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Sophie Reid

Producer, Seattle Now and The Record


Sophie produces content for KUOW’s Seattle Now and The Record.

Sophie joined the BBC as an intern in London in 2005, rising to become the BBC’s Senior Radio Producer for North America. She was senior broadcast journalist for BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast, broadcast journalist for Radio 4’s The World at One, PM, The World This Weekend and Broadcasting House programs. She also produced business news for the Today program at Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live’s Wake Up to Money.

In 2012, Sophie turned freelance and has worked for the BBC, NPR, WHYY, WNYC and Bloomberg. She also teaches communication at The Wharton School. Before becoming a journalist, Sophie was a lawyer for an international law firm.

Now a Seattle resident, she has lived in London, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia (among other places).


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    Climate change is changing Seattle summers

    We're heading towards the second heat wave of the summer, and smoke from West Coast wildfires is finally arriving. Today, we revisit a conversation about how wildfires and climate change are impacting summer, and our relationship with this place.

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    Seattle Now: Not all businesses are struggling

    This pandemic has been painful. For the economy, for people’s jobs and livelihoods. Applications for unemployment are at a 3 month peak nationally. This has been a crushing year for millions. But there’s always a flip side...

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    Seattle Now: Feeding Washington's hungry

    The pandemic has devastated families. Right now, up to $1.8 million Washingtonians cannot afford food. But some of the most in need may be afraid to seek help.

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    Seattle Now: Why Mayor Durkan won't seek re-election.

    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan's announcement she won't run for a second term comes at a tumultuous time. The city is bruised by the pandemic and protests over police brutality, and fractured by political battles. So what drove the Mayor to step aside?

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    Seattle Now: Seattle's falling home rents

    The idea of more space at home, maybe an office or a bigger yard, is enticing in a pandemic. That desire is driving down rents in Seattle, as people search beyond the city for homes. But the Covid economy means many won't benefit from cheaper rents, and face losing their homes.

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    Seattle Now: The problem with pandemic pods

    Pods - or bubbles - have helped people to stay connected during the pandemic. But public health advice about how they should work is scarce. So we need to talk about pod rules, or risk bursting our bubble of protection.

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    Seattle Now: Giving thanks for Seattle's restaurant workers

    Thanksgiving is an exciting time of year for foodies. But this year, Seattle's restaurant industry is on life support. Indoor dining is off the table, because of state restrictions the Washington Hospitality Association has called “devastating”.

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    Seattle Now: Reinventing arts in a pandemic

    Seattle's arts scene is struggling due to Covid. But it's adapting, says KUOW's longtime arts and culture reporter, Marcie Sillman. As Marcie retires from KUOW, she reflects on the future of Seattle's creative community.