David Hyde

Contributing Reporter, Interviewer, And Producer

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 empty 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 for publications including Salon 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 and The Record.  Now a contributing producer and interviewer, 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

Narcissa and Marcus Whitman, missionaries from New York for whom Whitman College is named. They were killed by Native Americans angered after they helped to spread measles, which decimated a tribe.
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“Missionaries, missionaries, we’re on top!”

That’s a chant the kids yell at sporting events at Whitman College, a liberal arts school in Walla Walla, where the mascot is the Fighting Missionary.

A voter marks a ballot for the New Hampshire primary inside a voting booth at a polling place Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H.
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Bill Radke asks Marilyn McKenna why she thinks Seattle women should consider voting Republican in 2016. For further listening, check out this discussion Radke hosted yesterday concerning the Democratic candidates: Debate: Do Feminists Have To Vote For Hilary?

File Photo: U.S. Congress
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David Hyde speaks with former Burien mayor Arun Jhaveri about his bid to replace U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott. McDermott has represented the Seattle area in the 7th Congressional district since 1989. He will not run for re-election this year. 

Pramila Jayapal
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David Hyde speaks with Washington state Senator Pramila Jayapal about her bid to replace U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott. McDermott has represented the 7th Congressional District, including the Seattle area, since 1989.

Purple Heart
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Bill Radke speaks with Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins about the resignation of Rep. Graham Hunt after allegations that the Washington state lawmaker exaggerated his military service record.

Also, Radke talks with Doug Sterner, a veteran who has spent decades investigating fraudulent claims of military service, for his take on why people distort, exaggerate, or lie about military service.

Food writer Hsiao-Ching Chou
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What’s the best Chinese restaurant in Seattle? Seattle food writer Hsiao-Ching Chou gets this question all the time.

She struggles to answer, she told KUOW’s David Hyde, because there isn’t one.

File Photo: Kathleen O'Toole speaks after being introduced by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray as his nominee to be Seattle's new Chief of Police, May 19, 2014.
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Bill Radke speaks with Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole about why she was invited to sit in  First Lady Michelle Obama's box at President Barack Obama's last State of the Union address.

David Hyde speaks with Knute Berger about how Washington became the only state in the union to put a fascist presidential candidate on the ballot.  

Ammon Bundy, center, one of the sons of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, walks off after speaking with reporters during a news conference at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, near Burns, Ore.
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Bill Radke speaks with Oregonian reporter Les Zaits about armed protesters occupying a federal building in rural Oregon. The issue: management of public land in the rural northwest. 

David Hyde also speaks with reporter Anna King about the tension over public land management in rural Washington. King says people in rural Washington sympathize with the complaints from the self-styled militia in Oregon, but they don't agree with the tactics. 

Microsoft sign on the company's Redmond, Washington campus.
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David Hyde speaks with Geekwire co-founder Todd Bishop about the top three tech stories in Seattle in 2015, including a revival at Microsoft, Amazon deliveries, and the murky story of the $70,000 wage at Gravity Payments.

New Oso Analysis Sheds Light On Landslide Risks

Dec 23, 2015
A massive mudslide on March 22, 2014 in Oso, Washington killed 43. Pictured here is the mudflow taken on Monday, March 24, 2014.
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Big landslides like the one in Oso that killed 43 people last year are fairly common in Stillaguamish Valley. According to a new study from the University of Washington, one occurs about every 140 years. 

David Hyde talks to UW geology professor David Montgomery about what the research means for politicians and where people decide to build and live.

Snow Report: Bad For Drivers, Good For Skiers

Dec 23, 2015
Crews repair one of three roadway washouts at milepost 154 over White Pass on Dec. 16. The pass has since reopened.
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David Hyde speaks the recent snow onslaught in the Cascades with National Weather Service meteorologist Ted Beuhner and Adam McKenney, owner of Leavenworth Mountain Sports.

Canadian dollar, or 'loonie'
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David Hyde speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the continued fall of the Canadian dollar. Palmer also gives an update on plans for a sewage treatment plant in Victoria, B.C.

Cigarettes in an ash tray.
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State Rep. Tina Orwall just marked the two-year anniversary of her mom’s death from lung cancer.

“It’s a horrific way to lose someone,” Orwall, whose father also died of a smoking-related disease, told KUOW's David Hyde.

Rob Johnson
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David Hyde talks to one of Seattle's newest and youngest City Councilmembers Rob Johnson about his top three priorities for the council and the rap music that got him through the campaign. 

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