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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Bridge Collapse
1:54 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

"Mom, The Bridge Collapsed"

The Interstate 5 bridge about an hour after the collapse over Skagit River Thursday night.
Credit Harley Soltes

A parade of people who live and work near the collapsed bridge in Mt. Vernon continued to visit the scene today to get a first-hand look at the damage, snap photos and swap news about the accident.

“I’m scared to drive over other bridges,” said Jerry Olmstead, who works in Mt. Vernon and crosses this bridge several times a week. “What if another bridge in Washington goes?”

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Unregulated Transportation Services
10:58 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Professional Drivers Speak Out Against App-Based Car Services

Cabs lined up in Queen Anne.
Flickr Photo/Tim Dorr

Cab drivers spoke out against new app-based car services during a Seattle City Council meeting Thursday. Companies such as Uber, SideCar and Lyft offer smartphone apps that allow users to book a ride by the touch of a button. Those business operations are mostly unregulated, and their presence in Seattle has led to questions about whether the companies are legal.

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Closing Roads To Build New Ones
1:20 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

The West Side Of The Mercer Mess Ramps Up

Aerial view of the Mercer Street project
Flickr Photo/SDOT Photo

Driving around Seattle this weekend will be trickier than normal. The Seattle Department Of Transportation plans to close parts of Aurora and Mercer Street around South Lake Union as part of the effort to convert Mercer into a two-way street. The city's now focusing on the Mercer West project, the section of Mercer between Dexter Avenue and West Fifth Avenue.

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New Fines For Motorists
3:05 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Bike To Work Day Is Friday, Drive Carefully

Seattle Cyclists Brave The Rain on Bike To Work Day 2010
Flickr Photo/don_brubeck

National Bike to Work Day is May 17. That means lots more cyclists on the roads. Washington drivers should be even more careful, not only for safety reasons, but also because of a recent change to Washington state law.

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Transit Investigation
9:43 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Fatal Sound Transit Bus Crash In Kirkland

A Sound Transit commuter bus similar to the one involved in the fatal crash
Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy

Investigators said they don’t yet know the exact cause of Tuesday night’s fatal crash between a Sound Transit bus and an SUV in Kirkland. Two people in the SUV died. Investigators are looking into whether the bus’ brakes malfunctioned.

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Mercer Messiness
5:55 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

City Officials Announce More Details About Mercer West Project

Aerial view of the Mercer Corridor project
Flickr Photo/SDOT

Get ready for more traffic congestion around Seattle’s South Lake Union area. The city’s transportation department announced new details Tuesday about its effort to re-make Mercer Street.

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First Cycling Death in 2013
7:27 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Cyclist Killed In Seattle On First Day of Bike To Work Month

A "ghost bike" memorial to remember unidentified cyclists and pedestrians killed in collisions.
Flickr Photo/Salim Virji

For the first time this year, a cyclist was killed in Seattle. It happened Wednesday in a fatal collision involving a bike and a semi truck. Wednesday was also the first day of National Bike To Work Month.

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Final Decision Expected Soon
2:52 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

NBA Panel: Kings Should Stay In Sacramento

Sacramento Kings fan Gloria Bailey holds a sign campaigning to keep the team in Sacramento, Calif., as she stands in line before an NBA basketball game between the Kings and the Los Angeles Clippers, Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
AP Photo/Steve Yeater

Correction: An earlier version of this story inaccurately said the NBA’s Relocation Committee is made up 12 owners, including Clay Bennett. The committee is made up of seven members and includes Clay Bennett.

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Making Streets Safe
6:55 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Wedgwood Fatal Collision Highlights Pedestrian Safety Concerns

The Memorial At Northeast 75th Street and 33rd Avenue Northeast
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

It’s been one month since a fatal car crash in Seattle’s Wedgwood neighborhood killed two pedestrians near Eckstein Middle School. The collision also severely injured two people, including an infant, who was 10-days-old at the time.

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State Route 99 Tunnel Megaproject
7:38 am
Wed April 3, 2013

The Tradition Of Naming Tunneling Machines

Bertha, on board the Fairpartner, in Elliot Bay
Bow Jones

Bertha is here. The world’s largest tunnel boring machine arrived in Seattle Tuesday after being shipped from Japan. It’s expected to reach land sometime this week. After that, in a few months, it will get to work drilling the tunnel that will replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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Looming Bus Cuts
4:56 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

King County Metro Could Cancel Nearly 30 Percent Of Bus Routes

A King County Metro Bus In Downton Seattle
Flickr photo/Zolk

King County Metro released more details Monday about possible cuts to bus service next year. The agency says almost a third of its routes might be eliminated.

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Four-Hour Commute
6:48 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Pierce Transit Cuts Raise Concerns For Blind Rider

Buddy Yates and his guide dog Palmer wait for the bus.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

It’s 3:00 p.m. on a recent workday, and Buddy Yates sets off on the first leg of his long commute home. He and his guide dog, Palmer, step through the fast-food containers that litter the street on the way to Rainier Avenue South where he will catch his first bus.

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Finding A Home For Waste
6:11 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Seattle Compost Is A Hot Potato

Compost pile
Flickr Photo/Meaduva

Seattle city council members are scheduled to vote Monday on legislation that could change where the city's food and yard waste ends up. But the latest plan is raising a stink east of the Cascades.

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Paying To Drive
2:25 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Toll Plan Cheat Sheet

Drivers who decide to pay tolls on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge with cash or credit card must use the cash-only lanes and stop at the toll plaza.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT

Washington state officials announced proposals on Tuesday to increase the toll rates on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the State Route 520 floating bridge. The tolls are being used to pay off bonds that support the financing of the bridge projects. The bond contracts for those bridges are very different, which means the tolling plans are different.

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Politics Of The Port
7:24 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Daughter Of Former Washington Governor Tapped As New Port Commissioner

Courtney Gregoire, the new Port of Seattle commissioner.
Photo Courtesy/Port of Seattle

The newest Port of Seattle commissioner should be a familiar name to anyone who follows Washington state politics. She’s 33-year-old Courtney Gregoire, daughter of former Washington Governor Chris Gregoire.

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