Vaughan is a podcast producer for Seattle Now, KUOW's news podcast. They enjoy stories with strong local roots that benefit the day-to-day life of the listener. They were previously a reporter at KJZZ, Phoenix's NPR member station, and received a BA in journalism from the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University.
Last week, Starbucks unveiled a new strategy that pivots its focus from a cozy Italian cafe to one where icy, customizable drinks take center stage. To get there, the coffee giant plans to invest roughly 450 million in new equipment to make things more efficient for customers and Baristas. Like a new Clover machine the company says will produce freshly ground, freshly brewed, hot coffee in just 30 seconds. Business Insider reporter Mary Meisenzahl explains.
On Sunday, the West Seattle Bridge will be open to the public for the first time since March of 2020. After two and a half years of construction and delays, the bridge is finally repaired, and our neighbors in West Seattle are ready and waiting. We’ll hear from West Seattle Blog editor Tracy Record about how things will change on the “Accidental Island.”
The Seattle Seahawks play their first game of the season tonight. They’re getting the primetime Monday Night Football slot, because Former Hawks superstar Russell Wilson is suiting up for the other team. We’ll talk with sports columnist Jerry Brewer about what to look for tonight, and how the city can learn to live without Russ.
School was supposed to start yesterday. Instead of coming to classrooms full of students, Seattle public school teachers donned red shirts and took to the picket lines to strike. Teachers are striking for competitive pay, adequate classroom support, and a better teacher to student ratio for Special Education classrooms. In fact, Seattle's Special Education program has been a core issue at the bargaining table. We went to a few schools to talk with teachers and educators about why they are striking and the issues that are important to them.
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, chances are you’ve been on a hike. If not, you might go with a trail that’s considered “easy” to get started. But, easy for who? Trails labeled easy in many guides are still difficult or inaccessible for people with disabilities. We’ll hear from Syren Nagakyrie, the author of a new hikers guide for those with disabilities looking to experience one of Washington’s many hiking trails.
The Seattle Storm won a tense playoff game against the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday, thanks to some late-game heroics from Jewel Lloyd. Game 2 is Wednesday night, and the Storm are looking to steal a second game on the road. We’ll hear from Storm color commentator Elise Woodward about this year’s playoff run, which doubles as a sendoff for the legendary Sue Bird.
Every Seattle neighborhood has a unique feel and sound. For South Park, that sound includes freight trucks and highway traffic. And it isn’t just noise — State Route 99 cuts the neighborhood completely in half. Neighbors there are now trying to get the highway removed from their part of the city. Seattle Times transportation reporter David Kroman tells us about the fight to decommission the 99 in South Park.