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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

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.
AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

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. 

Seattle's Top Tech Stories For 2015

Dec 28, 2015
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.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

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
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

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. 

A view from the Columbia Tower in downtown Seattle. Sheriff John Urquhart offered three tips on what to do if a shooter enters a building: run, hide or fight like hell -- in that order.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

Three things you can do when a mean-mugging man with an assault rifle blazes into your office, according to King County Sheriff John Urquhart:

“The first is run,” Urquhart said. “Go out a back door, go out the front door if you can, break out a window, climb out a window.”

Plan B: Hide. Go into an office, barricade the door and keep quiet until you’re sure police are on the other side of that door.

Your third option is to be fierce.

David Hyde talks to Rashad Morris, the energy, industry and technology program officer at the Bullitt Foundation, about how the environmental movement needs to rethink its strategy with the public. 

US Supreme Court
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

The US Supreme Court heard opening arguments today in a case that could drastically limit that power of tribal courts. David Hyde talks to Robert Anderson, director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington, about the case and how it would affect tribes here in Washington state.

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.
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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: Voters Deserve To Win Tax Tug-Of-War

Nov 5, 2015
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.
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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?
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.
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David Hyde talks with King County Executive Dow Constantine about efforts to preserve farmland and open space in rural King County.

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