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Kate Walters

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Year started with KUOW: 2015

Kate is a daily news reporter at KUOW. Originally from Australia, Kate studied journalism at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology before coming to work in public radio. Kate began her career as a reporter with WXXI Public Radio in Rochester, NY, where she worked as part of a Local Journalism Center (LJC) called the Innovation Trail. At KUOW, she started as a producer on The Record before joining the news desk.

Homeless RV
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Homeless people living in cars and RVs on Seattle streets may soon be exempt from some penalties for parking violations.

A new draft ordinance, unveiled by City Councilmember Mike O’Brien Thursday, aims to reduce ticketing and towing for vehicles that double as homes.

Delvonn Heckard's legal team: Julie Kays, left, and Lincoln Beauregard.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Earlier this year, a man named Delvonn Heckard filed a lawsuit claiming he was repeatedly raped by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in the mid-1980s, when he was a teenager.

Heckard later withdrew the suit.

File: Magnuson Park movie night, 2015.
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If you were hoping to make it to movie night at Magnuson Park in the next few weeks, you're out of luck.

The outdoor movie series has been canceled part way through the season.

Registered nurse Sammy Mullally holds a tray of supplies to be used by a drug addict at the Insite safe injection clinic in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday May 11, 2011.
AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck

Plans to open safe consumption sites for drug users in King County may soon be subject to a public vote. 

Opponents say they've collected nearly 70,000 signatures, more than enough to get an initiative banning such sites on the ballot.

A look inside More Hall Annex at the old nuclear reactor
Courtesy of Washington Trust for Historic Preservation/Jennifer Mortensen

The Washington State Supreme Court has put an end to a decades-old debate between the University of Washington and the city of Seattle.

The court ruled Thursday that the UW has to abide by the city's landmark preservation laws.

Police and city staff arrived in the morning of Friday, March 11, 2016 to force out the remaining 16 residents atat the former Nickelsville camp on South Dearborn Street.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Whoever is elected as the next mayor of Seattle will inherit a growing homelessness crisis.

Perhaps the most visible markers of this crisis are the tents that line the freeways and nestle in the city’s green spaces.

Former Mayor Ed Murray at a press conference in the University District in September 2016.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Bill Radke speaks with KUOW reporter Kate Walters about the latest developments in the allegations that Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sexually abused his foster son back in the 1980s. An article from the Seattle Times published a report from a child-welfare investigator which stated that Murray had been abusive to his foster son.

The new 24 hour homeless shelter accommodates people with pets, partners, belongings and addiction issues
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

On a frigid day last year, I walked into Seattle’s largest homeless camp. As my breath turned to fog, I wondered why anyone would choose to live in a tent under the freeway. Why not go to a shelter?


A march protesting the Seattle police shooting of Che Taylor on Feb. 21, 2016 moves through downtown Seattle on Feb. 25, 2016.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Seattle is a step closer to getting a law that prohibits biased policing.

The proposed legislation would take the Seattle Police Department's bias-free policing policies and incorporate them into city law.

People pack city hall for a hearing on a proposed income tax
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

Seattle's City Council has unanimously passed an income tax on high earners in the city. Next stop, court. 

The Freedom Foundation, an Olympia-based conservative think tank, is already gearing up for a legal challenge against the ordinance.  

This week, Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman will meet with her colleagues from around the country at a summer conference.

One topic of discussion is bound to surface: the request for information made last week by a White House commission investigating voter fraud.


The entrance to a homeless shelter on Third Avenue in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/John Ryan

For the first time in more than a decade, the City of Seattle will bid a large chunk of its homelessness services contracts.

This marks a shift in the city’s approach to homelessness services. The system in Seattle, involving hundreds of programs and providers, has been called disjointed and inefficient in the past.


Nelly Kinsella of the Washington State Health Exchange Benefit Exchange shows a reporter how to navigate the new online market system, September 30, 2013.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

Residents in every Washington county will have at least one insurance option through the state health exchange next year. Just a couple of weeks ago, that wasn't the case.

Santa Anigo, 30, poses for a portrait during a rally at Westlake Park on Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Seattle, Washington.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

On Sunday morning, two Seattle police officers responded to a reported burglary. That call ended in the fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles, an African-American mother of four.

Just days after, black women in the city are feeling the impact. 

People pack city hall for a hearing on a proposed income tax
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

Supporters of a proposed high-earners income tax packed Seattle city hall Wednesday night for a public hearing.

“Tax the Rich” was the message that was emblazoned on signs and sprinkled through testimony.

In this Sept. 10, 2013, file photo Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Washington Rep. Adam Smith (D) has unveiled a bill aimed at deterring Russian aggression against the U.S. and its allies.

The bill would pressure the Trump administration to create a comprehensive policy on Russia and increase sanctions.

Lisa Herbold at the former Linda Manor Apartments in West Seattle’s Gatewood neighborhood.
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Seattle City Council members have released details of a proposed income tax on high-income residents.

The proposed legislation, released Monday, would levy a flat 2 percent tax on annual income above $250,000 for individuals and above $500,000 for couples filing joint taxes.  

Ingraham High students Anokhi Shah and Lucia Lari are excited to get disounted fares on King County Metro and Sound Transit
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

Lucia Lari plans to go to soccer camp this summer. She also wants to be able to visit her friends who live outside Seattle.

But the 11th grader at Ingraham High School doesn’t drive, and her parents don’t always have time to give her a ride.


Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
Facebook Photo/Governor Jay Inslee

Gov. Jay Inslee says Washington state will continue to honor the goals of the Paris climate accord, despite President Trump's decision to withdraw from the international agreement to reduce global carbon emissions.

When asked what he'd like to say to Trump, Inslee replied: "Your resignation letter would be gratefully accepted by an optimistic and innovative nation."

A homeless encampment in what the city calls the I-5 East Duwamish Greenbelt. It's unofficially known as The Jungle. But officials say they are preparing to move the people who live here.
City of Seattle Photo

The numbers from this year's homeless count tell a sad but familiar story.

The number of people living on the streets in Seattle and King County has grown yet again over the past year.

On a single night in January, when the count took place, 11,643 people were homeless. Of that number, 5,485 of them were unsheltered, sleeping in tents, vehicles, parks and on the streets.

Housing in the Yesler Terrace area.
KUOW Photo/Dominic Black

A landlord group is suing the city of Seattle over a new law that caps move-in fees and allows renters to pay their deposit in installments over several months.

The ordinance was unanimously passed by the City Council in December and came into effect in January.

Eli Sanders, Rob McKenna and Mayor Ed Murray participate in KUOW's 'Week in Review' in front of a live audience at the Vera Project on Fri. July 31, 2015.
KUOW File Photo/Gil Aegerter

Attorneys for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray have formally answered a lawsuit that accuses Murray of raping an underage teen boy in the mid-1980s.

The documents filed in court this week deny the allegations and request the lawsuit be dismissed.  


Protesters outside Amazon's annual shareholder's meeting hold up a RoboBezos sign
KUOW photo/Kate Walters

As shareholders heard about revenue gains at Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting Tuesday, protesters gathered outside the building.

The company’s revenue grew to $136 billion in 2016, up from $107 billion the year before. Amazon also grew its employee base to more than 340,000 people worldwide in 2016.

The online retail giant shows no sign of slowing. And as the company continues to grow, Amazon is facing pressure on social and political issues.

Recruits from around the region, including Seattle Police Department, on the first day at the police academy.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

After years of work, the Seattle City Council is finally going to vote on police accountability legislation.

A council committee is expected to vote on the bill Thursday and it's expected to go to the full council next week.

KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Seattle’s Ethics and Elections Commission has ruled that a proposed legal-defense fund for Mayor Ed Murray would not comply with the city's ethics code. 

Murray is facing a lawsuit alleging that he raped an underage teen boy in the mid-80s.

Amy Radil

When it comes to the sex scandal surrounding Mayor Ed Murray, we haven’t heard much from people who knew him as a young man in the 1980s, when the abuse he’s accused of allegedly took place.


At a news conference at Harborview Medical Center, Sen. Patty Murray says 'Trumpcare is headed straight to a dead end in the Senate.' With her are Sen. Maria Cantwell (left) and Harborview chief Paul Hayes.
KUOW photo/Kate Walters

Seattle's Harborview Medical Center could lose $627 million in annual revenue by 2026 under the GOP health care bill passed by the House.

That’s according to Harborview executive director Paul Hayes who said Friday that patients were likely to suffer if the bill becomes law.

Workers watch the ceremonial first planting in The Spheres at Amazon campus on Thursday.
Stephen Brashear/AP Images for Amazon

You've seen the big, glass orbs in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, right?

The Amazon spheres.

Park and rides like this one at Mountlake and I-5 are filling too early
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If the park-and-ride lot near you is getting overcrowded, you may be in luck.

King County Metro is partnering with Diamond Parking services to bring 250 new parking spaces online in June.

Immigrant rights march heads into downtown Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Supporters of immigrants and workers rights rallied through Seattle on Monday as part of the annual May Day demonstration.

Most of the rallies were peaceful, but as of Monday night Seattle Police said they arrested 5 people.

Listen to a wrap-up from the days rallies and protests:


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