Lisa Brooks

News Anchor And Reporter

Lisa's ties to Seattle and Northwest news stretch back into the 1980s when she was a reporter covering city and state issues for KING radio. She earned a degree in communications from John Carroll University, winning the Women's Association Award for excellence, awarded by the female faculty members. Lisa also has anchored radio newscasts on KOMO, KIRO, KJR and KMPS over her nearly 30-year career in broadcast journalism.

She is a longtime (and some would say long-suffering!) fan of the Seattle Mariners and has served as the public address announcer at the former Kingdome and at Safeco Field on numerous occasions.

In her spare time, Lisa loves singing and partner dancing of all sorts, especially waltz and salsa. You'll often find her at the dog park, making sure her Lhasa Apso pooches Dudley and Motley run off their excessive energy.

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I Want To Ride A Bicycle
7:44 am
Wed September 10, 2014

A Bike-Tree Grows On Vashon

Residents believe that someone hung this children's bicycle on a tree branch in the 1950s, and the tree then grew around it.
Credit KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

On Vashon Island, there's an unusual local attraction.

It's an old, red, child's bicycle that's growing out of a tree.

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Obituary
12:16 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Paul Schell, Innkeeper And Former Seattle Mayor, Dies At 76

Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell in 1999.
Credit Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives

He is the reason fish fly at the Pike Place Market, or so the story goes.

On Sunday, Paul Schell, a former Seattle mayor and champion of urban neighborhoods, died. He was 76.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Ed Murray confirmed that Schell died at Swedish Hospital.

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It's Always Sunny
9:05 am
Thu July 3, 2014

What’s The Skin Cancer Rate In Your County?

Skin cancer by county, 2011 data.
Credit Washington State Department Of Health

This may come as a surprise, but if cloudy Puget Sound were a state, it would rank fourth in skin cancer rates.

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Oso Landslide
11:22 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Snohomish County Temporarily Halts Building Near Oso Landslide

State Route 530 recently reopened to two-way traffic past the site of the Oso mudslide.
Credit Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Lisa Brooks speaks with Snohomish County Council Chair Dave Somers about a temporary ban on development in two landslide-prone areas near the site of the Oso, Wash., landslide that killed 43 people in March.

Minimum Wage
3:39 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Port Of Seattle Proposes $13 Minimum Wage By 2017

Sea-Tac Airport
Credit Flickr Photo/John Boren (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Lisa Brooks talks with Port of Seattle co-president Courtney Gregoire about a proposal to raise the minimum wage for SeaTac airport employees to $13 by 2017.

Student Reaction
10:52 am
Fri June 6, 2014

SPU Student President: 'Truth Is Confusing, And Frustrating And Angry'

Seattle Pacific University students gather in the "Tiffany Loop" on campus Friday to pray for each other in the wake of the shooting Thursday.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Lisa Brooks talks with Seattle Pacific University Associated Students President Isaac Gundersen about faith and the aftermath of Thursday's campus shooting.

Teacher Award
1:19 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Tacoma Teacher Wins Milken Educator Award

Ecstatic students swarmed Nathan Gibbs-Bowling seconds after he heard Senator Patty Murray announce that he is the 2013–14 Milken Educator Award winner for the state of Washington.
Credit Courtesy of Milken Family Foundation

A high school social studies teacher in Tacoma was caught off guard when he received a national award for his exceptional work in the classroom.

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Digital Currency
12:53 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Local University Accepts Unprecedented Bitcoin Donation

University of Puget Sound
Flickr Photo/mSeattle (CC BY-NC-ND)

Universities are used to accepting donations from alumni. They count on it.

But when the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma recently received a donation from 2007 graduate Nicholas Cary, its staff had to do some homework.

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Tacoma City Council
2:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Tacoma Council Member Returns With New Perspective From Marine Training

Tacoma City Councilmember Anders Ibsen.

Anders Ibsen is back in his seat on the Tacoma City Council after returning early from officer training in the Marine Corps Reserves.  

Ibsen, 27, was originally expected to be gone until November of this year but said that he was determined medically unfit to continue training. In an interview with KUOW, Ibsen described the grueling training regimen where the “tempo and intensity never ends.”

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Music
7:29 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Seattle's Rafe Pearlman Finds New Music In Old World Traditions

Singer-songwriter Rafe Pearlman brings a new audience to ancient spiritual traditions.
Credit Courtesy of Rafe Pearlman

Rafe Pearlman came into his music career 20 years ago, right when grunge was capturing the world's attention. He didn’t have a meteoric rise to the top, but the singer-songwriter is still moving forward, selling out local shows where he mixes rock music with the chanting of many faiths.

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Microsoft CEO Rumors
11:30 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Microsoft May Be Considering 'Epic Change'

Satya Nadella has been at Microsoft since 1992.
Wikipedia Photo/ Le Web Paris 2013 (CC BY)

Published reports have recently speculated that long-time Microsoft executive Satya Nadella is about to be named the company's new CEO.

But who is this man, and why is the Microsoft board of directors so interested in him?

KUOW's Lisa Brooks spoke with Geekwire co-founder Todd Bishop about Nadella and other rumors around Bill Gates' status as board chair.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
11:55 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Why Didn't FAA Choose Washington For Drone Testing?

Federal Aviation Administration

Low population density and testing over water.

Those may be the reasons why the Federal Aviation Administration skipped over Washington state when selecting proposals for drone testing sites.

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Crime Fighters
6:39 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Seattle Police Say It’s OK To Stop Crime – But Be Safe

Seattle Police are applauding the efforts of three bus riders who stopped a man robbing fellow passengers at gunpoint.

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Gun Rights
8:42 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Shhh! Seattle Libraries Now Allow Guns, But Please Be Respectful

The Seattle Public Library has reversed its rule banning patrons from bringing in guns.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Librarians have long asked you to “shhh,” and starting Monday, they may also ask you to please stop waving your gun around.

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Weather
1:03 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Washington's Foggy Bottom: Yes, It's Worse Than Usual

Metal-sculpted flowers up to 40-feet tall frame the 605-foot Space Needle as it become obscured by fog on Wednesday.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

Seattle has been cloaked in a pea soup of fog this month, with fog horns sounding through the night near the Ballard Locks as boats strain to avoid each other.

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