Patricia Murphy is an enterprise reporter for KUOW. Patricia is currently reporting on justice and public health.
Previously she was part of two collaborative projects focusing on military and veterans affairs. The American Homefront Project is a partnership between public radio stations KUOW, WUNC, KPCC and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Back at Base is a collaboration between National Public Radio and seven member stations including KUOW.
Patricia is an award-winning radio journalist and news anchor. Patricia’s first job in radio news was at WBUR Boston in 1994. She’s worked at KUOW since 2000.
Patricia’s series “Less than Honorable,” investigated how the military handles more than 3,000 sexual assault cases each year.
Her 2011 collaboration with the Seattle Times, “The Weight of War,” looked at heavy loads carried by troops and the increase in chronic orthopedic injuries as a result; the series won a national award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism from the Association of Healthcare Journalists.
She also received a national Edward R. Murrow Award for a documentary on IV drug use and has had her work recognized with awards from the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.
In 2012, Patricia was inducted into the Dart Society, a network of journalists who cover trauma, conflict and social injustice.
Patricia holds a B.A. from Emerson College in Boston.
To see more of Patricia's past KUOW work, visit our archive site.
Life imprisonment of juveniles without the possibility of parole is unconstitutional, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a 5-4 decision.
The Washington state Supreme Court struck down the state’s death penalty Thursday and converted all death sentences to life in prison.
When needle trash litters the ground, it creates a health hazard. And the problem is growing with the opioid epidemic.
Earlier this month, officials confirmed nine new cases. Two new confirmed HIV infections bring the total to 11.
After a year and a half of research, King County has released what it’s calling a “roadmap” to help keep more young people out of jail.
The state Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday centered around safe injection sites for drug users. Opponents want the court to allow a ballot measure that would ban the controversial sites in King County.
“If HIV begins to spread in a new population of persons who inject drugs, who don’t have other risk factors for HIV, there can be a large outbreak potentially,” Public Health Seattle King County's Dr. Jeff Duchin said.
The American Legion is holding its 100th national convention this week and is trying to keep the organization relevant for younger veterans. The story of Post 40 in Seattle — which split between older and younger veterans — illustrates the challenge.