Catharine Smith is an editor at KUOW focusing on politics, policing, environment and investigations. She has contributed environmental justice reporting for The Guardian and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. She also spent a decade as a reporter and editor for HuffPost in New York City.
Professional Affiliations: Member of Investigative Reporters and Editors; fellow at Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
SHOCK VOTE: Seattle City Council rejects drug enforcement policy 5-4
Seattle's city attorney will not be enforcing a state drug law that passed this spring.
City Council candidates enter the Thunderdome
Elections for Seattle’s City Council are still a couple of months out, but we now know exactly who is running. The top line is: it's chaotic. Forty five people are vying for seven positions on the council. KUOW politics editor Cat Smith gives a run down of what we know so far about the candidates and what to keep in mind if you’re looking at candidates in your district.
45 candidates are running for Seattle City Council. Who are they and what do they stand for?
KUOW’s politics editor Cat Smith has been talking to the candidates since last week’s filing deadline. She joined Morning Edition host Angela King to talk about some of the key issues and races so far.
Seattle leaders propose ban on public drug use, but others oppose the idea
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Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall graduates from police academy
She was appointed to the job of sheriff last year, but her certification had lapsed during her nearly 20 years in administrative and civilian roles.
This is what Washington is now charging carbon polluters
The results are in from Washington's first-ever carbon credit auction.
What we learned from the 2022 midterm elections in Washington state
Most of the elections in Washington state have been called, so now it's time to sit back and take a look at what we've learned from the midterms.
Kim Schrier wins third term in WA-08
The Associated Press called the race Thursday evening.
WA-03 upset: MAGA Republican unseats Trump impeacher in primary
Jaime Herrera Beutler, the incumbent Republican in Washington's 3rd Congressional District, has conceded to Trump-backed challenger Joe Kent.
Dramatic twist in WA-03 as MAGA candidate overtakes Trump impeacher
The race in Washington's 3rd Congressional District in the state's southwest took a dramatic turn Monday evening, sending shockwaves through the local Republican party.