Jenna Montgomery

Director, Digital Media

Jenna Montgomery is a Seattle native with over 10 years' experience writing and designing for the Web. She also has a love for paper, having pursued two degrees in printmaking. Her prints have been in several shows, including one jurored by the Whitney's David Kiehl, and she has held artist residencies in Seattle and Carson City, Nevada.

While at the University of Iowa, Jenna built and managed websites for the Center for the Book, Health Sciences Library and the graduate student union. She came to KUOW in 2006 from Kagedo Japanese Art where she managed the gallery, studio photography, traveling exhibits and website for four years. In 2007, Jenna became the director of digital media at KUOW, a new position within the organization.

Jenna lives near Lake Washington with a cat, a toddler and a photographer.


Geeks, Indeed
8:30 am
Fri December 20, 2013

KUOW's Word Of The Year Is Astrobiology (You Picked It, Not Us)

Credit Twitter Photo/AstrobiologyNAI

Forget selfies, geeks and science. The word of the year is astrobiology.

According to’s web trends, a search for the term "astrobiology" was the way many of you found your way to our website.*

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Drivers Ed
3:51 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Seattleites: Do You Know How To Drive On Ice And Snow?

The Oatmeal: Every time it snows in a big city, everyone has the exact same conversation.
Credit The Oatmeal/Matthew Inman

Every winter, Seattleites return to a hotly debated topic: Do we know how to drive in ice and snow? My coworkers are all complaining about Seattle drivers as I type, in fact — even those from the Northwest originally. So here are a few tips I gleaned from watching way too many YouTube videos.

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4:12 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Hunger In The Valley Of Plenty

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Sometimes, the people picking our food can't access healthy food, or enough, for themselves. From KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting comes this piece on poverty.
Part 1 of 4 in "Hunger in the Valley of Plenty," a series by KQED and the Center for Investigative Reporting. Listen to the radio series on The California Report Thursday and Friday and watch the full special Friday on KQED 9. Full schedule. By Sasha Khokha Video: Hungry in Raisin City.
12:18 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Bernie Krause's Great Animal Orchestra

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Bernie Krause was an early pioneer of electronic music. Eventually his interests turned to the chorus of the outdoors. He started recording soundscapes and has amassed an extensive collection of nature sounds. Studying those sounds has given him insight into how animals communicate with one another and the origins of music. In this interview with Anne Strainchamps, Krause describes and plays some selections from his unique collection of sounds.
10:09 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Afghanistan's Hamid Karzai Says NATO Caused Great Suffering

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President Hamid Karzai has criticized NATO for failing to bring stability to Afghanistan in over a decade there. He is also in no hurry to sign a security agreement with the US, stating, "If the agreement doesn't suit us then of course they can leave. The agreement has to suit Afghanistan's interests and purposes."
President Hamid Karzai has criticised Nato for failing to bring stability to Afghanistan in over a decade there. "On the security front the entire Nato exercise was one that caused Afghanistan a lot of suffering, a lot of loss of life, and no gains because the country is not secure," he said.
11:58 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Wild Salmon: Are Their Best Days All Behind Them?

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The one millionth salmon passed over the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River this month. And the fall Chinook numbers are the highest they've been since counts began in 1938. But 80 percent of those are hatchery fish. Chinook still face extinction, and only 1 of 22 populations has increased in the past five years. Wild salmon have not recovered so well. So what's holding them back?
Chinook salmon returns are setting records on the Columbia this year. But 80 percent are hatchery fish. Thirteen wild salmon populations in the region are listed as endangered and 11 are threatened. The latest threat, warming waters, comes on top of the longstanding dangers of hydropower for salmon.
9:11 am
Fri September 27, 2013

WNBA Players Receive Double Technicals For Kissing

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In sports, male and female opponents have solved their differences in a variety of innocuous ways. There are butt taps, head pats, hugs, fist bumps, and now there’s a friendly cheek peck. Well, not so friendly according to last night's referee.
There is no kissing in basketball, apparently. Well, this is new. Diana Taurasi and Seimone Augustus were defending each other during Thursday night's WNBA conference finals game between the Minnesota Lynx and the Phoenix Mercury. As the commentators note, Taurasi and Augustus have known each other for a very long time and there is genuine affection to complement the competition.
10:20 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Syrian Refugees Wear Out Their Welcome

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The United Nations estimates that each day, 5,000 Syrians flee their homeland for neighboring countries. But some Syrian refugees are now wearing out their welcome. And the reasons are simple economics.
Egypt once gave a warm welcome to Syrians fleeing the country's civil war but as more have come the welcome is wearing thin.
9:29 am
Thu September 26, 2013

What Did The Tech CEO Say To The Worker He Wanted To Automate?

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Worker strikes are in the air these days, it seems. Many of them involve the lowest paid workers in our cities. That brings to mind a recent memorable radio moment when a San Francisco transit strike led a tech CEO in San Francisco to complain via social media that transit workers should be automated. Marketplace's Krissy Clark didn't let him off so easily.
A labor dispute in the San Francisco area launched a surprising debate about the future of work in the new economy.
1:46 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

As Illegal Crossings Rise In Texas, A Cat-And-Mouse Game With Border Patrol Intensifies

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Illegal border crossings are way up in some parts of Texas. This story profiles those guarding the border, and those who feel moved to set out water for the border-crossers.
This story takes us to the banks of the Rio Grande river in South Texas. It's where a cat-and-mouse game plays out every night between migrants crossing into the US illegally and the Border Patrol. The game is intensifying. In the past two years, the number of migrants crossing at this part of the US border has doubled.
Seattle Theater
11:47 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Can Seattle Support A Fringe Theater Movement?

Washington Ensemble Theatre playbills from the past decade.
Instagram Photo/TheEnsemble

Seattle’s Fringe Festival starts this week. It features local companies and artists, but the festival is also drawing performers from around the world. 

The great recession hit small arts groups hard; the festival was on hiatus for several years after its 2003 season and returned just last year.  How did Seattle’s fringe community fare?  Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson shares some perspective on the health of local companies with Marcie Sillman.

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10:55 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Internet Sites Provide Gateway For "Private Re-Homing" Of Adopted Children

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An underground market for adopted children in America leads to many children ending up in abusive situations with no protection. Regretful parents offer their adopted children online with no agency oversight in a practice called "private re-homing."
REUTERS/Handout On the day her adoptive parents dropped her at the Eason trailer in Illinois, they snapped this picture inside the couple's kitchen. From left to right, Calvin Eason, Quita Puchalla and Nicole Eason.
10:38 am
Fri September 13, 2013

The Wilderness Not So Unplugged Anymore

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Some hikers are opting to take their cell phones along with them on the trail, for safety reasons or for documenting their adventures. In this interview, one hiker even upgraded his phone while on the trail.
In August, life is supposed to slow down. But in the city, things never seem to let up. So I thought, why not get away from it all? Go out into the woods and hike the Appalachian Trail for a couple days with just my dog Cola for company. Totally unplugged.
6:16 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Clashes Continue In Southern Philippines

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A stand-off between Philippine troops and Muslim rebels has continued for a second day, with reports of civilians being used as "human shields."
A stand-off between Philippine troops and Muslim rebels has entered its second day, with reports of dozens of civilians trapped or held by rebels. At least six people were killed in Monday's violence in Zamboanga city in Mindanao in the south of the country.
Strange Language
12:21 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

From Gravy To Drugs: Ben Zimmer On The Origin Of "Dope"

Flickr Photo/NCinDC

We’ve seen lots of sports scandals in the news over the years that have to do with performance-enhancing drugs, commonly referred to as doping. Dope, from the Dutch word doop, is actually a gravy or a sauce, so how did we go from gravy to drugs? Lexicographer Ben Zimmer gives KUOW's Ross Reynolds the straight dope on dope.

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