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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Legislature
3:11 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Democrats Choose Rep. Jaime Pedersen To Replace Sen. Ed Murray

Rep. Jamie Pedersen speaks before party activists in the 43rd District.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

UPDATE 12/03/13 10 p.m. PT:

As expected, Democratic Party activists chose state Rep. Jamie Pedersen to replace Ed Murray in the state Senate.

Pedersen was the only candidate in the running. He vowed to work to regain the Democratic majority in the Senate and to find new revenue for essential programs.

Pedersen's move to the Senate put his House seat up for grabs.

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JFK Remembered
1:43 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Seattle Historian: JFK Rose 'Above Our Cynicism'

Knute Berger, a Seattle historian and columnist, remembers John F. Kennedy in an interview with Deborah Wang.
Credit Crosscut Photo

Local historian Knute Berger was just a kid when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Berger's parents were Republicans -- they hadn't voted for Kennedy. But for Berger, Kennedy was a kind of hero.

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On The Waterfront
4:47 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Seattle Waterfront Braces For Replacement Of Crumbling Seawall

Workers close off parking areas beneath the Alaskan Way Viaduct in downtown Seattle in preparation for seawall construction
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Construction begins this month on the long-anticipated plan to replace Seattle’s crumbling downtown seawall.

Waterfront businesses are bracing for what is likely to be three years of disruptions from the $290 million project, which was approved by voters last year.

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Elections Results
8:22 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

McGinn Ousted: Ed Murray Leads With 56 Percent

Seattle mayoral candidate state Sen. Ed Murray, right, pauses while his husband, Michael Shiosaki, teases him after supporters called out Shiosaki's name at an election night party on Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

State Sen. Ed Murray appeared to be winning the Seattle mayoral race on Tuesday night, with 56 percent of the votes. Mayor Mike McGinn trailed with 43 percent.

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Elections 2013
3:23 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Activist Democrats Support Socialist Candidate Kshama Sawant

City Council candidate Kshama Sawant, a member of the Socialist Alternative Party, with Democratic Party supporters Daniel Norton and Jeanne Legault
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

A self-declared Socialist candidate for Seattle City Council is making waves among the city’s Democratic Party establishment.

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Final Countdown
7:57 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Seattle Mayor’s Race Now Comes Down To The 'Ground Game'

Volunteer Gordon Myers and his dog, Skipper, prepare to canvas for Ed Murray
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

It’s down to the wire in the hotly contested Seattle mayor’s race.

With the public debates and forums now largely over, the campaigns have shifted to what is called the “ground game”—phone calling, doorbelling, sign waving.

Volunteers for incumbent Mayor Mike McGinn have knocked on more than 20,000 doors and made more than 150,000 phone calls so far, according to the campaign. Even though the mayor is behind in recent polls, the campaign has long claimed that it runs the superior field operation, and will make up the difference in the final days of the election.

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Budget Talks
10:34 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Sen. Patty Murray Vows To Protect Programs For Poor In Budget Talks

US Senator Patty Murray at a press conference at Seattle Jewish Service
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

US Senator Patty Murray made her budget priorities clear at a Seattle food bank on Wednesday: She wants to preserve federal programs that affect the poor, such as Head Start, federal housing assistance and food stamps.

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Seattle Mayor's Race Poll
4:04 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Two New Polls Tell Differing Stories About Seattle Mayor’s Race

Mayor Mike McGinn and State Senator Ed Murray debating at a Ballard Chamber of Commerce luncheon last month
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Two new polls in the Seattle mayor’s race show State Senator Ed Murray leading incumbent mayor Mike McGinn.

But the polls,which came out Monday, differ on the extent of Murray’s lead.

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Elections 2013
8:48 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Ed Murray Supporters Launch TV Ad Wars In Seattle Mayor's Race

Mayor McGinn and women's advocates spoke out on Thursday against the "deceptive" TV ads.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The TV ad wars have begun in the Seattle mayor’s race.

This week, supporters of state Senator Ed Murray are running an ad that has some women’s advocates up in arms.

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Elections 2013
5:20 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Poll: Seattle Mayor McGinn Still Far Behind Challenger Murray

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and state Senator Ed Murray at a recent campaign forum.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

A new poll is out in the Seattle mayor’s race, and it doesn’t bode well for the incumbent.

The SurveyUSA poll, commissioned by Seattle TV station King 5, was conducted just after the first televised debate between Mayor Mike McGinn and state Senator Ed Murray last week.

Of the 557 likely voters reached by phone, 52 percent said they would vote for Murray if the election were held today, 32 percent said they would vote for McGinn.

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Elections 2013
8:57 am
Thu October 10, 2013

McGinn, Murray Revive Tunnel Feud In TV Debate

Screen shot of Mayor Mike McGinn and State Senator Ed Murray in their first televised debate of the Seattle mayor's race

In their first televised debate on KING5 TV, Mayor Mike McGinn and State Senator Ed Murray engaged in a sharp but mostly civil exchange over housing, transportation, and police reform, among other things. 

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Government Shutdown
4:11 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Unemployed In Washington State? The Government Shutdown May Affect You

Flickr Photo/Steve Rhodes

People who receive unemployment benefits in the state of Washington might be affected by the federal government’s shutdown.

The state’s Employment Security Department processes unemployment claims, and its staff is largely paid by federal dollars.

On Tuesday, the department mailed temporary layoff notices to roughly 1,700 staff members.

According to Communications Director Sheryl Hutchison, the agency has enough money to keep running through the week, but it’s not clear what will happen if the shutdown continues past Friday.

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Software Engineer Shortage
9:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Competition For Tech Talent Heats Up In Seattle Area

A conference room at Groupon’s new Seattle engineering office. The company opened what it thought would be a small engineering office in Seattle last spring. Now with 130 employees, Groupon is looking for additional office space.
KUOW Photo/Jake Warga

Technology companies have been among the bright spots for job growth in the region. They are hiring a lot of one particular kind of employee—software engineers. Those are the people who design, develop and test systems and software.

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Seattle Budget
8:46 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Seattle Mayor Proposes Spending Increases In 2014 Budget

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn delivering his 2014 budget address in Seattle City Council chambers.
Flickr Photo/Mayor McGinn

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn presented his 2014 budget proposal yesterday. In a speech before the Seattle City Council, he outlined a plan to boost spending for a host of government programs — from police staffing to universal preschool.

McGinn said the city is in a position to spend more because tax revenues are coming in stronger than expected. “Construction remains strong, our sales tax and real estate excise tax are exceeding forecasts," he said. "That means we can make new investments in our people and our infrastructure.”

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Homeless Resource Fair
8:39 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Seattle Center Plays Host To 1,400 Homeless Guests

Volunteer Anne Walton clips Calvin Smith's toenails at the United Way's Resource Exchange for the homeless at Seattle Center.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

More than 1,400 homeless individuals descended on Seattle Center Tuesday to take part in a one-day resource fair put on by United Way of King County.

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