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.

Ways to Connect

L122, one of the newest members of the Southern Resident Community of orcas, spotted Sept. 7 near Sooke, British Columbia.
Dave Ellifrit, Center for Whale Research

Puget Sound's endangered resident orcas have welcomed yet another new addition.

The Center for Whale Research in Friday Harbor confirmed news of the baby whale on its Facebook page over the weekend. They have designated it as J-53.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The latest El Niño forecast report is out from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and it looks like the drought will continue into next year for most of Washington.

'The Blog' is indicated by dark orange on the West Coast of the U.S. The Blob is a patch of warm water that was detected by a University of Washington climatologist in 2013.
Courtesy of Nick Bond

Warm, dry weather will probably continue in the Pacific Northwest -- and may last until at least next spring.

New data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration indicates the warming ocean phenomenon in the Pacific, known as El Nino, is getting stronger.

Slide the City had planned events at three places in Washington state but canceled them due to permitting issues.
Slide the City

The giant slip-and-slide event that was hyped on social media in Seattle, Spokane, or the Tri-Cities has now been canceled. All the excitement came to a halt over everyday health regulations. 

In Seattle, a big chunk of Mercer Street was to be closed Aug. 16 so people who plopped down $30 a ticket could take a wet-and-wild ride.

By the end of the year, the Washington State Patrol could need more than 200 new troopers because many are closing in on their retirement.

So the agency is turning to community job fairs as one way to recruit new troopers, as well as other employees.

Department of Veterans Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Puget Sound broke ground on a new mental health and research facility Wednesday.

It’s the first new structure on the VA's Seattle campus since 1988.

The company building pontoons for the new Highway 520 Floating Bridge in Seattle has been slapped with a six-digit fine.

The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries says Kiewit General willfully disregarded safety concerns.

KUOW's Lisa Brooks reports, it's because of a crane failure at the company's Aberdeen construction site last June.


Video was rolling that day, when the lug for a concrete counterweight for a tower crane broke loose, causing the 13,000-pound weight to plunge to the ground.

KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

The King County Sheriff’s Department is investigating after a bottle exploded in a Redmond elementary school parking lot, injuring two bus drivers.

The 2-liter plastic bottle exploded just after 7:30 this morning at Emily Dickinson Elementary School.

No students were injured in the blast, which occurred more than an hour before classes began.

Bomb deputies from the King County Sheriff's Department said it was an acid bomb and that it was not a sophisticated device.

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A 14-year-old girl wounded in last week’s high school shooting has died, raising the number of fatalities to three.

Officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett say 14-year-old Gia Soriano died on Sunday night.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.