David Hyde

Interviewer and Executive Producer, The Record

Year started with KUOW: 2004

Before landing in the Emerald City, David Hyde tried out several others, including New York, Tokyo and Portland, Oregon. As a student at Reed College in Portland, David discovered two loves: His love for the Pacific Northwest and for his spouse who is now a professor at the University of Washington.

David started in radio as a college DJ. Listeners responded with enthusiasm, he says, sometimes by throwing beer bottles at the station. In New York, David worked as the managing editor and reporter for a regional newspaper. He has also freelanced as a radio correspondent for National Public Radio and Pacifica Network News, and written for publications across the political spectrum including Salon, the New York Sun and Grist.

In addition to his reporting background, David has also pursued graduate work in U.S. cultural history (ABD); and he's taught college courses in U.S. cultural history, film and history, and American popular culture.

At KUOW since 2004, David has also worked on The Conversation, Weekday, and Speakers' Forum. Now on The Record, David says his main goal is to create radio that really matters to KUOW listeners. So if he's not doing that, please let him know.

Ways to Connect

David Hyde interviews Seattle-based biologist Anne Bikle ad University of Washington Professor David Montgomery about their new book on the beneficial role microbes play in agriculture and human health called "The Hidden Half Of Nature."

Strip-mining spoil piles in background in Colstrip, Montana, June 1973.
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David Hyde speaks with Montana Public Radio news director Eric Whitney about how a coal town in Colstrip, Montana could be shuttered by climate change.

Instructor Megan Shaeffer takes participants in the state’s first women-only hunting class on Nov. 7 in Black Diamond through a scenario over whether it’s ethical, legal and safe to shoot.
Courtesy of Megan Shaeffer

David Hyde speaks with volunteer instructor Megan Shaeffer about the need for women-only hunter education classes.  She recently lead the state's first on Nov. 7 in Black Diamond. 

A fragment of the collapsed bridge, in the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma, Washington.
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David Hyde speaks with journalist and local historian Feliks Banel  about the Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse on Nov. 7, 1940.  

Tim Eyman
AP Photo/Rachel La Corte

Tim Eyman's latest tax-reducing intitiative, I-1366, passed handily in Tuesday's election.

Eyman talked to David Hyde about why he thought the initiative was necessary and about how he feels to get the victory while he's under investigation over allegations of campaign finance violations.

Seattle Public Library central branch, 1914 (not the first iteration - that was in 1898 on the fifth floor of the Occidental Building in Pioneer Square).
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David Hyde travels back in time through the magic of radio with writer Knute Berger to the site of Seattle's first library.  

Our post-elections panel Joni Balter, C.R. Douglas and David Hyde.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

So did Seattle socialists win or lose in the election? Kshama Sawant was re-elected in City Council District 3, and her ally Mike O’Brien also won in District 6. But other potential allies faltered.

Still, political analyst C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX told KUOW’s David Hyde, Sawant’s re-election pushes the council her direction.  

Tacoma Voters Favor $12 Minimum Wage

Nov 4, 2015
File photo of Tacoma Dome and Union Station in Tacoma, Washington.
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David Hyde talks to Tacoma News Tribune reporter Kate Martin about election results in Tacoma, including an increase to the minimum wage and a measure to give the mayor more executive power. 

A supporter of Initiative 122 displays a carved pumpkin.
Facebook Photo/Honest Elections Seattle

David Hyde talks with Honest Elections campaign manager Brianna Thomas about the passage of  Initiative 122. 

David Hyde talks to Vaughn Palmer, columnist for the Vancouver Sun, about the swearing in of Canada's new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and his new political cabinet. 

David Hyde speaks with University of Washington historian Margaret O'Mara about the popularity of political outsiders in Washington State, and her new book, "Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections That Shaped The Twentieth Century."

alcohol beer taps
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David Hyde talks with Fircrest resident and City Councilmember Hunter George about why he wants to end alcohol prohibition in Washington's only dry town.

Eat a chunk off the gum wall in Post Alley? Not so sure about that.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Better hurry if you want to see the famous – some might say infamous – gum wall at Seattle’s Pike Place Market, at least in its current incarnation. The market plans to scrub down the layers and layers of chewing gum stuck on the walls of Post Alley.  

Mercedes Carrabba, owner of Market Ghost Tours and Ghost Alley Espresso, told KUOW’s David Hyde that she’s excited about the scrubdown.

tip restaurant money
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Chef Renee Erickson says she was trying to close pay gaps among her employees when she eliminated tipping at her Seattle restaurants.

But she told KUOW’s David Hyde that the change also might help battle another problem in restaurants: sexism.

Is That Wild Salmon Really Wild?

Nov 2, 2015
How do you tell what salmon is truly wild?
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David Hyde speaks with Mike Cenci, deputy chief law enforcement officer for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, about the dangers of seafood mislabeling and how consumers can make informed purchases.