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Kate Walters

Reporter

Year started with KUOW: 2015

Kate is a daily news reporter at KUOW. Originally from Australia, Kate studied journalism at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology before coming to work in public radio. Kate began her career as a reporter with WXXI Public Radio in Rochester, NY, where she worked as part of a Local Journalism Center (LJC) called the Innovation Trail. At KUOW, she started as a producer on The Record before joining the news desk.

New University of Washington president Ana Marie Cauce in the KUOW greenroom.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Ana Marie Cauce, newly selected president of the University of Washington, about her commitment to the school and her plans as its new leader.

Ana Mari Cauce
Courtesy of University of Washington

Ana Mari Cauce is the new president of the University of Washington. The university's board of regents made the announcement after a brief meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Lincoln High School principal Patrick Erwin about the upcoming visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

At Roosevelt High School, teachers sang along to union anthems, led by the Seattle Labor Chorus on Monday, Sept. 14 -- day four of the strike.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

A crippling recession, a subsequently ever-less affordable Seattle and events nearly 2,000 miles away set the stage for the teacher strike that has idled 53,000 children, political analyst C.R. Douglas says.

Douglas, an analyst for Q13 Fox News, told KUOW’s David Hyde that these and other factors have combined to prompt the “most comprehensive list of demands we've ever seen” from the Seattle Education Association.

Male human head louse
Flickr Photo/Gilles San Martin (CC BY SA 2.0)

When kids in Seattle eventually go to school after the strike, they could find an unfriendly welcoming party: tougher lice.

Washington is among at least 25 states where lice have become highly resistant to conventional treatments, according to a recent study.

The good news: Lice aren’t really much of a health problem and schools are being urged not to ban kids from class just because of a stray nit (the louse’s egg). But there’s still that feeling you get when you talk about them …

David Hyde speaks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about the beleaguered governing party in Canada and the issues they're facing in the run up to the October elections.

Firefighters line up to get gear out of the back of a fire truck as they get ready to head for a fire Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Twisp, Wash.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Todd Mundt speaks with Richard Harvey, a volunteer firefighter working on the Okanogan complex fires. After the "hot, dirty work" on the fire line that gets all the attention, he says,“Mop up is the dirty part that they don’t show on the television.”

Heidi Cornell and her husband Rick were evacuated three times from their home in the Okanogan area. This is a Google Earth view of Greenacres Road, where they live with their animals.
Google Earth

My husband is telling me to come home.

“It’s close,” he says.

“How close?”

“Within two miles, coming toward us.”

Part of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in eastern Washington.
Flickr photo/ Philo Nordlund

Kim Malcolm speaks with Anna King of Northwest News Network about the most recent lawsuit involving the Hanford nuclear site in eastern Washington.

BC Place in Vancouver will host many of the Women's World Cup games, including the final on July 5.
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Ross Reynolds speaks with Canadian journalist Frances Bula about the bump in tourism Vancouver, B.C., is experiencing.

A Lyft for-hire car rolls down a street in San Francisco.
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Jeannie Yandel speaks with financial journalist Felix Salmon about a bill headed to the Seattle City Council that would allow for-hire drivers to unionize. 

Gil Aegerter

Ross Reynolds speaks with John Ratte, a New Orleans native who moved to Seattle after Hurricane Katrina devastated his city. 

Steve Surgeon surveys the ruins after he lost outbuildings and vehicles in a wildfire on the outskirts of Okanogan, Wash., Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. His home was saved , though.
AP Photo/Brian Skoloff

Ross Reynolds speaks with EarthFix reporter Jes Burns about the role of climate change in this year's wildfire season. You can read more of her reporting here.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about wildfires in British Columbia and the impact there of fires across the border in Washington. 

Firefighters line up to get gear out of the back of a fire truck as they get ready to head for a fire Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, in Twisp, Wash.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

The state of Washington is taking an extraordinary step to battle the wildfires ravaging the region: seeking volunteers to join the fight. And the response so far is overwhelming.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Patrice Demombynes, a long-time friend of artist Rolon Bert Garner and the owner of the Virginia Inn. Garner died on  Aug. 17. He had a big impact on the Seattle art scene during his life. 

Masooma, pictured with her children, recounted the events of pre-dawn March 11, 2012 when she says a U.S. soldier rampaged through two villages killing 16 people, mostly children. Staff Sergeant Robert Bales pleaded guilty to the massacre.
AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Adam Ashton, military reporter for the Tacoma News Tribune, about Sgt. Robert Bales and how the military evaluates the mental health of their troops. A new report from the military shows Bales exhibited warning signs of potentially violent behavior before killing 16 Afghan civilians in 2012.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about wildfire season in British Columbia. 

David Hyde talks to Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about the ongoing saga of Victoria's untreated waste entering the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  

An event organizer, left, tries to persuade Marissa Johnson, center, and Mara Willaford to relinquish the podium at a rally for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

David Hyde talks with Native American writer and activist Gyasi Ross about how he ended up on the stage at Westlake when two Black Lives Matters activists disrupted a Bernie Sanders rally and what he thinks about their actions.

The B reactor at Hanford.
Flickr Photo/Gary Paulson (CC BY ND 2.0)

Todd Mundt speaks with Northwest News Network correspondent Anna King about the past and present of the Hanford nuclear site in eastern Washington. 

Kim Malcolm speaks with Vickie Ybarra, a former elected official on the Yakima school board, about how Latinos in Yakima are making their voices heard and what representation in the City Council means for the community. 

Kim Malcolm speaks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about Canada's upcoming federal elections.

King County primary ballot.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Ross Reynolds speaks with C.R. Douglas, political analyst for Q13 Fox, about the initial results from the August primary elections.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Feliks Banel, a freelance reporter for KUOW, about a site in Ballard shortlisted to house a tent city. Ballard locals hosted a gathering on Monday to protest the use of this specific site for a homeless encampment. 

Electric trolley advertises zero emissions.
Flickr Photo/Gordon Werner (CC BY SA 2.0)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Jon Talton, economics reporter for the Seattle Times, about the impact of Governor Jay Inslee's plan to impose a cap on carbon emissions in Washington. 

A ballot drop box in Seattle
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

David Hyde speaks with Daniel Beekman, a reporter for the Seattle Times covering city hall and local politics, about the upcoming primary elections on August 4. 

Single-family homes such as this one in Greenwood could be rezoned to become a multi-family dwelling should draft proposals by Seattle's affordable housing task force come to fruition.
Courtesy of Hana Sevcikova

Mayor Ed Murray’s decision to step back from proposal to increase density in Seattle’s single-family neighborhoods is a disappointment, says a woman who played a big role in developing the plan.

Faith Pettis, co-chair of Murray's Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda committee, told KUOW’s Ross Reynolds that some people misunderstood that part of a much larger plan.

Marcie Sillman speaks with Vaughn Palmer, columnist with the Vancouver Sun, about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the tension it has caused between the US and Canada. 

We're not that emerald of a city anymore with the recent drought conditions.
Flickr Photo/Jeff Youngstrom (CC BY NC 2.0)

Extremely dry weather and rising use have got the Puget Sound region’s cities thinking seriously about a water shortage later this year.

Seattle, Tacoma and Everett said Monday that they're activating the first stage of water shortage response plans.

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