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Patricia Murphy



Patricia Murphy is the host of Seattle Now, a daily news podcast.

Her interviews focus on experts and newsmakers. Previously you could find Patricia on the beat reporting on military and veteran affairs, justice, and health.

In 2018 Patricia received a regional Edward R. Murrow award for a series about the motivations of young people who carry guns. In 2005 she received a national Edward R. Murrow award for her reporting on injection drug use.

Though her first job in news was throwing hard copies of the Sunday paper from her bike, Patricia also graduated from Emerson College with a BS in Communications.

Location: Seattle

Languages: English

Pronouns: she/her

Professional Affiliations: Dart Center, Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism



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    Casual Friday with Paige Browning and Casey Martin

    This week… There was city council drama in both Seattle and Burien, both involving the region’s homeless population. Washingtonians have a tough pill to swallow as pharmacies in the state are closing at an alarming rate, leaving a hole in neighborhood ecosystems. And the new Mariners uniforms might draw more people to the games, for all the wrong reasons. Seattle Now Afternoon Host Paige Browning and KUOW Reporter Casey Martin are here to break down the week.

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    Seattle's short-lived Negro League baseball team

    It’s the end of February: The last day of Black History Month, and the start of the Mariners Spring Training season. Seattle Now Sports Correspondent Vaughan Jones is here to tell a story that combines both baseball and Seattle’s Black history, the story of the Seattle Steelheads, a short-lived Negro League baseball team.

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    Hackers want your medical record

    Cyber attacks on healthcare organizations are getting much more common. In the past three months at least 13 healthcare providers with patients in Washington were hit by data breaches. It all comes down to how connected our medical records are to the internet. Seattle Times Health Reporter Elise Takahama dug into why these attacks are becoming more common and how people can protect themselves.

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    Feds sue to block Kroger-Albertsons merger

    Kroger and Albertsons say they’ll fight the federal government's lawsuit to stop their proposed $24 billion merger. In filing the suit, the Federal Trade Commission says the deal would be bad for competition and consumers. The Grocery Workers Union agrees. Seattle Times Reporter Paul Roberts explains what this latest move could mean.

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    Washington strippers want a bill of rights

    Lawmakers in Olympia are considering a bill that would improve working conditions for strippers. Activists are planning a rally at the statehouse today KUOW’s labor and economy reporter Monica Nickelsburg explains.

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    Casual Friday with Tan Vinh and Jodi-Ann Burey

    This week… Mayor Bruce Harrell gave his State of the City address. A cougar attack in northern Washington reminds us it’s always important to be prepared. And Boeing and Alaska have a long road ahead to rebuild trust with customers. Could an executive shuffle and a branded beer help? Seattle Times Food Writer Tan Vinh and Author Jodi-Ann Burey are here to break down the week.

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    Can WA legislators fix high rents?

    It’s no secret that Seattle is an expensive place to live. A big part of the problem is high rent costs. In the past few years, local housing activists have pushed the idea of a rent cap. One version is getting a hearing in Olympia today on its way to potentially becoming state law. Mike Wilkerson, an urban economist and thedirector of analytics at ECOnorthwest, breaks down the different kinds of rent caps and where the proposed law would fit in.

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    WA Republicans weigh their options for president

    Washington state isn’t the biggest player when it comes to electoral votes during presidential races. Still the primary election is coming up on March 12, and Republican voters are weighing former President Donald Trump and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley KUOW’s David Hyde spoke with some local Republican families to get insights into their priorities for 2024.

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    The AI deepfakes that want to sway your vote

    November’s general election is still a long way off, but deepfakes generated by AI are already entering the conversation. And we’re not just talking about a robocall from a fake President Joe Biden, which actually happened during New Hampshire’s primary last month. Local and state elections here in Washington could be targeted, too. Seattle Now producer Clare McGrane will explain where deepfakes are showing up, and how to identify them.