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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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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Underwater Mortgages
9:19 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Foreclosure Crisis? Seattle's Numbers Don't Add Up

Distressed homeowners and housing advocates testify before the Seattle City Council.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

A correction and  further information on the story 9/14/2013:

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Seattle Mayor's Race 2013
8:54 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Mike McGinn Takes Aim At Opponent's Legislative Record

Mayor Mike McGinn officially launches his fall campaign in Ballard
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn officially launched his fall campaign Monday with a series of new attacks against his opponent, state Senator Ed Murray.

Standing before a sea of supporters on a street corner in Ballard, McGinn outlined the accomplishments of his first four years and took aim at Murray’s legislative record in Olympia.

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Elections 2013
7:55 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Seattle Mayor's Race Down To McGinn And Murray, Steinbrueck Concedes

Ed Murray with his partner Michael Shiosaki on stage at the Crocodile after his speech to supporters.
KUOW Photo/Carlos Nieto

UPDATE: 8/7/13, 1:13 p.m. PT

Peter Steinbrueck, who was trailing Ed Murray and Mike McGinn in the Seattle mayor’s primary this morning, spoke with KUOW’s Marcie Sillman on Weekday today and conceded the race.

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Mayor's Race 2013
1:58 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Seattle Mayor's Race Debate Features Eight Candidates Ahead Of Primary

Audience members voting during the lightening round at Tuesday night's CityClub debate.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The Downtown District Council of Seattle and KCTS 9 hosted the Seattle mayoral candidates for a live debate ahead of the August 6 primary last night. The first hour of the debate was televised and simulcast on KUOW.

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Mayor's Race 2013
10:13 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Tempers Flare In Seattle Mayor's Race

Mayoral candidate Ed Murray in a skit featuring cross-dressing "campaign consultants" during Candidate Survivor Night
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

As the August 6 primary draws near, the Seattle mayor’s race is heating up.

Candidates are now engaged in almost daily debates and forums, and some are getting testy.

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