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Good thing John was a clumsy traveler.
Otherwise his cheap microcassette recorder wouldn't have fallen out of his pocket in an Indonesian taxi, a generous BBC stringer wouldn't have lent him some recording gear, and he wouldn't have gotten the radio bug. But after pointing a mic at rare jungle songbirds and gong-playing grandmothers for his first radio story, there was no turning back.
He spent several years freelancing for most of the major public radio news shows (as well as newspapers including Christian Science Monitor and Los Angeles Times). John also did an award-winning documentary for KUOW on the side from a day gig covering transportation at the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce.
In 2009, John moved back to Seattle to become KUOW’s first investigative reporter after two exciting years covering avalanches, political intrigue and just about everything in between for KTOO, the NPR station in Alaska's capital city. He returned to Alaska for a 4-month stint in the Aleutian Islands in 2015 and won awards for KUOW and KUCB-Unalaska for his coverage of Arctic oil drilling from two states.
John’s stories have won multiple national awards for KUOW, including the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi awards for Public Service in Radio Journalism and for Investigative Reporting and national Edward R. Murrow and PRNDI awards for coverage of breaking news.
John is a shop steward of KUOW’s SAG-AFTRA newsroom union.
He believes democracy only works when journalism holds the powerful accountable for their words and actions.
“Ramping up testing in our community is really important.”
The cracks in the West Seattle Bridge that led city officials to suddenly close the bridge Monday were nothing new: Bridge inspectors first saw the series of cracks in concrete beneath the main span’s deck back in 2013.
Patients hoping to learn if they have fallen prey to the coronavirus continue to be stymied by bottlenecks before they can learn the truth about their health.
“Honestly the first thing we thought was zombie apocalypse movie. That’s the only time you see a field hospital.”
In the far corner of a hospital parking lot in North Seattle, people with coronavirus symptoms – and appointments beforehand – drove up in 15-minute intervals Tuesday morning.
A 40-person team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working in Seattle to help local officials and hospitals as they struggle to stay on top of the nation’s densest cluster of coronavirus cases.
Several hospital workers in the Seattle area have contracted the novel coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Life Care Center in Kirkland provided insight into the location where most of Washington's COVID-19 deaths have come from. It's the first time the company has communicated publicly about the coronavirus outbreak.
A person with a confirmed case of coronavirus has been in "multiple" county buildings in downtown Seattle.
In a city where dogs outnumber children nearly 2 to 1, and a nation with the most pets on earth, the paw-prints of our beloved little carnivores and omnivores add up.