Liz Jones

Reporter

About

Liz reports on immigration and emerging communities for KUOW. Her work covers issues within our region’s growing immigrant and refugee populations, as well as stories connected to minority groups with a longer history in the area. She comes to KUOW after several years at an online news startup, which was later bought by Oxygen Media in New York. Her last position there was health editor for the network’s website. Liz has also lived in Spain and Peru and speaks Spanish. She is a graduate of the University of Washington, with a degree in communications. Liz’s work for KUOW has taken her to Mexico and India. Both those reporting trips produced award-winning documentaries. In 2009, Liz received a regional Murrow award for a documentary about indigenous Mexicans who migrate to the Seattle area. In 2014, she won a national Gracie award and RTNDA’s Kaleidoscope Award for a series that focused on immigration-related links between India and the Puget Sound region. Her work has also been heard on national shows including NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, PRI's The World, Latino USA, Marketplace, The Takeaway and BBC News Service.

To see more of Liz' past KUOW work, visit our archive site.

Stories

  • Wanted: Citizens To Oversee Seattle Police Reforms

    Applications are now available to serve on Seattle’s new, court-ordered Community Police Commission. This citizen oversight board is part of the city’s agreement with the Department of Justice about police reforms.This is not exactly a new idea. Seattle’s created civilian panels in the past to monitor police and propose changes. But City Council Member Nick Licata says this new one has a key difference.“This one is very specific,” Licata says. “This one is basically saying, is the police department conforming to the reforms that are necessary to make our police department more accountable to our citizens?”Another difference with this commission is that it’s a mandate from the Department of Justice.  Their investigation last year found Seattle police routinely used excessive force, often against minorities and mentally ill people.The city’s now entered into a settlement to make some fixes, with the oversight of an independent monitor. The council’s public safety committee has drafted legislation about the role of this new commission. They’ve gotten input from community leaders. One of the main questions that’s come up is whether this task force will have any direct say in the reforms. Licata says it depends on the definition of "direct say."“They will certainly be monitoring the police department, and for that matter they will review the reports and recommendations of the monitor,” he says. “They have the ability to issue their own reports. So, they will be a very public figure and they will have access to all the information. So in that sense, yes, they will definitely have a say.”Licata also wants the commission to be able to address the federal court directly about Seattle’s compliance with the settlement. But that’s up to the judge.Seattle officials are still figuring out staff support for this citizen commission and whether the volunteer members will earn a stipend. The deadline to apply is November 1. The council’s public safety committee plans to vote Thursday on an ordinance to create the new commission.