Derek Wang

Assignment Editor

Derek Wang's public radio career spans almost two decades. As KUOW's Assignment Editor, he leads the news reporting team in daily news coverage.

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

As a transplant from New Jersey, he’s a huge fan of the New Jersey Devils and their multiple Stanley Cup titles; partly because Derek loves the neutral zone trap and a good forecheck. But also because displaced New Jerseyans need to be proud of something "to wash away the shame of being from New Jersey", according to Derek.

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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Car Services
8:58 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Mayor Murray Announces New Rideshare Compromise

Rideshare company Lyft drivers are distinguished by their iconic pink mustache.
Flickr Photo/urbanists (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has announced a new way forward for car services.

Murray said a new agreement has been reached that does not cap the number of people who drive for Uber X, Lyft and other similar rideshare companies.

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Public Safety
1:24 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

EPA Cleans Up 'Chemical House' In Seattle's Green Lake Neighborhood

Containers were found inside and outside the house.
EPA Photo

The Environmental Protection Agency is working to remove hundreds of containers of hazardous chemicals from a Craftsman home in Seattle's Green Lake neighborhood.

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Disabilities
9:04 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Biggest Needs, Biggest Gaps In Services For Kids Adoped From Foster System

Children with the biggest needs face the biggest gaps in services, according to a new report about children adopted from the state's foster care system.

The findings were released Monday by the Washington state auditor's office.

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North Korea
2:02 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Obama: Kenneth Bae Deserves To Be Free

Kenneth Bae, right, an American man detained in North Korea since Nov. 2012, and his mother Myunghee Bae were able to meet at a Pyongyang hospital last October.
AP Photo/The Choson Sinbo, Mun Kwang Son

President Obama said Thursday the United States is still trying to win the release of former Lynnwood, Wash., resident Kenneth Bae from North Korea.

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North Korea Prisoner
1:34 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Kenneth Bae And Mom Embrace In Tearful North Korea Hospital Reunion

Kenneth Bae, right, an American man detained in North Korea for the past 11 months, and his mother Myunghee Bae met at the Pyongyang hospital where Bae has been receiving care.
Credit AP Photo/The Choson Sinbo, Mun Kwang Son

When Myunghee Bae stepped into the hospital room in North Korea on Friday, she wept as she embraced her son.

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Raising The Minimum Wage
9:28 am
Fri July 26, 2013

SeaTac City Council Signs Off On “Good Jobs Initiative"

A food court at Sea-Tac airport. The initiative would cover about 6,500 workers, including those who work at airport restaurants.
Flickr Photo/Matt Biddolph

People in the City of SeaTac could vote this November on an initiative that would create a $15 an hour hour minimum wage for thousands of workers at Sea-Tac airport and other places. The so-called “Good Jobs Initiative” would apply to about 6,500 workers in transportation and hospitality jobs in the City of SeaTac. Tuesday night, the SeaTac City Council decided to allow the measure to go before voters.

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Threats To Infrastructure
8:31 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Bridges In Washington Suffer Repeated Hits

The southbound Highway 101-Simpson Avenue bridge between Hoquiam and Aberdeen is one of the most hit bridges in Washington, and it is also considered fracture-critical.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

There are more than 200 bridges in Washington that could collapse if a key part fails. They’re classified as being fracture-critical, just like the Interstate 5 span that plummeted into the Skagit River in May after it was hit by an oversized load. Out of those fracture-critical bridges, at least three others have been struck multiple times in the past five years. Experts say repeated bridge strikes can potentially cause catastrophic problems.

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Paying To Drive
4:21 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Bridge Toll Rate Hike Takes Effect

A former toll booth on I-90 in 1940.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

New toll rates for the Highway 520 floating bridge and the Tacoma Narrows Bridge take effect July 1. The increase is the latest toll hike and has been part of the plan since the tolls were put on the bridges.

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A Day In The Life Of New Rights
7:42 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Seattle Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Celebrate DOMA Ruling

Janet Saul, Becky Shaw and their daughter Zoe, after their wedding ceremony.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

Same-sex couples around the Seattle area celebrated Wednesday’s historic ruling from the US Supreme Court that struck down some bans on gay marriage. The ruling spurred some couples to think about making wedding plans, now that they would receive new federal benefits. Others were inspired to apply for a marriage license, or even get married on the historic day. For many, Wednesday started out as a day of anticipation and anxiety and ended as a day of elation.

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Complexities Of Driving A Big Rig
8:45 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Truck Driving School Ride Along

Instructor Randy Dean and student Sarah Purrington.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

It’s been about a month since a truck hauling an oversized load struck an I-5 bridge and sent it plunging into the Skagit River. Truckers have a tough job navigating infrastructure challenges such as obsolete bridges and increasingly congested highways. To learn more about the challenges, KUOW’s Derek Wang went to trucking school.

Failed Bridges In Washington

The I-5 Skagit River bridge collapse is just one of a number of major bridge failures in Washington's history. Washington is home to four of the nation's 11 floating bridges, two of which have sunk.

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I-5 Bridge Collapse
5:19 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

NTSB Releases Preliminary Report On The Skagit River Bridge Collapse

A visualization of the temporary fix for the I-5 bridge.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

Federal investigators released a preliminary report Tuesday about last month’s I-5 bridge collapse over the Skagit River. The report says the driver of the truck that struck the bridge before it fell had moved over closer to the edge of the bridge because of a passing truck.

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Fixing The Collapsed Bridge
2:19 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Temporary Replacement For I-5 Skagit Bridge On Track

Northeast view of the temporary bridge span
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

The effort to replace the I-5 bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River last month has hit a milestone. On Monday, workers installed the framework for part of a temporary replacement that will eventually support the bridge’s north-bound lanes. There will be a second span to handle south-bound traffic.

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Effects From Unregulated Transportation
4:23 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Ride Sharing Creates Turmoil For Car Service Businesses

A Lyft dispatched car, equipped with the trademark moustache.
Lyft

You may have seen cars driving around the Seattle area with oversized, hot pink moustaches on their front grills. Those moustaches are trademarks for a new car service company called Lyft, one of several ride-sharing services now operating in the city. Think of them like Airbnb, but with a car and a driver. Lyft, Uber X and Sidecar allow laypeople to use their own cars and act as cabbies. The services are expanding in Seattle, and they’re drawing increased scrutiny from the cab industry, as well as from regulators and policymakers. Some officials say the businesses are illegal.

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Aging Bridge Concerns
8:58 am
Tue June 4, 2013

King County Plans To Close Kent Bridge Earlier Than Scheduled

King County Executive Dow Constantine (left) accompanies inspectors during a recent review of the Alvord T. Bridge
King County

Correction 6/4/2013: A previous version of this story had a typographical error. The bridge is scheduled to be closed June 5, not June 6.

King County plans to close an old bridge near Kent earlier than originally scheduled, officials said Monday.

The Alvord T. Bridge is both structurally deficient and functionally obsolete. It’s the first such closure since last month’s I-5 bridge collapse in Skagit County.

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Building More Transit
4:02 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

New Details For Seattle Streetcar Expansion

A streetcar in South Lake Union.
Flickr Photo/Kosmosxipo

New streetcars might be running through downtown Seattle in a few years, under a plan announced Monday by Mayor Mike McGinn. The new route would be a link between the existing streetcar route in  South Lake Union, and the one under construction that will serve Capitol Hill, First Hill and Pioneer Square.

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