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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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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.

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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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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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.

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.

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

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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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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.

As voters in Washington state prepare to vote on whether to require labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms, the state’s attorney general sued an industry group for violating campaign finance laws.

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Updated at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

When you gotta go, you gotta go.

And until Monday night in unincorporated King County, going in public was allowed. That's when the council voted to ban public urination and defecation and to fine violators $125. The new rule doesn't apply to those younger than 12.  

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A woman in her 20s was found shot dead at 4:30 a.m. on Friday morning just off the Burke-Gilman trail in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood.

Police believe this was a targeted hit and that the woman was not killed at random. Officers have not yet identified the woman, according to a police spokesman.

A passerby found the woman on the popular trail at North Northlake Way and Eastern Avenue North and called 911.

Homicide detectives initially cleared the area and have since reopened the trail to pedestrians and cyclists.

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UPDATE: 9/25/13, 5:10 p.m. PT

In a release today, the Washington State Department of Health has lifted the boil water advisory for residents of southwest King County, specifically Des Moines and Normandy Park, saying, "Lab tests show the water now meets safe drinking water standards."

The statement also says that there have been no reported illnesses linked to the water system, which was found to have potentially harmful E. coli bacteria during a routine water quality test earlier this week.

Customers with questions about their water quality can call the water district at 206.878.7210.

Sound Transit

A plan to build light rail tracks on the Interstate 90 floating bridge can move forward.

In a 7-2 opinion, the Washington State Supreme Court sided with Sound Transit and the Washington State Department of Transportation, and against Bellevue developer Kemper Freeman and others.

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UPDATE: 9/9/2013, 1:30 p.m. PT

The Washington state Department of Transportatation says the new replacement bridge on I-5 over the Skagit River should be ready to drive on Sunday morning.

WSDOT officials say the weather’s drying out enough to pour concrete on the replacement span that’s being constructed adjacent to the temporary bridge. Recent heavy rains have delayed the pouring operation. After the concrete cures, they’ll slide the new bridge into place.

Courtesy of the University of Washington

Ecologists worldwide credit the work of a University of Washington biology professor for advancing the way we understand the importance of so-called “apex species” in nature. Now Professor Emeritus Robert T. Paine’s work is being recognized with Japan’s International Cosmos Prize this year.

Seattle Times Editor Departing For Dean Position

Aug 1, 2013
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In this era of digital media David Boardman, the departing executive editor of the Seattle Times, said he sees a great future ahead for newspapers.

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A new law that took effect this week in Washington allows people wrongfully convicted of crimes to sue the state for damages. Alan Northrop will be one of the first to file a claim.

Future Of Wash. State GOP After Kirby Wilbur

Jul 30, 2013
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Kirby Wilbur, the head of the Washington state GOP, resigned on Monday and has left the party struggling to find a new leader. As chair he led the Republicans to take greater control of the state Legislature but lost key races for governor and attorney general.

Reza Aslan's "Zealot" Draws Controversy And Comedy

Jul 29, 2013
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The book “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” has been out for less than two weeks, but it’s already created a firestorm for its author, religions scholar Reza Aslan.

Metro Bus Service Reductions Loom As State Drags Its Feet On Funding

Jul 24, 2013
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The inability of the Washington Legislature to pass a transportation package this session means King County Metro Transit needs to prepare for service cuts. Metro general manager Kevin Desmond said the agency has time-sensitive funding needs; in part because an expiring $20.00 car tab fee for transit wasn’t renewed.

A new report shows there is a 9.5 percent gap between the salaries earned by men who work for the city of Seattle, compared with the salaries of women. The mayor has asked a task force to look into the situation and make recommendations on how to close the gap.

Julie Nelson is the director of Seattle’s Office of Civil Rights. She’s on the task force. She says she hopes it will have an influence on private-sector gender pay gaps as well as the disparity within the city. 

City of Port Angeles

The mayor of Port Angeles says she got more than an apology when she went to Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Monday. Mayor Cherie Kidd says she also received a promise that the military will not buzz her city with training helicopters again.

I-405 And SR-520 Closed This Weekend

Jul 11, 2013
WSDOT

State Route 520 and northbound I-405 will be closed this weekend for inspection and repairs. Both directions of SR-520 will be closed between Montlake Boulevard and I-405 from 11:00 p.m. Friday through 5:00 a.m. Monday.

Northbound I-405 from S.E. 8th Street to SR-520 from 10:00 p.m. Friday to 4:00 a.m. Monday. The I-90 ramps to northbound I-405 will also be closed.

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