Jim Gates

Senior Editor

As Senior Editor Jim edits feature pieces and helps guide staff reporters through their stories. Jim has helped to oversee and develop the investigative reporting efforts of KUOW with the mission to provide in-depth coverage of issues that affect Washington and the Puget Sound Region.

Prior to coming to KUOW, Jim worked as an editor on such national shows as Day to Day and Marketplace.   Jim helped develop and launch Weekend America where he directed the live broadcast and edited feature stories. He started his public radio career as a volunteer at NPR member station KPCC in Los Angeles. Jim kept showing up at the station and eventually they actually started paying him. Jim moved to national programming when he joined the staff of The Savvy Traveler as producer of the interview and listener segments. It was on The Savvy Traveler that Jim first began editing and reporting.

Jim has won numerous awards for his editing work including the 2011 Society of Professional Journalist Sigma Delta Chi Award (co-winner) for Public Service in Radio Journalism for an investigative series about workplace safety, First Place Beat Reporting (co-winner) from the Education Writers Association and Third Place for Health Policy stories from the Association of Healthcare Professionals (co-winner) for a collaboration with The Seattle Times.  The series  investigated health issues facing American soldiers as a result of wearing heavy gear loads into battle.

Local Wonder
7:27 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Is The Seattle Freeze A Real Thing?

Credit KUOW Photo/Daniel Berman

When John Reese moved from northern Illinois to Seattle last year he kept hearing people talking about the Seattle Freeze. So far he hasn’t seen any sign of it. In fact, he says people are nicer here than they are back home.

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A Whale's Wail
5:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Call Of The Sound: Romance Of Foghorns Endures

A Washington state ferry moves through the fog.
Flickr Photo/Steve Johnson

If you live near downtown Seattle, you may have recently heard a long, low horn reverberating through the soupy nighttime air.

It happens every once in a while and has some Seattleites mystified. Where does the sound come from? It is a train? A boat? Last call at a Capitol Hill bar?

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The Big Reset
1:01 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

How The Puget Sound Region Has Emerged From The Recession

Workers at UW's consolidated laundry facility.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Our one hour special, The Big Reset, explores how the Puget Sound region has emerged from the Great Recession.

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Employers Eager To Hire
4:24 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Thousands Show Up At Kent Jobs Fair

Christopher Price (left) and Wilette McClenon-Chanteuse waited in live for several hours to meet with Boeing representatives.
Jim Gates

Despite the drop in Washington’s unemployment rate, many people are still looking for work. More than 3,000 people attended a jobs fair at the ShoWare Center in Kent on Tuesday. Companies had a big presence too. Law enforcement recruiters showed up in force, as did insurance companies and healthcare providers. But the big player was Boeing.  

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Judge Accepts Plea Bargain
2:50 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales Pleads Guilty To Afghan Murders

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales
High Desert Warrior

Correction 6/6/2013: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Staff Sgt. Bales was from Lake Tapps, Ohio.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the American soldier from Lake Tapps, Wash., charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians during night time raids on two villages last year, pleaded guilty Wednesday to avoid the death penalty. The judge, Col. Jeffery Nance has accepted his plea agreement which takes the option of the  death penalty off the table.

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Gay Ban Lifted
5:05 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Washington Delegation Supports Vote To Allow Gay Members Into Scouts

Bronze statue in Hudson Wisconsin commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.
MNKiteman Flickr

For the first time in 22 years, openly gay members will be allowed to join the Boy Scouts. Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America voted 61 percent in favor of eliminating sexual orientation as criteria for youth membership.

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