Ann Dornfeld reports on issues of racial inequity for KUOW. She previously covered education for the station. Before that, Ann was a roving freelance public radio reporter, focusing on environmental issues, for KUOW and national shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Environment Report and Marketplace.
Ann has reported on a rare bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico, penguin habitat loss in South Africa, mangrove destruction in the U.S. Virgin Islands, coral reef conservation in Bonaire and invasive lionfish in the Bahamas. She covered a major earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia, for NPR News and The World. Ann also worked as a reporter and Morning Edition host at KLCC Public Radio in Eugene, Oregon, after internships at KUOW and Alaska Public Radio Network.
She got her start spinning hip-hop records at the radio station of Oregon State University, where she majored in biology and environmental sciences.
She has won awards for her reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, The Associated Press and Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. Ann has also received both investigative and data reporting awards from the Education Writers Association for her coverage of ongoing recess cutbacks and physical education shortages in Seattle-area schools. Her photography has appeared in exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Seattle Public Schools is rolling out its new distance learning model as the stay-at-home order for coronavirus continues.
The challenges of outbreak-related long distance schooling
Furniture manufacturer near Seattle turns into mask factory for hospitals during coronavirus pandemic
A Mukilteo furniture factory has stepped forward to make surgical masks and face shields for Providence health care workers after the medical provider asked the public to help produce protective equipment for those on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic in the face of a global shortage of protective gear.
When reporter Ann Dornfeld went to Target in West Seattle on Friday morning to buy toilet paper, she was shocked to see rows of N95 protective masks for sale -- $6.79 for two.
There's no consensus on how to keep kids' social lives intact while minimizing the spread of the coronavirus. Still, doctors agree on some guidelines for parents to keep in mind.
Seattle Public Schools are shutting down for at least two weeks. The move is meant to slow the spread of coronavirus but it's also creating child care problems for parents.
All Seattle Public Schools closed for at least two weeks starting Thursday due to coronavirus outbreak
Superintendent Denise Juneau ordered the district closed Wednesday morning after the first known confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported Tuesday, shuttering Aki Kurose Middle School indefinitely.
Students and staff at south Seattle school plan "sick-out" to protest district's handling of coronavirus
About 30 staff members and many students at Seattle's Franklin High School are planning a "sick-out" protest: they're calling in sick Wednesday to protest Seattle Public Schools' response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Aki Kurose will be closed indefinitely beginning Wednesday, March 11 after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Cleveland STEM High School will close for one day of cleaning.
KUOW reporter Ann Dornfeld has been looking into who's being tested in Washington state and what the capacity truly is.