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Derek Wang

Assignment Editor

Year started with KUOW: 1998.

As KUOW's Assignment Editor, Derek coordinates the news team's daily coverage.

Previously, Derek has been the station's interim news director, the local host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered, a reporter and a producer. Before moving to Seattle, Derek worked at NPR member station WNYC in New York City and CBS News.

Derek has won numerous national and regional journalism awards. He has a bachelor's degree in film from New York University and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He and his wife, Gina, live in Seattle.

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Crowds of homeless people often gather on the sidewalks of downtown Seattle near social-service providers.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is walking away from his proposal for a property tax increase that would generate $275 million over five years for homeless services.

Instead, he’s now joining King County officials in proposing a county-wide sales tax increase of 0.1 percent.

University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

The investigation continues into January's shooting at the University of Washington during a speech by controversial writer Milo Yiannopoulos. One man was injured but as yet, no one has been charged.

Still, University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce is defending her decision to allow the speech to happen. She spoke about it during a recent taping for the Seattle Channel's Civic Cocktail.

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The so-called "missing link" in the Burke-Gilman trail is a step closer to being finished. Seattle officials say they've reached a new agreement with businesses in Ballard that have long opposed the project, in a dispute that has spanned more than two decades.

Danni Askini, the executive director of the Gender Justice League.
Courtesy of Danielle Askini

Washington state won't be directly affected by President Donald Trump's new policy about transgender students.

The administration said Wednesday that states should decide whether trans students should be allowed to use school bathrooms that match their gender identity, reversing guidelines issued by then President Obama.

A new report predicts that rent increases in the Seattle area should slow down next year. The report was produced by Apartment Insights, a company that surveys the rental market. It finds that vacancy rates are increasing and that rents are dropping in the fourth quarter of this year.

The most courteous snowfall ever: Arrived at bedtime, disappearing by morning.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

Snow is blanketing much of western Washington this morning.

Washington Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene
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U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) is proposing legislation that would prohibit the federal government from creating a registry of Muslim Americans.

President-elect Donald Trump voiced support for the idea during the campaign, saying it could help guard against domestic terrorism. And the notion has picked up steam recently after a supporter for Trump suggested that such a registry would be legal.

DelBene sees it differently, and tells KUOW that the idea is disturbing.

Updated 9:25 a.m.

Everett Police are investigating a shooting that happened Wednesday morning half a block away from Everett High School.

Community members light candles for the victims of the Cascade mall shooting
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

As the suspect in a mall shooting in Burlington, Washington appeared in court Monday, the community continued to grieve for the victims. 

Bob Santos (right) and Larry Gossett at a 2015 racial equity conference. Both men were part of the so-called "Gang Of Four" group of civil rights activists.
King County

Condolences are pouring in for the family of longtime Seattle civil rights activist Bob Santos, who died Saturday at the age of 82.

In an interview with KUOW last year, Santos explained that he first felt the need for political activism at a very young age. He had his awakening when he was in first grade, in 1942.

Craig Dupler, retired Boeing engineer
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

100 years ago Friday, Bill Boeing incorporated his airplane company. It would later be known as the Boeing Airplane Company and Washington's largest private employer. KUOW made a visit to the place where it all started.


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Seattle-area public health officials are warning cocaine users about two recent deaths believed to have been caused by a tainted batch of cocaine.


Students have been occupying the Matteo Ricci College offices at Seattle University asking for changes to the humanities curriculum.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

A dean of a college at Seattle University has been placed on administrative leave while university officials review her leadership and management of the college. 

Students have been occupying an office at the university for several weeks calling for the resignation of dean Jodi Kelly. Students began their occupation at Matteo Ricci College last month. 


City of Seattle

A majority of Seattle City council members voted in favor of the legislation and said it will help them meet an increased workload now that most council members represent geographic districts.

The white garbage bags contained human remains. It was found by a resident on the 1600 block of 21st Avenue in Seattle's Central District.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Seattle police are investigating the discovery of suspected human remains – including a foot with toenail polish – found in a recycling bin outside a house in the city's Central Area.

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