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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.

From left, Haider Kadhem, Sarmd Hady, Wafaa Fakhri and Mustafa Kadhem. Fakhri had gone to visit her sister, who is ill, in Iraq. She worried she wouldn't be allowed back in to the U.S., even though she is a green card holder.
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

Nervous families gathered at Sea-Tac airport on Monday morning, three days after the president's executive order banning travelers from seven majority Muslim countries.

Muwafag Gasim, of Sudan and Seattle, was detained for five hours upon return from a family visit. Gasim is a construction engineer in Seattle.
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

Muwafag Gasim, a construction engineer in Seattle, touched down at Sea-Tac International Airport at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday.

He lined up with his fellow passengers to present his passport and visa to U.S. Customs and Border Protection – a step required of passengers flying in from abroad.

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

It's official: Seattle plans to be the first city in the United States to open a site for users to inject illegal drugs – without police intervention.

Some residents of the Jungle keep tidy encampments, like William Kowang above, while others live in garbage with needles strewn about.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

On January 26, 2016, five people were shot in Seattle’s largest homeless camp, a stretch of greenbelt under Interstate 5 known as the Jungle.

The shooting thrust the camp into the spotlight and city officials immediately vowed to shut it down.

In the intervening year, they've made good on that promise and the camp has been cleared. 

Elle Christensen watches the crowd for Seattle's women's march past her perch at Seventh and Jackson on Jan. 21.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Here's how big Saturday's women's march in Seattle was: The front reached Seattle Center (the end) before the back had left Judkins Park (the start). That's a distance of a 3.6 miles.


Protesters crowd into the University of Washington's Red Square.
KUOW photo/John Ryan

UPDATE 1/22/17, 1:25 p.m. The victim's condition has improved to serious. He remains in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center but is breathing on his own.

UPDATE 1/21/17, 1:31 p.m. University of Washington Police said they have released the shooting suspect taken into custody Friday night and that no suspects remain outstanding. 


Tonia Arehart offered some encouragement to the high school students and others joining a protest at Seattle Central College on Friday.
KUOW photo/Amy Radil

The day started with an inauguration viewing event at Town Hall. And Friday night, Seattle was wrapping up with a big protest at Westlake Park and another at the University of Washington.

In between ...

Leeching Tran with Lunar New Year decorations at Viet Wah Supermarket. She's worried the Womxn's March on Seattle will mean fewer sales
KUOW Phot/Kate Walters

Organizers expect up to 60,000 people to hit the streets for the Womxn's March on Seattle on Saturday.

The march is being held in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington D.C., and it will follow a 3.6 mile route from Judkins Park to Seattle Center.

File photo of homeless ecampment under bridge.
KUOW Photo

Homeless advocates and two homeless individuals are suing the City of Seattle and the Washington State Department of Transportation over how they treat people's possessions when they clear out homeless encampments.

Soccer ball on artificial truf
Flickr Photo/Rupert Ganzer (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/mhyWMj

Washington state health officials say artificial turf that contains crumb rubber does not appear to cause cancer.

Crum rubber is commonly made from old tires.

King County executive Dow Constantine presents West Seattle Fish House with an 'excellent' food safety rating.
Courtesy of King County

People eating out in King County now have a new way to compare restaurants. King County Public Health began phasing in new food safety rating signs Tuesday.

Instead of a pass/fail system or traditional letter grades, you'll start to see emojis hanging in restaurant windows.

Today President Trump called recent anti-Semitic incidents “horrible” and “painful”
Photo via Flickr creative commons Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday. The event will be marked across the country by both celebrations and protests. 

Here are some of the events taking place in Seattle and the surrounding area this week. It is not an exhaustive list.

A fire on Saturday morning burned down a large part of the Islamic Center of the Eastside, a mosque in Bellevue.
Bellevue Fire Department

Updated 8:42 p.m.

A fire burned down most of a mosque in Bellevue early on Saturday morning, just one day after a man was charged with a hate crime for threatening members of that mosque in October.

There were no injuries.

KeyArena in Seattle Center.
Flickr Photo/Doug Kerr (CC BY SA 2.0)/http://bit.ly/1WeuApa

The city of Seattle requested proposals for the redevelopment of KeyArena Wednesday.

Tearing down and rebuilding the arena is one option open to developers. However, the city says the arena meets criteria for landmark status so any proposal to tear down the current space must be accompanied by a proposal for redevelopment.


President Barack Obama's farewell address plays on the TV at Cafe Presse.
KUOW Photo/Caroline Chamberlain

As President Obama gave his farewell address Tuesday night, many in Seattle mourned the end of his tenure in the White House.

Among them was Gemma O'Neil, who attended a gathering at Cafe Presse in Seattle last night. As Obama spoke about his wife, Michelle, O’Neil teared up.

The Muslim Association of Puget Sound, which is the largest mosque in the Puget Sound area, received a threat after the Orlando shooting on Sunday, June 12.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Police chiefs from six cities on the Eastside met with community members Tuesday night.

They held a safety forum at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), the largest mosque in the Northwest, to address concerns in the local Muslim and immigrant communities.

When people turn in their used needles at the Needle Exchange, they get fresh supplies to prevent the spread of HIV and other blood-borne infections.
KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

Seattle police officers are warning heroin users about dangerous purity levels after four people overdosed on Saturday. Three of the overdoses were fatal.

The Seattle Police Department believes the victims may have bought heroin from the same person. All overdoses occurred within hours of each other and in a similar geographic area.

Pramila Jayapal
Flickr Photo/Joe Mabel (CC BY SA 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/zznt82

Donald Trump's electoral victory was made official Friday by members of Congress.

Several Democrats made a last-ditch effort to block him from the presidency. Among them was Seattle's new Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.

Karam Maan says his Subway franchise has been hit hard by wage increases in Seattle
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

Thousands of Seattle workers got a raise on January 1 when the city's minimum wage increased to $15 per hour.

The raise is for people working at Seattle's companies with more than 500 employees worldwide.

Prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against the man accused of fatally shooting five people at the Cascade Mall in Burlington last September.

Arcan Cetin, a 20-year-old Oak Harbor resident, is charged with five counts of aggravated murder.

Alan Sugiyama in an interview on CityStream in 2016. He dedicated his life and career to social justice. He died January 2, 2017.
City of Seattle

Local civil rights leader Alan Sugiyama died Monday at the age of 67 after a two-year battle with cancer.

He emerged as a leader in the Asian-American rights movement at a young age, co-founding the Oriental Student Union at Seattle Central Community College.

President Donald Trump
Flickr Photo/Gage Skidmore (CC BY SA 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/9hKraP

University of Washington law students will keep a close watch on President-elect Donald Trump during his first months in office.

The law school is offering a brand-new course on presidential power.


Canadian flag
Flickr Photo/Alex Indigo (CC BY 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/4eDBug

Patricia Murphy speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the big stories in Canada in 2016. Many Canadians are glad to see the year come to a close; a poll shows most people think 2016 brought more bad than good for their country, the U.S. and the world as a whole.

File: King County, Wash. Sheriff John Urquhart testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
AP Photo/Susan Walsh

A lawsuit has brought to light allegations that King County sheriff John Urquhart tried to quash a rape accusation against him.

Shell Oil's Polar Pioneer sits at anchor aboard the Blue Marlin in Port Angeles.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about a move by President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to make oil and gas development off limits in Arctic waters.

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Kirby Wilbur and John Nichols about whether or not the Electoral College should be abolished. Wilbur is the former chair of the Washington state Republican party and a host on KVI talk radio. Nichols is the national affairs correspondent for The Nation. 

Hand prints at the base of the new sign outside the Muslim Association of Puget Sound
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

The largest mosque in the Northwest put up an unexpected sign on Friday: Not a promotional banner, but a response to what the community calls an act of hate.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Mahmood Khadeer arrived at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound to see their granite sign cracked and damaged. It had been vandalized overnight.

Braedon Wilkerson, Olga Farnam and Manis Pierre were all involved with the state GOP this year. Their views on Trump differ widely
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

Deborah Wang speaks with Washington State Republican Party chair Susan Hutchison. She also speaks with Olga Farnam, Manis Pierre and Braedon Wilkerson. 

Photo taken from a Japanese plane during the Pearl Harbor attack
Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy

Fujiko Tamura Gardner was 9 years old when Pearl Harbor was attacked. She remembers hearing about it on the radio at her parents’ farm in Fife, Washington.

“I just remember the horror and not really understanding what was going on and what was going to happen,” Gardner said.

State Democratic Party Chair Jaxon Ravens predicts strong caucus turnout, but shy of the record set in 2008.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Deborah Wang speaks with Washington state Democratic Party chairman Jaxon Ravens about the future of the party. She also speaks with Jessa Lewis, Alec Stephens and Tamborine Borrelli. 

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