Clare produces Seattle Now, KUOW's news podcast. She crafts episodes that give listeners a timely window into stories from around the Seattle area. Her favorite episodes to make include sound-rich collaborations with local reporters, field trips to vibrant places around the Puget Sound, and conversations about pop culture. She also reports stories for the show and appears "on air" as a guest. She has extensive experience covering health stories, including coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Previously, Clare was KUOW's emerging platforms producer, leading strategy and product development for digital audio channels including smart speakers, algorithmic content curators like NPR One and podcasts. Before joining KUOW, she covered health technology and life sciences at GeekWire. Clare is a University of Washington graduate with a dual degree in journalism and creative writing.
The tide is super low this week. Let's go tidepooling.
The sun is out and the tide is low — the lowest it’s been all year. That means the crabs, sea anemones and urchins that normally live just under the surface are hanging out on the beach for the day. We visited Alki with John Meyer, co-author of the book Between the Tides in Washington and Oregon, to spot some critters and learn his tips for tidepooling successfully and responsibly.
City Council candidates enter the Thunderdome
Elections for Seattle’s City Council are still a couple of months out, but we now know exactly who is running. The top line is: it's chaotic. Forty five people are vying for seven positions on the council. KUOW politics editor Cat Smith gives a run down of what we know so far about the candidates and what to keep in mind if you’re looking at candidates in your district.
We don't know enough about fentanyl
Washington state topped a list you do not want to be on last week: We are tied for the fastest increase in overdose deaths in the country. Deaths are up across the US, mostly due to the very deadly fentanyl. But there’s more going on than just a new opioid. National Public Radio Addiction correspondent Brian Mann explains who is being impacted here, and what might help.
Casual Friday with Casey Martin and Vaughan Jones
This week, there was a shift in leadership at King County’s Regional Homeless Authority. Parks and rec will shut down Alki and Golden Gardens beaches an hour earlier for the summer. And how much would you pay for Taco Bell? KUOW’s Casey Martin and Vaughan Jones are here to break down the week.
Why are drug possession laws are so contentious in Washington state?
Lawmakers are gathering in Olympia today for the start of a special legislative session. There’s only one thing on the agenda: A new drug possession law.
Police use genetic information to solve cold cases. Are active cases next?
One of the first uses of forensic genetic genealogy was in Washington state, to apprehend a suspect in a 30-year-old murder. Since then, the technique has been key to solving hundreds of cases. But while the use of genetic evidence has changed the cold-case landscape, it has also raised questions about how that material is collected and when it is used.
Banning (some) right turns on red
Taking a right turn at a red light is a staple of American driving. They keep traffic moving, but for pedestrians, they're a real health hazard. The Seattle Department of Transportation has a new policy to ban right turns on red at 41 intersections downtown, and to roll out more bans city-wide over the next year. SDOT Director Greg Spotts
Sea-Tac might have to clean up its act
Fasten your seatbelts… People who live around Seattle-Tacoma International Airport are suing the Port of Seattle, Alaska Air, and Delta Airlines for allegedly polluting the air with toxic chemicals. We'll hear from Steve Berman, the lawsuit's lead attorney, UW researcher Dr. Elena Austin and citizen scientist/former SeaTac resident Kent Palosaari about the airport's impact on the environment.
How the implosion of WA’s drug possession law could spell disaster for addiction support services
The State Legislature session ended Sunday. One bill that didn't make it into law: a replacement for the state’s drug possession law, which times out in July. That means drug possession could soon be legal at the state level. It also means a system of support for people with substance use disorder is in hanging in the balance. We’ll learn more about the potential impact from UW Research professor Caleb Banta-Green.
A group of Seattle school PTAs is redistributing wealth to help students
PTAs in more well-off communities have greater fundraising power, but one Seattle group has found a way to stretch its dollars to make a bigger impact — the Southeast Seattle Schools Fundraising Alliance. It flips the script on the normal PTA funding approach.