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David Hyde

Reporter and Interviewer

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 reporter and interviewer, David says his main goal is to create balanced radio that matters to KUOW listeners. So if he's not doing that, please let him know.

Ways to Connect

Army recruits in Seattle being fitted for uniforms after the Pearl Harbor attack, 1941.
Courtesy of MOHAI, Seattle P-I Collection, PI28235

David Hyde speaks with local historian and radio producer Feliks Banel about the reaction of the Pearl Harbor attack in Seattle and the lasting impact it left on the city. 

State legislator Brady Walkinshaw represents Washington State's 43rd District.
Courtesy of Ann Norton

David Hyde talks to Brady Walkinshaw, the young progressive candidate challenging fellow Democrat and longtime Washington congressman Jim McDermott for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Cary Chin works at the front desk of Seattle-based Gravity Payments. CEO Dan Price told his employees that he was cutting his own salary and using company profits so they would each earn a base salary of $70,000.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Bill Radke speaks with Karen Weise, a reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek, about Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments in Seattle. Price rose to fame after raising the minimum wage at his company to $70,000. But Weise says he created an image of altruism while downplaying some inconvenient facts. 

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.
Flickr Photo/U.S. National Archives (Public Domain)/http://bit.ly/1MAbdwV

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.
Wikipedia Photo/Joe Mabel (CC BY SA)/http://bit.ly/1NUPhz7

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).
Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives (CC BY 2.0)/http://bit.ly/1WDlL39

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.
Flickr Photo/Sounder Bruce (CC BY SA 2.0)/http://bit.ly/1kbDHGf

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
Flickr Photo/Arvind Grover (CC BY SA 2.0)/http://bit.ly/1SmmftY

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
Flickr Photo/Eric Heath (CC BY 2.0)/http://bit.ly/1N9PRX1

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?
Flickr Photo/Wally Gobetz (CC BY NC ND 2.0)/http://bit.ly/1k65tUx

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. 

Sleepless in Seattle volunteers George Bargoud, Jean (no last name given), Michael Maloy and Amiga Debbie prepared to give out sleeping bags to homeless people in King County.
Courtesy of Eddie Wang

David Hyde speaks with Eddie Wang about a project to get a sleeping bag to every homeless person in King County. 

King County is trying to sell, at a discount, a large swath of land north of Fall City for a new dairy farm.
Flickr Photo/Jenny Ingram (CC BY NC ND)/http://bit.ly/1Ob39rY

David Hyde talks with King County Executive Dow Constantine about efforts to preserve farmland and open space in rural King County.

King County primary ballot.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

David Hyde talks with Joni Balter and C.R. Douglas about how moving to a district system is affecting City Council races in Seattle. Balter is host of Civil Cocktail on The Seattle Channel and Douglas is a political analyst for Q13 Fox.

'Apple beauty contest'
Flickr Photo/quilldancer (CC BY NC ND)/http://bit.ly/1kbQWWP

David Hyde spoke with Yakima Valley apple grower Ric Valicoff about increasingly hot and dry conditions in Central Washington and how that could affect the future of the fruit tree industry. 

Skip Black Friday, Go Outside Says REI

Oct 27, 2015
Mount Rainier, or Tahoma, Tacobet, Ti'Swaq or Pooskaus.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

David Hyde talks to Kevin Paul Scott, co-founder of the branding agency ADDO Worldwide, about REI's announcement to close its stores on Black Friday.

Spawning salmon
US Bureau of Land Management

David Hyde speaks with Bob Anderson, director of the UW Native American Law Center, about why Western Washington tribes are suing the state over culverts that block salmon. 

Seattle City Council District 2 candidates Tammy Morales and Bruce Harrell.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Under the pressure of a mic test at the KUOW studios, Bruce Harrell could not remember the recitation, “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,” so Tammy Morales, his Seattle City Council District 2 opponent, stepped in, noting with a laugh that she has a 5-year-old.

stop sign seattle
Flickr Photo/Thomas Hawk (CC BY NC)/http://bit.ly/1jZnp2G

David Hyde talks with cycling advocate Cynthia Gibson about the 'Idaho Stop,' a law that allows cyclists to treat stop signs like yield signs. Gibson is executive director of the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance.

rain trees
Flickr Photo/Michael B. (CC BY NC ND)/http://bit.ly/1RsXA5U

David Hyde talks to Knute Berger, writer and historian for Crosscut, about how and why rain is such an important part of a Northwesterner's identity. 

Howard Lake, north of Stehekin in Washington's North Cascades.
Courtesy of Mike Annee

A lake in the North Cascades should be renamed Howard Lake after a black prospector, the National Park Service said Thursday afternoon in a reversal of its position.

Medical illustration of a heart.
Wikipedia Photo/Patrick J. Lynch/http://bit.ly/1Rr5Ovk

David Hyde speaks with UW medical researcher Dr. Chuck Murry about receiving a $10 million grant to begin human trials of a revolutionary new treatment for heart disease.  

Beer taps at Elysian Brewing Company.
Flickr Photo/ctj71081 (CC BY SA 2.0)/http://bit.ly/1KrWnGp

David Hyde sits down with Dick Cantwell, co-founder and former head brewer of Elysian Brewing Company, to discuss what the merger of the two biggest beer companies, Anheuser Busch InBev and SABMiller, means for the craft beer industry.

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