Cathy Duchamp | KUOW News and Information

Cathy Duchamp

Managing Editor

Year started with KUOW: 1998

Cathy sets the editorial priorities for local news coverage and leads our team of reporters and editors. Cathy began her public media career in 1998, after tours of duty in TV news at KING-5 and high-tech marketing at Microsoft. At KUOW she’s worked as an announcer, reporter and regional news editor. She did stints at NPR and Marketplace in Washington D.C. before returning to Seattle in 2012 to lead the newsroom.   


Edward R Murrow Regional Awards:

·         1st Place, Sports Reporting, “Native American Basketball" 

·         1st Place, Team Series, “Race: In Their Own Words ” 

Public Radio News Directors International

·         1st Place, Continuing Coverage, “Orca Capture”  

Ways to Connect

Flickr Photo/Timothy Allen (CC BY SA 2.0)/

There’s a debate among wordsmiths over something called the "singular they".  That’s the gender-neutral pronoun, an alternative to the pronouns "he" and "she". 

An example: A parent wants their child to succeed. 

Douglass Brown was walking down Titlow Beach in Tacoma with a girl he liked when he saw a giant thing – that looked like an octopus tentacle – emerge from the water. He ran, screaming.
Illustration by Tom Dougherty

Douglass Brown was 15 when he saw a giant tentacle emerge from Puget Sound.

He was in Tacoma, walking down the beach with a girl he liked. Then he looked out at the water.

Springer, the one-ton baby orca displaced from her pod, chased Washington ferries until she was caught and reconnected with her family.
AP Photo/Cheryl Hatch

SeaWorld says it will end its killer whale breeding program and will stop making the mammals perform tricks for stadium crowds. It’s a historic about-face from the days when SeaWorld hired people to capture wild killer whales in Puget Sound. 

SPD Drone
KUOW photo/Amy Radil

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn put an end to a controversial  program where unmanned miniature helicopters equipped with cameras would be used to fight crime. Critics had privacy concerns about police surveillance. The timing of Mayor McGinn's decision could become an issue in his re-election bid.