The national TV program 60 Minutes is working on a piece about homelessness in Seattle, and have been filming in Ballard for the past month for their report.
Last weekend, Anderson Cooper was spotted doing an interview with a man in front of St Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ballard. St. Luke’s Reverend Canon Britt Olson tells My Ballard that the man being interviewed is a regular at the church’s free breakfast program.
St. Luke’s breakfast program — which started three decades ago — now serves on average 180 to 220 people every day. Olson says that for the past month or so, a journalist from 60 Minutes has been interviewing and filming both the man and a couple who lives in one of Seattle’s tent cities.
Now, it seems they’re wrapping up their reporting, which is why correspondent Anderson Cooper was here.
Their last bit of filming, Olson says, will be on Sunday morning at Ballard Library for a Leaves of Remembrance ceremony, in which bronze leaves will be placed into the sidewalk to honor homeless individuals who have died either by living outside or by violence. The ceremony starts at 11:30am, and is open to the public.
We haven’t yet learned when 60 Minutes will air their report, but we’ll let you know when we find out.