Ann has covered education stories for KUOW since 2010, with a focus on investigations into racial and socioeconomic inequities.
Her ongoing series exposing Seattle Public Schools’ lenient discipline of staff who abused students has won investigative reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and the Education Writers Association.
Previously, Ann worked at Alaska Public Radio Network, in Anchorage, and KLCC, in Eugene, Ore. Her freelance work, focusing on science and environmental issues, has appeared on national outlets including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace and The World.
Ann’s marine and underwater photography has appeared in the American Museum of Natural History and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Ann lives with her husband and two sons in South Seattle.
With record numbers of staff and students staying home due to the omicron variant of Covid-19, parents, staff and students are wondering what it would take for the district to move schools back to online learning as in earlier in the pandemic. Here is what the district has now outlined as some reasons it could shift to remote learning.
Former Garfield High student accuses school officials of quashing reports of sexual misconduct, hazing
A former Garfield High School student alleges staff pressured him to keep quiet about sexual harassment and hazing on the school's swim team. He’s taken legal action against Seattle Public Schools.
About 3,500 Seattle child care workers will get holiday gifts from the city - as much as $835 each to thank them for caring for the city’s kids during the pandemic.
There have been 29 confirmed Covid outbreaks at K-12 public and private schools in King County since September. Most of these were small outbreaks, with no more than four confirmed cases, but others were massive, with 80 or more people infected at two separate Christian school campuses outside Seattle.
Parents at Impact Puget Sound Elementary are asking the state to step in to address the lack of social distancing in its classrooms. Staff, too, have voiced safety concerns - but say they hold little power at the school.
‘Earlier surveys of parents suggested white families were nearly twice as likely as black families to want to send their children back.’
‘The staff were trying to recognize the students just by their hair and eyeballs.’
Monday was landmark day in Seattle Public Schools as many elementary students, as well as some older students with disabilities, returned to school buildings for the first time in more than a year.
Franklin High School teachers protest return to classroom, citing inadequate coronavirus ventilation
Special education staff at Franklin High School in south Seattle have refused to return to the building for training this week, until the district proves that the indoor air quality is adequate to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Seattle Public Schools will reopen in phases beginning Monday after its teachers union approved a tentative agreement with the district. It will be the first time a significant number of students have been invited back to classrooms since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago.