Ruby de Luna
Ruby de Luna is a reporter with a focus on food and how it intersects with health, communities, and culture. She has also reported on health care, and immigrant communities.
Ruby is a transplant from Taipei, Taiwan. She holds a B.A. in communication from Seattle Pacific University. She is proud to be one of the few old-schoolers who can edit tape with a razor blade.
Languages: English, Conversational Mandarin, Tagalog
Professional Affiliations: Member, AAJA
Washington state is considering making school meals free to every student. That idea received wide support at a recent Senate hearing. But some opponents say it’s a bad idea.
Albertsons may proceed with plans to pay shareholders $4 billion dollars. The State Supreme Court denied a request from the Attorney General’s Office to review the case to block payment.
This could be the week when grocery chain Albertsons learns whether it could go ahead and pay $4 billion dollars to its shareholders. The payment was planned when Albertsons and rival Kroger announced they were merging last fall. But the Washington Attorney General’s Office is trying to block payment until the merger is completed.
Today, in lieu of Casual Friday, we’re bringing you a sweet treat from our newsroom. KUOW’s Ruby de Luna spoke to some local bakers about their efforts to create Little Free Bakeries, a spin-off of Little Free Libraries. These bakeries aren’t just for free treats, though - they’re a source of joy and community for those who bake, and those who eat. As you listen, maybe grab a snack in case you get hungry.
It has been a big year, and we could all use a few days (or maybe a few months) away from the news. Seattle Now is celebrating the holidays this week with special holiday episodes. On this episode: stories from KUOW arts and culture reporter Mike Davis and food reporter Ruby de Luna, who reflect on their holiday family traditions.
It’s that time of year when home bakers are working overtime to produce holiday treats to share. But one Seattle baker has been at it year-round to bring some sweetness to her neighborhood. Last year Magnolia resident Lanne Stauffer turned her little free library into a little free bakery. And her efforts are going strong and have inspired similar efforts around Seattle.
Seattle’s “streateries” were the city’s answer to help restaurants survive the pandemic while protecting public health: the city waived permits and fees to allow businesses to use sidewalks and curbside space. Now, the city council is one step closer to making its café street program permanent.
You've probably heard the phrase, "It's the thought that counts." That's the theme of a holiday series we're bringing you this month, because 'tis the season for a number of holiday traditions and feelings.
Chief Seattle Club, a nonprofit that provides social services to Seattle’s urban Native people, has a new café featuring Indigenous foods. The name of the café is ?ál?al, pronounced "ahl-ahl."
When Seattle started taxing soda and sugary drinks in 2018, part of the intent was to reduce consumption. The good news: people drank less soda. The bad news: it meant reduced funds for programs that help vulnerable communities. As the city council prepares to vote on the 2023 budget, it made some changes to avoid deep cuts. But it’s a short-term fix.