Kara McDermott

Web Producer

Kara McDermott is a graduate of the University of Washington where she received a B.A. in English and a certificate in editing. A former intern of the KUOW web department, she brings her experience in fixing web-breaking em dashes to the role of web producer. Kara has worked as a freelance editor and business office manager to develop her skills in web maintenance, marketing and communication.

In 2011, she parlayed her passion for journalism and sport by becoming the women’s soccer editor for Prost Amerika. She covers the top local leagues as well as the US National Team, traveling recently to Portugal for the Algarve Cup and to Vancouver to cover the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Kara has been an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society as event chair for the Green Lake Relay for Life since 2010.

Though now retired from contact sports, Kara continues to play flag football on the weekends and is a member and instructor for the Bollywood Seattle Performers, a local professional dance troupe. She is also an avid ballroom dancer.

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2:27 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Kids In Europe's "Adventure Playgrounds" Allowed To Take Risks

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A tradition in Europe since World War II, "adventure playgrounds" look like junkyards and may be just as dangerous. Adults watch from a distance, making gentle suggestions like "perhaps you might try putting the fire out this way?" The link below will take you to a fascinating radio documentary that calls into questions all our assumptions about childhood risks - and what kids might miss out on when we eliminate all those risks. Warning to parents: this piece may cause you to ache with a vague sense of unease.
July 30th, 2013 | by Erin Davis with help from Viki Merrick Transom is proud to premiere another piece from our Donor Fund-work subsidized by those of YOU who contribute to Transom. Adventure Playgrounds are public spaces for children that encourage managed risk. At a quick glance, they look like junkyards.
First Ballot Drop
8:53 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Elections 2013 Results

KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Below are the results of the Nov. 5 elections. Results are as of 11/5/2013 at 9:21 p.m. Please be aware that due to write-ins, percentages might not add up to 100 percent.

  • Ed Murray: 56%
  • Mike McGinn: 43%

Related Content: KUOW's Coverage Of The Seattle Mayor's Race

Counties Reporting: 39/39

Initiative 517: Concerning Protections For Initiative Signature Gatherers

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1:06 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

The Rise And Fall Of The Cul-De-Sac

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Once a symbol of freedom from the city, now despised amongst urban hipsters. Why have culs-de-sac fallen out of favor? Because they don't work very well, but also because wealth has shifted away from suburbs and into cities.
When people critique cul-de-sacs, a lot of the time, they're actually critiquing the suburbs more generally. The cul-de-sac has become sort of like the mascot of the suburbs- like if suburbia had a flag, it would have a picture of a cul-de-sac on it.
12:20 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

How World Series Pitcher Koji Uehara Communicates Without A Common Language

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English is not necessary if you speak baseball.
He may not speak English fluently, but Koji Uehara doesn't need English to be fluent in the language of baseball. It's as easy as: A, B, C. Or, rather make that: one, two, three. "One finger is a fast ball; sometimes that index finger'll get swirled, that'll mean a two seam fastball; sometimes there'll be a sharp knifing motion, that means cut fastball.
10:11 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Kenya's High Tech Solutions For Low Income Problems

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Kenya had a lot of press coverage during the attack on the Westgate mall last month. The stories revealed deep class divisions in East Africa. Some entrepreneurs from Nairobi's thriving startup economy are using technology to bridge that divide between rich and poor.
The Innovation Trails Ryan Delaney recently returned from a reporting trip to Kenya. This is the first of the stories he filed. You can find the rest of
10:05 am
Wed October 23, 2013

South African National Anthem A Mashup Of Afrikaaner & ANC Anthems

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National anthems often celebrate a country's triumph over its former oppressors, like the US national anthem. But in South Africa, the national anthem very consciously combines the music of the African National Congress with the anthem of Afrikaaner apartheid. Call it reconciliation through mashup.
When South Africa ended apartheid and held free elections nearly 20 years ago, it needed a song that would heal the rift created by segregation. Its choice, the country's new national anthem, is part-hymn, part-march, and all mashup. Instead of rejecting the past, it embraced both parts of it.
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Labor
10:54 am
Tue October 22, 2013

No Strike! 11th Hour Deal Averts Grocery Showdown

Grocery workers gathered at Westlake Center in downtown Seattle to countdown to a strike that was narrowly avoided late Monday.
From the Stand With Our Checkers Facebook page.

With just two hours left on the strike countdown clock, a tentative agreement was reached on Monday night between grocery workers and four major chains: Safeway, Fred Meyer, QFC and Albertson’s.

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Military
9:35 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Student Vets Worry About Tuition Payments Amid Shutdown

University of Washington ROTC's Veterans Day 2012 ceremony.
Courtesy of HUMV/Sarah Koopai

For Tom Jenkins, a senior at the University of Washington and a veteran of the Air Force, the partial government shutdown has caused double stress: He has been furloughed from his part-time job as a reservist, and he may not receive veteran’s benefits.

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12:57 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Crackdown On Rising Extremist Anti-Immigrant Party In Greece

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Golden Dawn party members are on trial today in Greece. Golden Dawn is an anti-immigrant party on the rise there. The government cracked down on the group over the weekend. They're responding to a toxic stew of racism and poverty reminiscent of pre-WW2 Germany.
Four MPs from Greece's far-right Golden Dawn party have been brought to court in Athens to face charges of criminal activity amid a clampdown on the party. Other charges against them include murder, assault and money-laundering. They were arrested over the weekend along with the party's leader and his deputy - both of whom are due to appear in court later this week.
10:29 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Declassification Engine: A Program That Analyzes What The Government Keeps Secret And Why

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At Columbia University in New York, a historian named Mathew Connelly is working with computer scientists and statisticians on a “declassification engine.” It’s a project that will not just archive millions of declassified government documents, but also mine them for hidden patterns that reveal what the US government chooses to keep secret and why. This story was featured in the pilot episode of the new public radio series focusing on investigative journalism called "Reveal."
US-Iran Relations
3:37 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Are Iran And The US Ready For Peace?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses a high-level meeting on Nuclear Disarmament during a United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
AP Photo/Mike Segar

Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. Although he and President Obama didn’t shake hands, the two leaders expressed their desire to open a dialogue.

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1:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

The Invention Of "Jaywalking"

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The show "99% Invisible" explores how the auto industry promoted the word "jaywalking" in order to shift the blame for traffic accidents on irresponsible pedestrians.
On the streets of early 20th Century America, nothing moved faster than 10 miles per hour. Responsible parents would tell their children, "Go outside, and play in the streets. All day." And then the automobile happened. And then automobiles began killing thousands of children, every year.
Emerging From Recession
10:56 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Luke Timmerman On Finding Biotech Work

Flickr Photo/World Bank Photo Collection

The biotech industry took a big hit during the recession, and it can still be difficult in this area to find and keep work in that field. But for those looking to enter the industry there are a few things you should keep in mind. Luke Timmerman, the national biotech editor at Xconomy, an online business and technology blog, explains what you should consider before taking a job in biotech and the challenges of the industry.

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9:13 am
Tue September 24, 2013

South Africa's Craze For Heroin-Marijuana Cocktail

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Nyaope is a whitish powder - low-grade heroin mixed with ingredients such as rat poison and sometimes even crushed-up medicine for people with HIV. Sprinkled on top of marijuana, it is a highly addictive, life-wrecking cocktail.
In an open space near the railway in the South African township of Soweto, several young men and women in their early twenties are smoking nyaope, a new drug cocktail. Some look like the walking dead they are so stoned. "I was studying but then I quit because of the drugs.
Controversy And Competition
10:46 am
Tue September 17, 2013

There She Is: The History Of Miss America

The newly crowned Miss America, Nina Davuluri, who received her title on September 15.
AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Last Sunday Miss New York Nina Davuluri, 24, was crowned Miss America. She is the first winner of Indian descent and proudly displayed her heritage with a classical Bollywood fusion dance as her talent.

Controversy followed the coronation, as Twitter exploded with racist remarks condemning her victory. The online viewer poll favored Miss Kansas: the blonde soldier with the "Serenity Prayer" down her side.

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