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Patricia Murphy

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About

Patricia Murphy is an award-winning radio journalist who has covered justice, public health, military and veterans affairs for 20 years. She’s currently the host of KUOW’s daily news podcast, Seattle Now.

Her reporting has been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award for a 2005 documentary on IV drug use, and an Excellence in Health Care Journalism Award from the Association of Healthcare Journalists for a 2011 collaboration with the Seattle Times about chronic orthopedic injuries in the military.

A 2018 series focusing on narratives of young people who carry guns won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Innovation. She’s also a member of the Dart Society -- a network of journalists who cover trauma, conflict and social injustice.

Patricia is a graduate of Boston’s Emerson College and a native of Clifton, New Jersey, where her first job was delivering The Herald News on her bicycle.

Podcasts

Stories

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    Seattle Now

    How cities can change along with the PNW climate

    The causes of June’s deadly heatwave are still being studied, but the early science says the usually mild PNW can expect more blistering heat, and more often. We get a picture of how it played out around the city, and hear from a climate scientist about how Seattle can adapt.

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    Casual Friday: No J&J, no Tanqueray

    Seattle bars say they won't serve anyone without proof of a shot. Governor Inslee asks vaccinated Washingtonians to start masking up again indoors. And Vancouver's Jordan Chiles helps Team USA win silver after Simone Biles bows out.

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    Seattle Now

    Why wouldn't someone get vaccinated?

    Washington's Department of Health now says vaccination rates can’t keep up with the virus. Nearly one third of Washingtonians haven't gotten their shot, even though they're eligible. So what's stopping them?

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    The Summer Olympics (of local elections) are underway!

    Between wildfires, the delta variant and billionaires flying to space, maybe you missed that Seattle’s primary election is happening next week. Dig out that ballot! Crosscut reporter David Kroman is here to help us figure out what’s at stake.

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    Seattle Now

    Seattle Now: Trying to do policing differently

    Police departments are under a lot of pressure to rethink their relationship with the communities they serve. Just next door to Seattle, the Tukwila Police Department is trying to lower the number of times police officers use force. And it seems to be working.

  • caption: Brittany Rios shows off Adelaide, her Covid nurse tattoo. Tattoo art by Mark Meyer with Goodland Tattoo.

    Here's how the pandemic inspired a fresh wave of new ink

    The pandemic has been brutal, the loss staggering. Family members, neighbors, beloved community members, everyone has a story and some people are telling theirs with a new tattoo COVID has spurred a fresh wave of new ink.

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    Seattle Now

    Casual Friday: 'Radio eye roll'

    This week, Seattle gets to grips with actually having a pro hockey team. Anyone know how to skate out there? Plus, the Olympics kick off, sans fans. We break it down with co-hosts of the Barbershop podcast Marcus Trufant and Terry Hollimon.

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    Seattle Now

    Conspiracy politics on the Peninsula

    QAnon was a chaotic force in last year’s presidential election. Now a new crop of conspiracy-minded candidates are trying to gain a foothold in local politics on the Olympic Peninsula. KUOW politics reporter David Hyde tells us what he found.

  • caption: Tim Pipes, owner of The Angry Beaver in Greenwood, poses in front of the bar's mascot. The Beaver is Seattle's only hockey bar — Pipes founded it when he couldn't find a spot to watch his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs.
    Seattle Now

    How to build a hockey team

    Seattle will soon have a fifth pro sports team — the Kraken's debut NHL season starts in October. But how do you build a new hockey franchise from the ground up? Seattle Now producer Clare McGrane explains the answer involves a bit of politicking, a bit of player stealing and a lot of transplanted fans.

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    Seattle Now

    Get ready for smoke season

    Another week of warm, breezy summer weather here in Seattle. But east of the mountains, they’re dealing with extreme fire danger. We’ll here more about the fast start to this year's wildfire season and what you can do to prepare from Northwest News Network correspondent Anna King.