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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.

Washington State University cheer squad advice graphic
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The University of Washington cheerleading team took some flak for an image they posted on Facebook showing the dos and don’ts for the right tryout look: athletic physique, false lashes, but not too much makeup.

The graphic was intended to give advice to aspiring cheerleaders, but others called the image offensive, exclusionary and ignorant.

Chipping paint is a lead poisoning danger to kids.
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Jeannie Yandel speaks with Seattle Times health reporter JoNel Aleccia about lead risks in Washington state. Children in the state have low risks of lead poisoning, but health officials say the biggest lead risks are not in the water; they exist in lead paint in old houses and other environments like some construction sites. 

Bellevue High School fans cheer during the first half of the team's Class 3A high school football championship game against Eastside Catholic, Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

When you think high school, do you think math class? Or do you think about the Friday night lights, the pep rallies and the spirit days?

Let's face it, high school sports are big in this country. By placing such a big emphasis on sports, some schools are sending kids the wrong message, said Amanda Ripley, an education journalist and author.

Bill Radke speaks with music journalist Charles Cross about the newly released lineup for Bumbershoot 2016. Whether you love or hate this year's lineup, Cross says Seattleites should be thankful for this music festival. 

water sink tap
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People in Tacoma, Washington still don't know how bad their lead problem is.

The city says 1,700 Tacoma households and small businesses could be at risk. But it's unknown how many of those customers have high lead levels in their water.

Can the funky spirit of the University District survive development?
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Bill Radke speaks with Margaret O'Mara and Taso Lagos about what development in the University District, and Seattle as a whole, should look like. O'Mara was part of the group that created the University District Strategic Plan. Lagos' family ran the Continental restaurant on University Way for 40 years. 

Bellevue running back Isaiah Gilchrist, left, leaps to avoid a tackle attempt by Eastside Catholic's Noah Failauga during the first half of the Class 3A high school football championship Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.
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Supporters of the Bellevue High School football team are hitting back after an independent investigation found facts about the program breaking recruiting rules. 

news release issued last week indicated that the investigators have found the football program's boosters club paid for football players to attend an alternative private school and that false addresses were used to make out-of-district players eligible for the team. 

A plane dumps fire retardant on a ballooning wildfire on Aug. 14.
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Bill Radke speaks with Trevor McConchie, firefighter with the Department of Natural Resources, about this year's wildfire season and how people can prepare. Find out how to defend and prepare your home for wildfire season.

Sunday's legislative district caucus-goers were not impressed.
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Bill Radke speaks with Amanda Saab and Michael Maddux about whether or not the state's Democratic caucus system is working. Saab and Maddux both attended the legislative district caucuses held on Sunday. 

Skyler Kelly and his younger brother Luke
Courtesy of Tiffany Kelly

"I just always felt like a boy."

Nine-year-old Skyler Kelly was born a girl. But he didn't feel like a girl. From a very young age he knew he was supposed to be a boy. He can't explain how he knew. He just felt like a boy. 

Demonstrators protesting passage of legislation limiting bathroom access for transgender people stand in front of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, March 31, 2016.
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Bill Radke speaks with Laura Leslie, capitol bureau chief for WRAL in Raleigh, North Carolina. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Governor Jay Inslee have banned official city and state travel to North Carolina in response to a new law there that discriminates against LGBTQ people. 

Bill Radke speaks with Bainbridge Island resident Bill Buzenberg about the Panama Papers leak. Buzenberg is the former head of the Center for Public Integrity, which runs the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that broke this story. Buzenberg was involved with the beginning of this investigation. 

Executive Constantine and a Seattle delegation visited Boston and New Jersey to learn about their universal preschool models in 2014.
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Bill Radke speaks with Seattle Times education reporter Claudia Rowe about how Washington and Massachusetts differ when it comes to education. 

Gov. Jay Inslee (center) joins caucus-goers in Bainbridge Island.
KUOW Photo/Bill Buzenberg

Bernie Sanders had a big win in the Washington state caucuses with more than 70 percent of the vote.

But not everyone is feeling the Bern. In fact, most of Washington state's superdelegates are still backing Hillary Clinton.

Ted Cruz raised the most money of any Republican presiddential candidate in Washington state.
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Along with the horror and sadness evoked by the bombings in Brussels on Tuesday, Seattle's Muslim community is also grappling with feelings of fear and anxiety. 

Once again, they're worried about the possible backlash which can occur after events like this. 

Bill Radke speaks with Q13 Fox political analyst C.R. Douglas about Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Douglas covers the differences between these two candidates and which way Washington state voters are likely to swing.

David Hyde speaks with reporter Molly O'Toole about the key differences between Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders when it comes to foreign policy. O'Toole covers politics and foreign policy for Foreign Policy Magazine. 

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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Bill Radke speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the first state visit from a Canadian leader in almost 20 years. President Obama hosted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in early March. Palmer also gets us up to speed on Vancouver's housing market and the quest for a sewage treatment plant in Victoria, B.C. 

Presidential candidate Donald Trump, pictured here 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference.
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Bill Radke speaks with University of Washington historian Margaret O'Mara about mud slinging and crudeness in American politics.

After Donald Trump defended the size of his penis during a Republican primary debate, some people asked, have we hit a new low? According to O'Mara, the answer is no. Things like this have been happening for centuries.

And often, the vulgarity is a smoke screen that distracts from the real issues, O'Mara said. 

Tuesday's solar eclipse as seen from Alaska Airlines flight 870
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The view of a lifetime: That's what passengers on board Alaska Airlines flight 870 got on Tuesday.

A group of astronomers convinced the airline to change the flight plan for a plane headed from Anchorage to Honolulu. Why, you ask? So they could get a perfect view of a solar eclipse in progress. 

Apartment housing: Colorful architecture next to the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington.
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Bill Radke speaks with Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland about how the city is dealing with rising rents. According to Axiometrics Inc., a company that tracks national rental markets, the rate of rent growth in Tacoma was higher than the rate of rent growth in Seattle in January 2016. 

Maya Swinehart weighs recovered food from the SPU campus kitchen.
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

Food waste — we all do it. We put that bag of spinach in the back of the fridge and forget about it. We make a casserole big enough to feed an army and never eat the leftovers.

Now multiply that waste by thousands. That's what was happening at Seattle Pacific University. Nearly 100,000 pounds of food went uneaten every year. 

Maya Swinehart decided to do something about it.

Ricky Garcia and Lauren Davis are fighting to pass Ricky's Law in the Washington State Legislature that would allow involuntary committment for addicts.
Courtesy of Lauren Davis

What can you do if someone you love wants to hurt themselves? If the underlying cause is mental illness, one option is to have them involuntarily committed for psychiatric treatment.

But, if the underlying cause is addiction, things get much harder.

The Jungle, the morning after five people were shot at the homeless encampment. Officially the East Duwamish Greenbelt, everyone calls it The Jungle.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

A new report from city officials looks at conditions in the Jungle - a large area south of downtown Seattle that is home to an unauthorized homeless encampment. The basic message is that this place is not fit for humans. So what should we do about The Jungle? 

Bill Radke speaks with Pat Murakami and Tsunika Blessing to get two different opinions. Murakami is with the South Seattle Crime Prevention Council and Blessing is with the street newspaper Real Change. 

Bill Radke speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about a book reportedly written by Canadian serial killer Robert Pickton. The book was briefly available on Amazon and has now been removed from the site. 

Heroin needle
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Bill Radke speaks with Caleb Banta-Green about a state-wide survey of needle exchange programs and the drug users they serve in Washington. Banta-Green is with the University of Washington's Alcohol and Drug Addiction Institute. 

A discarded hypodermic needle next to the train tracks outside the Yankee Diner on Shilshole Avenue. Neighbors have complained about drug use, waste and garbage they attribute to car campers and RVs in the neighborhood.
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Seattle is experiencing a heroin epidemic. North Seattle residents say they find proof of that epidemic in parks and on sidewalks in the form of used, discarded needles. 

Mike Cuadra is a member of the North Precinct Advisory Council, a coalition of community groups and businesses from North Seattle neighborhoods. He's seen a rise in the number of needles littering his neighborhood over the past two years. 

"It's scary. I think people are frightened and angry," Cuadra said. 

Bill Radke speaks with Jeff Stilwell about his bid to replace 14-term U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott. McDermott has represented the 7th Congressional district, including the Seattle area, since 1989. He is not running for re-election in 2016. 

Lisa Sawyer and Steven Drogosz are living in a hotel in SeaTac
KUOW Photo/Kate Walters

Lisa Sawyer and Steven Drogosz have been together for about six years. They met volunteering at a food bank, they noticed each other and one thing led to another.

Bill Radke speaks with Chris Osterhaug about why he wants Donald Trump to be the next U.S. president. Osterhaug is a Republican from Edmonds. He started the Facebook group Washington State For Donald Trump 2016.

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