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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Candidate Read 'N Greet
11:36 am
Wed June 19, 2013

By Popular Demand: More Peter Steinbrueck Reading Aloud

Former city councilmember and candidate for Seattle mayor Peter Steinbrueck
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

We've gotten a bit of feedback about our story yesterday on the Read 'N Greet event at the Seattle Public Library.

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Seattle Mayor's Race 2013
2:43 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Candidates For Seattle Mayor Show Their Bookish Side

Seattle mayoral candidate Mary Martin shows her selection of books at the candidates' "Read 'N Greet" event at the Seattle Public Library
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

What can you tell about a person from the books he or she loves to read? A lot, according to Maggie Taylor, Board President of Friends of the Seattle Public Library.

Taylor invited the city's mayoral candidates to choose a passage from a favorite book and then read it aloud. Eight of the candidates accepted the challenge. They read their selections last night at the Central Library downtown.

The aim of the event was to give voters some insight into the candidates, said Taylor.

How well do you know the candidates for Seattle mayor? See if you can match up the candidates with their favorite books. 

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Seattle Mayors Race 2013
8:57 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Seattle Mayoral Hopefuls Still Cloaked In "Invisible Primary"

Campaign worker puts up signs at 46th District Democrats endorsement meeting
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The August primary election is only about two months away, but you might not even know it. The Seattle mayor’s race, which involves nine candidates, has yet to hit the front pages. Ask any random people on the street, and chances are they aren't even aware that a race is underway.

The candidates have been hard at work on the campaign trail,  but much of what they have been doing is not immediately obvious.

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Patent Battles
5:26 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Bellevue-Based Intellectual Ventures Now Targeting Financial Firms

Intellectual Ventures co-founder Nathan Myhrvold giving a TED Talk in 2010.
Flickr Photo/Red Maxwell

After numerous high-profile lawsuits against tech companies, a Bellevue-based patent company is now setting its sights on the financial industry.

On Tuesday, Intellectual Ventures announced it has filed lawsuits against two banks, JP Morgan Chase and Fifth Third Bank, for patent infringement. This is Intellectual Ventures’ second round of lawsuits targeting financial firms in the past week. On May 29, the company filed suit against First National Bank of Omaha and PNC.

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DNA Testing
8:52 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Supreme Court Decision Revives Washington State Debate Over DNA Collection

US Supreme Court Building
flickr/afagen

A legislator in Washington state says she will revive a bill that would make it easier for police to collect DNA samples. That’s in the wake of a US Supreme Court ruling Monday. The five-to-four ruling upheld a Maryland law that allows police to collect DNA samples at the time of arrest from people who are charged with certain violent crimes or sex offenses.

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Seattle Mayor's Race
4:14 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Mayor McGinn Appoints Rival’s Partner to City Advisory Committee

Mayoral hopeful Ed Murray and partner Michael Shiosaki
Courtesy Ed Murray For Mayor

Here’s one for the “Seattle is such a small world” file:

State Sen. Ed Murray has been hitting the campaign trail of late in his effort to oust Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn.

But McGinn has just recognized Murray’s long-time partner, Michael Shiosaki, with an executive appointment to the city’s Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee.

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Seattle Mayor's Race
9:54 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Democratic Party Activists Weigh In On Seattle Mayor's Race

Members of the 46th District Democrats voting to endorse candidates for Seattle mayor
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Democratic activists in the city of Seattle last night began picking favorites in the Seattle mayoral election. Incumbent mayor Mike McGinn didn’t make their list.

The 46th District Democrats was the first local party organization to endorse in the race. The 46th Legislative District includes parts of north Seattle, Shoreline, and Kenmore.

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NBA Rejects Bid For Kings
9:48 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Sonics Fans Upset, But Still Hopeful

Kiley Sullivan with the band Kore Ionz performing in Sonics gear. His hat shows the word “robbed” on top of a basketball net.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The Sacramento Kings will stay in Sacramento. NBA owners met in Dallas Wednesday and overwhelmingly rejected an effort by investor Chris Hansen to move the team to Seattle.

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Seattle Mayor's Race
9:30 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Pocket Guide To The Seattle Mayor's Race

Architect and former Seattle City Councilmember Peter Steinbrueck at the "Super South Seattle Mayor's Forum"
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

UPDATE: 5/21/13, 3:50 p.m. PT

The list of candidates running for Seattle mayor is now finalized, and despite the withdrawal of one high-profile contender, the field has gotten even more crowded.

In an eleventh hour surprise, City Councilmember Tim Burgess, the leading fundraiser in the race, announced he was dropping out.

At the same time, two relatively unknown candidates entered the field, bringing the total number of mayoral hopefuls to nine.

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Seattle Police Reform
7:34 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Seattle Police Loosen Rules For New Recruits

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, with former state rep. Kip Tokuda, announces new police hiring policies
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The Seattle Police Department is preparing to hire more than 300 new officers in the next five years, and it wants to do things differently.

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Seattle Politics
3:46 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Eight Candidates Vie To Be Seattle's Next Mayor

The 2013 Seattle mayor’s race is off and running and last night was the first big mayoral forum of the campaign season. All eight candidates appeared before a packed room at Seattle Central Community College and KUOW's Deborah Wang was in attendance. Ross Reynolds sat down with Deborah to talk about who is in the race and the dreams that pushed them to run.

Fireworks Back On
7:19 am
Wed April 24, 2013

New Team Saves Seattle's July 4th Celebration

Seattle's July 4th celebration over Lake Union
Flickr Photo/luisar

Seattle’s July 4th fireworks are scheduled to go ahead after all. City leaders announced yesterday they’ve secured enough corporate sponsors to stage the event on Lake Union this summer.

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Seattle Budget Surplus
7:15 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Good News Seattle, City Budget Back In The Black

Seattle's skyline
Flickr Photo/bryce_edwards

Budget officials in the city of Seattle delivered some good news yesterday. For the first time since the financial crisis, the city is forecasting a budget surplus.

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Starbucks Campaign Cash
7:29 am
Wed March 20, 2013

UPDATE: Starbucks Shareholders Want Ban On Political Contributions

Starbucks shareholder Bruce Herbert lobbies for a proposal that would prohibit Starbucks from contributing to political campaigns.
KUOW/Deborah Wang

Story last updated by Phyllis Fletcher on March 20, 2013 at 1:50 p.m.

Starbucks holds its annual shareholders’ meeting Wednesday in Seattle. On the agenda: a proposal from a group of investors that’s meant to limit the company’s involvement in elections.

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Path To Police Reform
9:02 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Federal Judge Approves Seattle Police Reform Plan

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A federal judge gave the green light yesterday to a wide-ranging reform plan for the Seattle Police Department. The plan is meant to address a 2011 finding by the US Justice Department that Seattle police had engaged in an unconstitutional pattern and practice of excessive use of force.

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