Liz Jones

Reporter

Liz Jones is a general assignment reporter with a focus on immigration and diversity issues. Her work has taken her to central Mexico, where she produced an award-winning documentary about immigration and indigenous communities.

Previously, Liz worked as an editor and writer for Oxygen Media in New York.

One of Liz’s greatest challenges is staying put. She’s lived in Spain and Peru and loves to travel. But she finds a good radio story can often satisfy the travel bug – you get to meet new people, make sense out of something unfamiliar and find creative ways to communicate.

Her work has been heard on NPR and other national programs, including The World, Latino USA and Weekend America.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, making jam, snowboarding and watching every filmed version of "Pride and Prejudice" over and over and over again.

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'Fourth Wave' Immigration
7:43 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Ukrainians In Seattle React To Crisis Back Home

Protesters at Seattle Center demonstrate against the tension between Russia and Ukraine this spring.
Credit Courtesy of Wayne Buck

When there’s daylight in Seattle, it’s usually night time in Ukraine. But that time difference doesn't matter to many Ukrainians here, who are anxious for news of the crisis unfolding in their motherland.

“We have 32 channels from Ukraine so we can watch every day,” said Peter Drogomiretskiy during a recent interview at his home in Brier, Wash. He sometimes watches Ukrainian news coverage with his wife, Valha Drogomiretskiy, until 3 a.m. and only sleeps a few hours before work.

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Minimum Wage
4:39 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Seattle's $15 Wage Campaign Eyes The Ballot

King County Council Member Larry Gossett and Vote 15 Campaign Manager Jess Spear at launch of charter amendment.
Credit Liz Jones / KUOW

A Seattle group seeking a $15 minimum wage has filed paperwork to put the issue to voters. The move aims to increase pressure on Mayor Ed Murray and the City Council to pass a measure this year.

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U-Drive, U-Text, U-Pay
8:04 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Statewide Special Patrols To Crack Down On Distracted Driving Starting Thursday

Flickr Photo/Skip&Nell (CC BY-NC-ND)

You’ve probably heard the slogan “Click It or Ticket” to promote seatbelt safety. Now, Washington state is joining in a new national campaign to target people who text and drive.

Special patrols will be out statewide, starting Thursday, with a new snappy slogan to add: “U-Drive, U-Text, U-Pay.”

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Community Resilience
8:08 am
Tue April 8, 2014

One Man's Story Of Rebuilding After 'Total Devastation'

Mike Peroni's farm in Curtis, Wash. was wiped out by a 2007 flood. It took him and his family years to rebuild.
Liz Jones KUOW

Mike Peroni knows what it’s like to live through a disaster. In 2007, a massive flood wiped out his home and farm in Curtis, Wash., about 40 miles south of Olympia.

For him, stories from the tragic landslide near Oso, Wash., on March 22 have hit an emotional scar.

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Immigration Detention
11:25 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Behind The Hunger Strike At Tacoma’s Immigration Lockup

Veronica Noriega (far right) says she’s struggled to pay bills while her husband’s been in detention. Ramon Mendoza-Pascual and Noriega’s children at their home in Auburn, from left: Veronica, 11, Jose, 13, and Ashley, 5.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

A steady protest has hung over an immigration lockup in Tacoma for more than a month.

In March, hundreds of detainees went on hunger strike. Outside the gates, families and supporters have gathered daily, waving signs that read “No More Deportations.”

A large crowd is expected outside the facility again this Saturday, as part of a national campaign. The protest has grown out of frustration about an impasse on immigration reform as detainees fight to avoid deportation and separation from their families.

‘I Wouldn’t Be Another Number’

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Food Safety
11:54 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Public Displays Of Inspection For Seattle Restaurants

Credit Flickr Photo/Meg (CC BY-NC-ND)

When you walk past a restaurant in Seattle, you’re most likely not aware of the health and safety standards inside. But Seattle and King County Public Health is currently cooking up a plan to change that with a new rating system, which may include signs on restaurant windows.

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Detainee Protests
5:46 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Hunger Strikers At Northwest Detention Center Moved To Isolation

File photo of the interior of Northwest Detention Center.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Several immigrants being held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma have been moved to isolation after a recent hunger strike at the facility.

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Fatal Crash
3:15 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Witness, Helicopter Pilot Provide Insight On Seattle Center Crash

A line of fire was formed from fuel that leaked out of the helicopter and the cars it hit on Tuesday morning. The Fire Department was quickly able to extinguish the flames.
Twitter Photo/Deb Slater

KUOW reporter Liz Jones speaks with Justin Rabung, who works a couple of blocks away from where a KOMO News helicopter crashed on Tuesday morning.

Also, Steve Scher speaks with Larry Welk about the technical aspects of the helicopter that was involved in the crash. Welk has been a helicoper pilot for 15 years and has a company in Los Angeles called Angel City Air which operates news helicopters.

Membership Challenge
5:12 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Nooksack Vote Shows Divide On Disenrollment Struggle

Nooksack tribal member Angel Rabang said she was wrongfully fired from her job last July at the tribal casino for being one of the Nooksack 306..
Courtesy of Angel Rabang

This weekend’s tribal council election on the Nooksack reservation near Bellingham leaves an uncertain future for hundreds of its members. The tribe has sought to remove about 15 percent of its people in what would be the largest tribal disenrollment in Washington state’s history.

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Membership Controversy
2:05 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Disenrollment Controversy Looms Over Nooksack Tribal Council Election

A group gathered in downtown Seattle in September to protest what could potentially be the biggest tribal disenrollment in Wash. history.
KUOW Photo/Meghan Walker

Members of the Nooksack tribe near Bellingham will cast votes in a high-stakes election this Saturday. The outcome could change the fate for hundreds of members facing disenrollment from the tribe.

This membership controversy within the Nooksack Tribe surfaced about a year ago. The tribal council questioned the ancestry of 306 members, about 15 percent of the tribe, and moved to disenroll them.

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Federal Ruling
9:18 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Immigrant Detainees Win Right To Bond Hearings

The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

As a hunger strike continues at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, a new federal court ruling coincidentally meets one of the protesters' demands.

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Deportation Protest
10:06 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Tensions Increase As Tacoma Detention Center Hunger Strike Continues Into Day 5

This Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 file picture shows the "B" cell and bunk unit of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

More than a hundred detainees at an immigration lockup in Tacoma are entering their fifth day without food. The hunger strike began Friday, with about 750 people refusing to eat.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stepped up medical observations for the protesters.

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Deportation Protest
9:09 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Lockdown Lifted As Hunger Strike Continues At Tacoma Detention Center

The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Immigration officials say a lockdown has been lifted at a Tacoma detention center where hundreds of detainees are involved in a hunger strike.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement say the lockdown that started Sunday at the area of the Northwest Detention Center holding violent offenders was a precaution. 

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Reform Efforts
2:25 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Seattle Police Adopt New Crisis Intervention Policy

Flickr Photo/Crash Zone Photography

A new policy for the Seattle Police Department aims to change how officers handle crisis situations with people who are mentally ill or under the influence. The crisis intervention policy, which takes effect Monday, is part of the city’s federally-mandated police reforms.

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Financial Aid
2:19 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

University Student On Real Hope Passage: 'I Feel More Accepted'

University of Washington freshman Diana Betancourt hopes to benefit from the Washington Real Hope Act.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Washington state students who are in the country illegally have reason to celebrate. On Wednesday, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law the state’s Real Hope Act, also commonly called the DREAM Act.

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