Gustavo Sagrero Álvarez
Race & Identity Reporter
Gustavo covers the intersection of race and identity for KUOW, writing stories that center voices often not catered to in typical news. Previously he was at KUNR in Reno as a Bilingual Reporting Fellow focusing on Indigenous and Latine communities where he's covered topics about MMIWP, voting access, language justice, food sovereignty, food apartheid, indigenous boarding schools and the effects wage disparities for Latinos, to name a few topics. He's most interested in covering how communities effect the levers of power they hold, to effect change.
Before finding his way into journalism he spent nearly a decade in the restaurant industry, from busboy at a buffet, to a line cook in nationally and internationally known establishments. Now all the cooking he cares about is making the perfect pot of beans and grits. Always on the hunt for a solid place of hashbrowns, or a solid bowl of menudo, let him know if you have a spot to recommend.
You can contact Gustavo on his work cell at 206-960-3698. Follow Gustavo on Instagram at @gus.chavo.
Languages: Spanish, English
Lummi Nation moves to block BC port expansion they say would impact salmon
The port authority said the expansion would increase Canada’s west coast container capacity by about a third of what it’s already at, and has Indigenous buy-in. But the Lummi Nation in Washington said they've been ignored, and that is a violation of their rights.
WA mushroom farm ordered to pay $3.4 million for discriminating against female workers
A little more than a year ago, a Sunnyside mushroom farm put a job posting on Facebook, looking for only male workers. The post was made by a lead employee of the then Ostrom Mushroom farm. Now, the farm will have to pay out 3.4 million dollars to settle allegations of discrimination against workers it fired.
Deportation flights have resumed out of King County Airport / Boeing Field
KUOW’s Gustavo Sagrero reports the county is also publishing data on those flights.
Seattle’s Chinatown-International District designated 'endangered historic place.' Will that help the neighborhood?
It joins a list of other spaces, including a Chinatown in Philadelphia. The list is managed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Can fish and dams coexist on the Skagit River? New plan may be first step
Seattle City Light has released a new plan for managing three hydroelectric dams on the Skagit River. The dams provide 20% of Seattle’s electric power, and have been the subject of a series of lawsuits by tribes arguing that the dams stop salmon from flourishing.
Seattle joins effort to give young readers access to banned books
The Seattle Public Library has joined a national effort to make books more accessible to youth readers, even in parts of the country where books have been banned.
Swim Seattle works to teach all children how to be safe in water
The city of Seattle is launching a swimming program with the goal of addressing the racial disparity in youth drowning deaths. Registration for the pilot program, called Swim Seattle, opens May 16.
Bringing ancestors home — the long process of recovering tribal remains
Museums around the nation are filled with items and ancestors from the Northwest Indigenous communities. KUOW’s Gustavo Sagrero reports on how some tribes navigate a long and emotional journey to bring them home.
What hides in the records from WA Catholic Native boarding schools? Tribes may soon find out
A spokesperson for Catholic bishops in Washington says the church has started the process to review their records of Native boarding schools. This comes after increasing calls for greater transparency from the Catholic Church.
Repatriation celebration: Stolen Native Hawaiian remains greeted at Sea-Tac on their way home
Over the weekend, a ceremony was held by a local Hawaiian hula group and others who welcomed a collection of Native Hawaiian remains on their way to being repatriated. They had been taken from Hawaii illegally by colonizers and were on their final leg home from Europe.