Deborah Wang

Reporter

Deborah Wang is a news and feature reporter for KUOW. She covers a range of subjects, but focuses on stories about business and politics.

Deborah joined the KUOW staff in the fall of 2005. She is an award–winning radio and television journalist whose career spans more than two decades. A long–time network foreign correspondent, Deborah has reported from close to two dozen countries, including China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Rwanda, Kuwait, and Iraq.

Deborah's first reporting job was at public radio station WFCR in Amherst, Massachusetts. In 1990, she went to work for National Public Radio, and served as NPR's Asia correspondent, based in Hong Kong. In 1993, she went to work for ABC News as a television correspondent in Beijing and Hong Kong, and covered, among other things, Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule. In 1999, she set up the network's first news bureau in Seattle.

Deborah has also worked as an on–air anchor for CNN International, and for the nationally syndicated public radio show Here and Now.

Deborah has won numerous awards for her reporting, including the Alfred I. DuPont Silver Baton for coverage of the first Gulf War, and the Overseas Press Club's Lowell Thomas Award for best radio documentary on Cambodia.

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Homes On Coastal Bluffs
11:26 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Perkins Lane: Seattle's Poster Child For Landslide Risk

Ruth Trail, a resident of the Magnolia area of Seattle, surveys where a landslide took out homes on Perkins Lane in 1996.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

It’s no secret that Western Washington is prone to landslides. The combination of glacial soils, steep slopes and water creates a risk that’s greater than in other parts of the U.S.

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Rideshare Services
9:15 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Seattle City Council Legalizes Rideshares, But Puts Cap On Cars

Drivers and supporters of app-based rideshare service UberX pack Seattle City Council chambers.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

You may see fewer cars with pink mustaches on the road in the coming months.

Seattle’s City Council yesterday gave final approval to a plan that would limit the number of cars that rideshare companies like Lyft, UberX and Sidecar can operate.

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Labor Expenses
11:39 am
Thu March 13, 2014

'It's Complicated:' A Small Business And Its Employees Struggle With Minimum Wage Debate

Destiny Sund, co-owner of The Confectional, steps in to help with mixing a crust with baker Heather Hodge.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

The push to raise the minimum wage in Seattle was just a campaign slogan last fall. But now it's on a fast track. Mayor Ed Murray has said that he will propose a minimum wage increase this spring.

But many of the people who would be affected are just starting to assess the costs and benefits.

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Labor Debate
7:57 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Seattle Residents Testify For, Against $15 Minimum Wage At Packed Hearing

Members of the group 15 Now greet people arriving to testify at the Seattle City Council public hearing on minimum wage on Wednesday, March 6.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Hundreds of people descended on Seattle's Town Hall last night for the first in a series of public hearings on the minimum wage.

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Marijuana Tax
9:20 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Seattle City Council Rejects Tax Break For Pot Growers

Flickr Photo/Scott Beale (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marijuana growers who want to sell their products in Seattle will have to pay business license tax to the city.

On Monday, the City Council voted not to give pot growers a tax break reserved for farmers.

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Income Inequality Debate
7:33 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Seattle Minimum Wage Activists Prepare To Fight Against ‘Swiss Cheese’ Plan

Socialist City Council Member Kshama Sawant speaks at a recent rally for the 15 Now group.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Residents of Seattle should know in the next few months whether low-wage workers in the city will get a raise. Mayor Ed Murray is hoping to unveil a proposal by late spring that would increase the minimum wage in the city to as much as $15 an hour.

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Utility Rates
9:34 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Seattle City Light Customers: Brace For Higher Bills This Year

Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives

Customers of Seattle City Light are likely to see an increase in their bills later this year.

The utility is facing lower than expected revenues, and that could mean an automatic 3 percent surcharge for customers.

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Resource Management
8:59 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Why Is Lake Washington's Water Level So Low? Ask The Engineers

The Lake Washington Ship Canal connects the lake with Puget Sound via Lake Union. The Army Corps of Engineers controls the water level of the lake by manipulating the water flow at the Ballard Locks.
Credit Flickr Photo/Seattle Munincipal Archives

You may have noticed that water levels at Lake Washington beaches are very low.

But if you think there might be some connection with the drought that is now gripping much of the western U.S., think again.

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Super Bowl Fervor
7:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Stocking For Success: Merchandisers Prepare For Super Bowl Win

World Vision distributed shirts and gear from Super Bowl XLII, which incorrectly stated that the New England Patriots had won, to different schools in Nicaragua in March 2008.
Courtesy of World Vision

While football fans are eagerly watching the Super Bowl, stores and manufacturers will be likewise poised for the final outcome to set in motion a landslide of merchandise to cater to the winners.

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Transportation
9:39 am
Wed January 15, 2014

King County Leaders: Raise Taxes To Pay For Buses, Roads

From left, King County Councilmembers Rod Dembowski, Larry Phillips, Jane Hague and Joe McDermott prepare for a press conference. The poster behind them lists targeted bus routes.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Political leaders in King County want voters to help stave off drastic cuts to Metro bus service.

On Tuesday, King County Executive Dow Constantine proposed raising car tab fees, sales taxes and bus fares. The money would pay for transit service and road maintenance.

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Legislature
4:35 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Seattle Sends A New Face To Olympia – Brady Walkinshaw, 29

Brady Walkinshaw, newly appointed representative from Washington's 43rd Legislative District, at his home on Seattle's Capitol Hill
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

When Brady Walkinshaw was a young child growing up in rural Whatcom County, his parents noticed he had a particular affinity for politics.

By the age of 4 or 5, “I have vivid memories of him organizing books on the floor [about] states and trying to figure out where the capitals were,” his father Charlie said.

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'Mass Movement'
7:44 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Socialist Kshama Sawant Delivers Blistering Speech At Inauguration

Newly-elected Socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant celebrates her inauguration with a raised fist. She was sworn in by Nicole Grant of the Washington State Labor Council.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Inauguration in Seattle has usually been a low-key affair. But not this year.

Hundreds packed the lobby of Seattle City Hall on Monday. Some came to see Ed Murray, the city’s first openly gay mayor, take the oath of office. But many more came to catch a glimpse of Kshama Sawant, Seattle’s first Socialist City Council member who has attracted international attention.

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Labor
7:42 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Will 2014 Be The Year Of The $15 Minimum Wage In Seattle?

Newly-elected Socialist City Councilmember Kshama Sawant speaks at a city hall press conference on the $15 an hour minimum wage.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Newly-elected Councilmember Kshama Sawant is already working on her campaign promise to establish a $15 an hour minimum wage in Seattle.

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Labor
5:05 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

German Employees Rally Outside Amazon Headquarters: 'We're People, Not Robots'

Nancy Becker, an Amazon employee from Germany, speaks at a rally at Amazon's corporate headquarters in South Lake Union.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Outside Amazon’s headquarters in South Lake Union on Monday, activists chanted in German, “Wir sind Menchen; nicht Roboter.”

Translation: “We are people, not robots.”  

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Elections 2013
3:09 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

SeaTac's $15 Minimum Wage Survives Hand Recount

Employees with King County Elections conducting a hand recount of ballots from SeaTac Proposition 1
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

UPDATE 12/09/13  5:30 PM PT:

Supporters of SeaTac's $15 an hour minimum wage are celebrating tonight after the initiative survived a hand recount of ballots cast in the race.

County elections officials spent a full day scrutinizing more than 6,000 ballots by hand, closely watched by observers from both sides of the issue.

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