeing 737."
A tourist holds a Boeing Store shopping bag while watching airplane activity at Paine Field (Snohomish County Airport) near the Boeing Everett Factory in Everett, Washington, USA, on Thu., Feb. 22, 2024.
A "private property" sign on the fence outside  Boeing facilities near Paine Field in Everett, Washington, USA, on Thu., Jan. 11, 2024. After an incident with a Boeing 737 Max 9 airplane almost a week ago, the FAA has today announced an investigation into the company and its safety practices.
The Boeing Everett Factory is an airplane assembly facility operated by Boeing in Everett, Washington, USA, on Thu., Jan. 11, 2024. The facility is one of the largest buildings in the world. After an incident with a Boeing 737 Max 9 airplane almost a week ago, the FAA has today announced an investigation into the company and its safety practices.
A technician on a scissor lift works on a Boeing airplane parked outside the Boeing Renton Factory in Renton, Washington, USA on Tue., March 12, 2024. The Boeing Renton Factory is where the company's 737 MAX passenger airliners are manufactured.
Tourists watch a Boeing 777-9 (777X) airplane taxi after landing at Paine Field (Snohomish County Airport) near the Boeing Everett Factory in Everett, Washington, USA, on Thu., Feb. 22, 2024.
A surveillance camera is seen in front of a plane outside the Boeing Future of Flight museum near Paine Field in Everett, Washington, USA, on Thu., Jan. 11, 2024. After an incident with a Boeing 737 Max 9 airplane almost a week ago, the FAA has today announced an investigation into the company and its safety practices.

Recent assignment work around the Pacific Northwest


Grounded Boeing 737 Max 9 planes, for the New York Times

Grounded Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 (737-9) airplanes stand on the tarmac at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington, on Mon., Jan. 8, 2024. The airplanes were grounded after a "door plug" opened on an Alaska Airlines flight in midair, causing a large hole to open in the fuselage.
Grounded Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 (737-9) airplanes stand on the tarmac at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington, on Mon., Jan. 8, 2024. The airplanes were grounded after a "door plug" opened on an Alaska Airlines flight in midair, causing a large hole to open in the fuselage.
Grounded Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 (737-9) airplanes stand on the tarmac at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington, on Mon., Jan. 8, 2024. The airplanes were grounded after a "door plug" opened on an Alaska Airlines flight in midair, causing a large hole to open in the fuselage.
Grounded Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 (737-9) airplanes stand on the tarmac at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Washington, on Mon., Jan. 8, 2024. The airplanes were grounded after a "door plug" opened on an Alaska Airlines flight in midair, causing a large hole to open in the fuselage.

Dental Therapists on the Swinomish Reservation, for the Wall Street Journal

Sarah Chagnon, 34, a Licensed Dental Therapist, provides a filling and preventative dental services, including applying fluoride sealants, for Zoey Squiemphen, 9, of La Conner, Wash., at Swinomish Dental Clinic  in La Conner, Washington, USA, on Tue., Sept. 19, 2023. A Dental Therapist is a professional classification between Dentist and Dental Hygienist who performs less-complicated dental procedures such as fillings and extractions, freeing up dentists to work on the most complicated procedures needed by a clinic's patients. As of this writing, only 5 states allow Dental Therapists to practice dentistry. Chagnon, who studied to be a dental therapist in Alaska, is licensed by the Swinomish Tribe and also serves as President of the American Dental Therapy Association.
Asiah Gonzalez, 25, a Licensed Dental Therapist, a dental exam on SunnyRay Stirl, 13, of La Conner, Wash., at Swinomish Dental Clinic  in La Conner, Washington, USA, on Tue., Sept. 19, 2023. A Dental Therapist is a professional classification between Dentist and Dental Hygienist who performs less-complicated dental procedures such as fillings and extractions, freeing up dentists to work on the most complicated procedures needed by a clinic's patients. As of this writing, only 5 states allow Dental Therapists to practice dentistry.
Sarah Chagnon, 34, is a Licensed Dental Therapist at Swinomish Dental Clinic  in La Conner, Washington, USA, on Tue., Sept. 19, 2023. A Dental Therapist is a professional classification between Dentist and Dental Hygienist who performs less-complicated dental procedures such as fillings and extractions, freeing up dentists to work on the most complicated procedures needed by a clinic's patients. As of this writing, only 5 states allow Dental Therapists to practice dentistry. Chagnon, who studied to be a dental therapist in Alaska, is licensed by the Swinomish Tribe and also serves as President of the American Dental Therapy Association.
Asiah Gonzalez, 25, a Licensed Dental Therapist, a dental exam on SunnyRay Stirl, 13, of La Conner, Wash., at Swinomish Dental Clinic  in La Conner, Washington, USA, on Tue., Sept. 19, 2023. A Dental Therapist is a professional classification between Dentist and Dental Hygienist who performs less-complicated dental procedures such as fillings and extractions, freeing up dentists to work on the most complicated procedures needed by a clinic's patients. As of this writing, only 5 states allow Dental Therapists to practice dentistry.
Dental tools lay on a table in an operatory at Swinomish Dental Clinic  in La Conner, Washington, USA, on Tue., Sept. 19, 2023. Swinomish Dental Clinic employs Dental Therapists for some levels of dental care. A Dental Therapist is a professional classification between Dentist and Dental Hygienist who performs less-complicated dental procedures such as fillings and extractions, freeing up dentists to work on the most complicated procedures needed by a clinic's patients. As of this writing, only 5 states allow Dental Therapists to practice dentistry.
A view of the Swinomish Dental Clinic  in La Conner, Washington, USA, on Tue., Sept. 19, 2023. Swinomish Dental employs dental therapists for some levels of patient care. A Dental Therapist is a professional classification between Dentist and Dental Hygienist who performs less-complicated dental procedures such as fillings and extractions, freeing up dentists to work on the most complicated procedures needed by a clinic's patients. As of this writing, only 5 states allow Dental Therapists to practice dentistry.

Pro-Palestine protest at the Port of Tacoma, for Bloomberg News

Retired IBM engineer, for MIT Resource Development

David Emmes, who received a Masters from MIT in Mathematics (Course 18) in 1976, is seen here near the Lacey Timberland Library in Lacey, Washington, USA, on Thu., Aug. 3, 2023. Emmes is a retired programmer who worked for IBM for 30 years after graduating from MIT.
David Emmes, who received a Masters from MIT in Mathematics (Course 18) in 1976, is seen here near the Lacey Timberland Library in Lacey, Washington, USA, on Thu., Aug. 3, 2023. Emmes is a retired programmer who worked for IBM for 30 years after graduating from MIT.
David Emmes, who received a Masters from MIT in Mathematics (Course 18) in 1976, is seen here near the Lacey Timberland Library in Lacey, Washington, USA, on Thu., Aug. 3, 2023. Emmes is a retired programmer who worked for IBM for 30 years after graduating from MIT.

Transgender youth clinical care provider, for STAT

Kevin Wang, MD, is the Medical Director of Swedish Health Services' LGBTQIA+ program and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, seen here in an exam room at Swedish Family Medicine First Hill in Seattle, Washington, USA, on Fri., Aug. 25, 2023. Wang says that in his role as Medical Director of the LGBTQIA+ program at Swedish, he provides clinical support and training for other departments and clinical specialties so they can be prepared when they patients who identify as LBTQIA+. He is also involved in training residents in the Swedish First Hill Family Medicine residency program.
A coffee mug with a Black Lives Matter fist and Pride flag design stands on the desk of Kevin Wang, MD, the Medical Director of Swedish Health Services' LGBTQIA+ program and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, at Swedish Family Medicine First Hill in Seattle, Washington, USA, on Fri., Aug. 25, 2023. Wang says the mug was designed by a previous program manager of the LGBTQIA+ program at Swedish and was designed to "honor Black Lives Matter and include the multiple identities our community has."  Wang says that in his role as Medical Director of the LGBTQIA+ program at Swedish, he provides clinical support and training for other departments and clinical specialties so they can be prepared when they patients who identify as LBTQIA+. He is also involved in training residents in the Swedish First Hill Family Medicine residency program.
Kevin Wang, MD, is the Medical Director of Swedish Health Services' LGBTQIA+ program and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, seen here in an exam room at Swedish Family Medicine First Hill in Seattle, Washington, USA, on Fri., Aug. 25, 2023. Wang says that in his role as Medical Director of the LGBTQIA+ program at Swedish, he provides clinical support and training for other departments and clinical specialties so they can be prepared when they patients who identify as LBTQIA+. He is also involved in training residents in the Swedish First Hill Family Medicine residency program.
Kevin Wang, MD, wears a Pride wristband with his Apple watch at Swedish Family Medicine First Hill in Seattle, Washington, USA, on Fri., Aug. 25, 2023. Wang is the Medical Director of Swedish Health Services' LGBTQIA+ program and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Wang says of the wristband, "It's my favorite; it's the most comfortable."  Wang says that in his role as Medical Director of the LGBTQIA+ program at Swedish, he provides clinical support and training for other departments and clinical specialties so they can be prepared when they patients who identify as LBTQIA+. He is also involved in training residents in the Swedish First Hill Family Medicine residency program.
Kevin Wang, MD, is the Medical Director of Swedish Health Services' LGBTQIA+ program and a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, seen here near his office at Swedish Family Medicine First Hill in Seattle, Washington, USA, on Fri., Aug. 25, 2023. Wang says that in his role as Medical Director of the LGBTQIA+ program at Swedish, he provides clinical support and training for other departments and clinical specialties so they can be prepared when they patients who identify as LBTQIA+. He is also involved in training residents in the Swedish First Hill Family Medicine residency program.

Amazon's Project Kuiper, for Bloomberg News

Nima Mahanfar, Director of Antenna Development for Amazon's Project Kuiper, is seen inside an anechoic chamber used for testing antennas in Amazon's Project Kuiper's research and development facility in Redmond, Washington, USA, on Wed., Dec. 6, 2023. The chamber, which is designed to minimize interference while testing antennas, holds an antenna on the circular metal platform and sends and receives signals from the large arc above the testing platform.
MiMi Aung, Director of Technical Program Management for Amazon's Project Kuiper, is seen with large vacuum chambers used to test satellite propulsion systems in Amazon's Project Kuiper's research and development facility in Redmond, Washington, USA, on Wed., Dec. 6, 2023.
Nima Mahanfar, Director of Antenna Development for Amazon's Project Kuiper, is seen inside an anechoic chamber used for testing antennas in Amazon's Project Kuiper's research and development facility in Redmond, Washington, USA, on Wed., Dec. 6, 2023. The chamber, which is designed to minimize interference while testing antennas, holds an antenna on the circular metal platform and sends and receives signals from the large arc above the testing platform.
Rajeev Badyal, Vice President of Technology at Amazon's Project Kuiper, is seen inside an anechoic chamber used for testing antennas in Amazon's Project Kuiper's research and development facility in Redmond, Washington, USA, on Wed., Dec. 6, 2023. The chamber, which is designed to minimize interference while testing antennas, holds an antenna on the circular metal platform and sends and receives signals from the large arc above the testing platform.
Yonina DeKeyser, Head of Mission Operations for Amazon's Project Kuiper, is seen with large vacuum chambers used to test satellite propulsion systems in Amazon's Project Kuiper's research and development facility in Redmond, Washington, USA, on Wed., Dec. 6, 2023.
A view inside the anechoic chamber used for testing antennas in Amazon's Project Kuiper's research and development facility in Redmond, Washington, USA, on Wed., Dec. 6, 2023. The chamber, which is designed to minimize interference while testing antennas, holds an antenna on the circular metal platform and sends and receives signals from the large arc above the testing platform.

Prime Air’s new MK30 drone, for Amazon


The new MK30 Prime Air drone at the BFI1 Amazon Fulfillment Center in Sumner, Washington, USA, on Wed., Oct. 11, 2023.

For Amazon, I photographed the then-secret MK30 Prime Air delivery drone. The latest development in the company’s drone delivery technology was unveiled a week later at their annual Delivering the Future event at a warehouse and lab facility south of Seattle. 

Thanks to Lucas for the call, my first shoot for the company!

A sign on the front door reading "Robotics" at the BFI1 Amazon Fulfillment Center in Sumner, Washington, USA, on Wed., Oct. 11, 2023.
The new MK30 Prime Air drone at the BFI1 Amazon Fulfillment Center in Sumner, Washington, USA, on Wed., Oct. 11, 2023.
Propellers (white) and motors (gray with ridges) on the new MK30 Prime Air drone at the BFI1 Amazon Fulfillment Center in Sumner, Washington, USA, on Wed., Oct. 11, 2023. The drone has 6 propellers and motors.
The new MK30 Prime Air drone at the BFI1 Amazon Fulfillment Center in Sumner, Washington, USA, on Wed., Oct. 11, 2023.
Black rectangular radar and circular object avoidance cameras are seen on the front of the new MK30 Prime Air drone at the BFI1 Amazon Fulfillment Center in Sumner, Washington, USA, on Wed., Oct. 11, 2023.
The new MK30 Prime Air drone at the BFI1 Amazon Fulfillment Center in Sumner, Washington, USA, on Wed., Oct. 11, 2023.

Student PCB design class, for MIT Resource Development


MIT students take part in a hands-on class building printed circuit boards (PCBs) during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP). The class is EC.S03 / 6.S092 - The Art and Science of PCB Design, which according to the course website "teaches the basics of Printed-Circuit-Board (PCB) schematic design, layout engineering, population, and debugging." The end product is a bluetooth speaker. During this class, the students were populating the circuit boards with various components.

One of the last in-class photoshoots I had for MIT before leaving Boston was photographing this small PCB design class for undergrads. It’s always so interesting and fun to take pictures of a really hands-on class. 

Thanks to Barbara and Melissa for the assignment. I really miss wandering around the classrooms and labs of MIT. 

MIT students take part in a hands-on class building printed circuit boards (PCBs) during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP). The class is EC.S03 / 6.S092 - The Art and Science of PCB Design, which according to the course website "teaches the basics of Printed-Circuit-Board (PCB) schematic design, layout engineering, population, and debugging." The end product is a bluetooth speaker. During this class, the students were populating the circuit boards with various components.
MIT students take part in a hands-on class building printed circuit boards (PCBs) during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP). The class is EC.S03 / 6.S092 - The Art and Science of PCB Design, which according to the course website "teaches the basics of Printed-Circuit-Board (PCB) schematic design, layout engineering, population, and debugging." The end product is a bluetooth speaker. During this class, the students were populating the circuit boards with various components.
MIT students take part in a hands-on class building printed circuit boards (PCBs) during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP). The class is EC.S03 / 6.S092 - The Art and Science of PCB Design, which according to the course website "teaches the basics of Printed-Circuit-Board (PCB) schematic design, layout engineering, population, and debugging." The end product is a bluetooth speaker. During this class, the students were populating the circuit boards with various components.
MIT students take part in a hands-on class building printed circuit boards (PCBs) during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP). The class is EC.S03 / 6.S092 - The Art and Science of PCB Design, which according to the course website "teaches the basics of Printed-Circuit-Board (PCB) schematic design, layout engineering, population, and debugging." The end product is a bluetooth speaker. During this class, the students were populating the circuit boards with various components.
MIT students take part in a hands-on class building printed circuit boards (PCBs) during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP). The class is EC.S03 / 6.S092 - The Art and Science of PCB Design, which according to the course website "teaches the basics of Printed-Circuit-Board (PCB) schematic design, layout engineering, population, and debugging." The end product is a bluetooth speaker. During this class, the students were populating the circuit boards with various components.

A day at Emerald Downs horse racetrack, for Crosscut


Fans cheer as thoroughbred horses Blowing Bayou (center) and American Royalty (left) race toward the finish line during a race at Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, Washington, USA, on Sun., Aug. 20, 2023. Neither of the horses placed in the top three.
A person holds the race program filled with information about horses racing throughout the day at Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, Washington, USA, on Sun., Aug. 20, 2023.

For Crosscut, I spent a day at the races at the Emerald Downs horse racetrack in Auburn, Washington. The story was about how the track had received $1.1 million in pandemic aid from the federal government. I always love a freeform assignment like this, finding moments as they happen. It was such a pleasure to wander around the stands and behind the scenes in the stables. 

Thanks to Genna for the call on this, my first assignment for Crosscut!

Jockey Alex V. Anaya rides quarterhorse Fast Movin Freight in the ring paddock prior to the second race of the day at Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, Washington, USA, on Sun., Aug. 20, 2023. Fast Movin Freight came in second in the 440-yard race, which had a $57,031 purse.
Rafael Orozco, 15, (right) holds niece Natalie Rosales, 2, both of Hermiston, Oregon, while watching a race at Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, Washington, USA, on Sun., Aug. 20, 2023. The two are related to a horse trainer whose horses were racing later in the day.
Jorge Rosales, of Enumclaw, Wash., pets thoroughbred horse Orczy, which is one of the 36 horses Rosales works with as a trainer in the stables at Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, Washington, USA, on Sun., Aug. 20, 2023. Rosales said he grew up around horseracing and started working behind the scenes cleaning stables before working up to being a horse groom and eventually a trainer.
Horseracing-themed pins adorn the outfit of track bugler Dan Harrington as he prepares to play music to signify that the sixth race of the day will be starting soon at Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, Washington, USA, on Sun., Aug. 20, 2023. Harrington says this is his 27th year bugling at Emerald Downs. He plays music before each race to signify that races will soon be starting.
Thoroughbred horses Blazen Grazen (left) and Peter Flies run toward the finish line during a race at Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, Washington, USA, on Sun., Aug. 20, 2023. Blazen Grazen, with jockey Alex M. Cruz, pulled ahead of Peter Flies to win the race, which had a $16,500 purse.
The starting gate stands empty between races at Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, Washington, USA, on Sun., Aug. 20, 2023.
Jill Dugger (left) and fiancé Lance Knaevelsrud, of Bellevue, Wash., look at the racing program between races at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington, USA, on Sun., Aug. 20, 2023. Dugger, who is a rodeo barrel racer, says, "This is our first time [coming to a race] this year." She says she looks statistics and bloodlines of the horses to inform her bets.
Ciara Lozier (center left), of Tacoma, Wash., sister Harli Lozier (center right, with sunglasses), of Burien, Wash., and family friend Al Lofton (right, with cowboy hat), of Bellevue, Wash., watch as horses cross the finish line during a race at Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington, USA, on Sun., Aug. 20, 2023. Asked why they came to the races this day, Ciara Lozier said, "It's something to do. It's been seven years since I've been to the races."
Jorge Rosales, of Enumclaw, Wash., is a horse trainer who works with 36 horses in the stables at Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, Washington, USA, on Sun., Aug. 20, 2023. Rosales said he grew up around horseracing and started working behind the scenes cleaning stables before working up to being a horse groom and eventually a trainer.
A horse exercises with an automated hot walker or horse walker in the stable area behind the scenes at Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, Washington, USA, on Sun., Aug. 20, 2023.
A sign reads "Slow / Horse X-ing" along a road in the stable area of the Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, Washington, USA, on Sun., Aug. 20, 2023.
Thoroughbred horse Fantastic Day (right), with jockey Carlos Montalvo, leads the pack across the finish line (center) after starting the race approximately 10 lengths in the rear at Emerald Downs racetrack in Auburn, Washington, USA, on Sun., Aug. 20, 2023. The horse is one of 36 trained by Jorge Rosales of Enumclaw, Wash. The purse for this six-furlong race was $21,000.

Food in the Yakima Valley, for the Los Angeles Times


UNION GAP, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 18: Asparagus and pepperjack cheese tamales are a seasonal specialty of Los Hernández Tamales in Union Gap, WA, on Fri., Aug. 18, 2023. In 2018, Los Hernández Tamales was given a James Beard America's Classics award.  (M. Scott Brauer / Los Angeles Times)
UNION GAP, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 18: Owners Felipe Hernández opened Los Hernández Tamales in 1990; he is seen here in the restaurant in Union Gap, WA, on Fri., Aug. 18, 2023. In 2018, Los Hernández Tamales was given a James Beard America's Classics award.  (M. Scott Brauer / Los Angeles Times)

For the Los Angeles Times, I spent an afternoon photographing tamales and food trucks around the Yakima Valley (“The Palm Springs of Washington”) for a story about the musical phenoms Yahritza y Su Esencia, who are from the region. The band had recently been on tour in Mexico and said they liked the food in their hometown of Yakima, Washington, better than the food in Mexico City. The band issued an apology, but it made people curious about what the food is like in Yakima. 

As it happens, I’ve been to Los Hernandez Tamales before, and let me tell you, the tamales are worth seeking out….

Thanks to Rachel and Raul for the call on this, my first assignment for the Los Angeles Times!

UNION GAP, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 18: Sisters Nora (left) and Perla Madrigal work at Los Hern‡ndez Tamales in Union Gap, WA, on Fri., Aug. 18, 2023. In 2018, Los Hern‡ndez Tamales was given a James Beard America's Classics award. (M. Scott Brauer / Los Angeles Times)
Customers eat tamales inside Los Hernández Tamales in Union Gap, United States of America, on Fri., Aug. 18, 2023. In 2018, Los Hernández Tamales was given a James Beard America's Classics award.
YAKIMA, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 18: A sign reads "Welcome to Yakima, the Palm Springs of WA" near Interstate 82 in Yakima, WA, on Fri., Aug. 18, 2023. (M. Scott Brauer / Los Angeles Times)
YAKIMA, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 18: Fiesta Foods is a grocery store specializing in Hispanic foods in Yakima, WA, on Fri., Aug. 18, 2023. (M. Scott Brauer / Los Angeles Times)
YAKIMA, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 18: A taco plate with, from left, chicharrón, birria, and pastor meat, is seen on a table outside the Taqueria Don Chepes truck in a laundromat parking lot in Yakima, WA, on Fri., Aug. 18, 2023. (M. Scott Brauer / Los Angeles Times)
YAKIMA, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 18: Employee Yaxel Brambila takes a customer's lunch order at the Taqueria Don Chepes truck in Yakima, WA, on Fri., Aug. 18, 2023. (M. Scott Brauer / Los Angeles Times)
UNION GAP, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 18: A customer holds a dozen frozen nopales (cactus) and cheese tamales inside Los Hernández Tamales in Union Gap, WA, on Fri., Aug. 18, 2023. In 2018, Los Hernández Tamales was given a James Beard America's Classics award.  (M. Scott Brauer / Los Angeles Times)
YAKIMA, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 18: Mount Adams stands above Yakima, WA, on Fri., Aug. 18, 2023. (M. Scott Brauer / Los Angeles Times)