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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Congressional Election
4:13 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

A Peek Behind The Curtain At Suzan DelBene's Campaign

Viet Shelton and Sandeep Kaushik of Suzan DelBene's campaign
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Viet Shelton and Sandeep Kaushik were two of the key players in Suzan DelBene's successful run for Congress in Washington's 1st District in 2012. This year, they are back running DelBene's re-election campaign. 

Kaushik is a partner with Sound View Strategies and long-time political consultant in Seattle. Shelton has been serving as DelBene's communications director in Washington, D.C. and took a leave of absence to manage her campaign.

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First District Race
8:05 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Microsoft Alums Compete In Congressional Battleground

Incumbent Democrat Suzan DelBene calling voters at her campaign headquarters in Bothell, Wash.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Voters in Washington’s 1st Congressional District will decide whether to return their freshman member of Congress to Washington, D.C. or replace her with a political unknown.

Incumbent Democrat Suzan DelBene is being challenged by Republican Pedro Celis. The two are facing off in the state’s only true partisan battleground.

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Metro Bus Cuts
5:56 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

King County Metro: Prepare For Bus Cuts This Weekend

Metro Transit employees, like Dominic White, will be out at bus stops this week helping riders prepare for this weekend's cuts
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

If you are a bus rider in King County, you might want to double check to make sure your bus will be running next week.

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Seattle Budget
7:57 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Mayor Ed Murray: City Revenues Are Not Keeping Up

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray giving his first budget address in City Council chambers
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

In his first budget speech since taking office, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray laid out his priorities for the next two years, pledging a more efficient, transparent and better performing city government.

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Micro-Housing
12:25 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Look Out Seattle Developers: Apodments Face New Regulations

Apodments, or micro-housing, have sprung up around Seattle to much controversy.
Flickr Photo/jseattle

Developers who build tiny apartments in Seattle may soon be working under a new set of city rules.

The Seattle City Council gave initial approval Tuesday to a host of new regulations that would govern everything from the minimum size of units to bicycle and car parking requirements.

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Economy
3:54 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Seattle Gets Revenue Boost From Amazon, Construction Boom

Flickr Photo/sea turtle (CC-BY-NC-ND)

A construction boom and runaway hiring at Amazon are leading to stronger than expected tax revenues for the city of Seattle.

City budget officials say they expect to collect about $7 million more in taxes for 2015 and 2016.

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Livable Wage
6:52 am
Thu September 11, 2014

'Liberal Thing' Crosses Lake: Wage Activists Take On Bellevue

Labor activists from the group Working Washington surround eight protesters who have linked arms in a busy Bellevue intersection. They were protesting for a rise in the minimum wage.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Labor activists are targeting the city of Bellevue in the battle for a $15 an hour minimum wage.

Yesterday they marched from Seattle across the I-90 bridge and staged a protest that stopped traffic in downtown Bellevue.

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Marijuana
4:10 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Not Much, But Who Cares? Seattle Kicks Off Pot Sales

Cannabis City, Seattle's first recreational marijuana store, used police tape for their tongue-in-cheek ribbon-cutting.
KUOW Photo/Michael Clinard

It was a false countdown to high noon, when Cannabis City, a store in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood, was supposed to start selling marijuana.

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Minimum Wage
11:05 am
Wed July 2, 2014

$15 Wage Supporters Say Foes Are Playing Dirty

Leaflet from supporters of $15 an hour minimum wage warns voters that the Forward Seattle petition campaign seeks to repeal the new law.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

UPDATE 7/2/2014, 4:51 p.m. PT: 

Forward Seattle, a group opposing Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law, today submitted its petitions to put the law up for a popular vote.  

The Seattle City Clerk’s office says the group turned in more than 19,000 signatures. 16,510 signatures are required to put the law on the ballot. 

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Courts
9:57 am
Wed June 25, 2014

New Frontiers On The Minimum Wage Fight

Forward Seattle co-chair Kathrina Tugadi collecting signatures at the recent Fremont Fair
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Seattle’s new $15 an hour minimum wage is scheduled to start phasing in next April. But it first must survive several challenges, both in court and at the ballot box.

Franchisees are challenging the law in court, and two separate groups are collecting signatures to put the law to a popular vote on this November’s ballot.

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City Hall
4:49 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

15 Now Could Not Have Floated A Charter Amendment This Year

Organizers for 15 Now, a campaign to change the city charter to include a $15 hourly wage.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Last week, Seattle became the first city in the nation to establish a $15 minimum wage for all workers. The framework was established by a panel of business, labor and community leaders, which the City Council passed in record time.

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Stalled Investment
10:07 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Minimum Wage Limbo Keeps Small Business Owners Up At Night

Jody Hall, owner of Cupcake Royale, was an early supporter of the mayor's plan to raise the minimum wage to $15. Now she is having serious second thoughts.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

As the Seattle City Council continues to debate a plan to phase in a $15 minimum wage, and as minimum wage advocates gather signatures to put an even stronger measure on the November ballot, businesses in the city are finding themselves in an uncomfortable position: in limbo.

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Looking Ahead
12:24 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Among Supporters Of $15 Minimum Wage, Some Trepidation

The Downtown Emergency Services Center operates an emergency shelter for homeless people, along with permanent housing, at The Morrison Building in Seattle's Pioneer Square
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Non-profit human service providers Wednesday voiced concerns on Wednesday about a proposed plan to raise the minimum wage in Seattle to $15 an hour.

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Active Search Ends
8:02 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Detour Around Oso Mudslide Opens To Reconnect Darrington, I-5 Corridor

Jeannine Carr serves lunch at Rhodes River Ranch, one of the few open businesses in Oso, to Martha Lu Nunn and Kathleen Rhodes (no relation) of FEMA.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The end of the large-scale recovery operation at the site of the Oso mudslide means that a road around the slide zone, once reserved for emergency vehicles, will be open for traffic.

State transportation officials opened the new detour, a primitive gravel road on Seattle City Light property, Monday night for local traffic.

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Fatal Mudslide
12:31 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Active Search Efforts End In Oso Mudslide

Messages of support hang inside the Oso Fire Department.
Flickr Photo/Snohomish County (CC-BY-NC-ND)

This morning, Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary announced the end of active search operations at the site of the March 22 mudslide near Oso, Wash.

Trenary said it was a difficult decision to make and relied on “a little bit of soul searching and a lot of information from the scene.”

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