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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Mental Health Awareness
8:21 am
Wed February 26, 2014

King County Pioneers New Practice For Refugee Mental Health

Farhiya Mohamed was 19 years old when her family came to the U.S. from Somalia as refugees.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

On a recent afternoon, about a dozen Somali women talk in spurts as they weave 4-inch metal needles through a basket.

It doesn't look like therapy, but in a way, it is.

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Immigration Reform
8:45 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Protestors Try To Block Deportations From Northwest Detention Center

Protestors chained themselves outside the Northwest Detention Center to protest deportations.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Milton Cornejo locked arms with about a dozen demonstrators Monday morning to block access to the federal Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

They were among about 50 people trying to prevent vehicles from leaving the facility, saying that they didn’t want the vans leaving with people who are about to be deported on board.

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Snow Dump
7:52 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Washington Snowpack Building Toward Normal

Lake Mowich with Mount Rainier in the background had little snow in the beginning of the winter season. February is helping the Cascade Mountain range catch up with its snowpack.
Credit KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

On a clear day in Seattle, Nick Bond can size up the mountain snowpack on his bike ride to work at the University of Washington. However, in his role as the state’s climatologist, Bond crunches the data to get a much more precise picture. That’s because a lot of people care about snowpack.

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Detained in North Korea
3:38 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

North Korea Calls Off Envoy For Kenneth Bae

Kenneth Bae has been able to send some correspondence, including this letter, to his family in Edmonds, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

The Seattle-area family of Kenneth Bae, an American man held in North Korea, said their hopes fell again this week. For the second time, North Korea rescinded its invitation for a U.S. envoy to discuss Bae’s possible release.

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Focus On Diversity
9:22 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Seattle Police Reforms Shift To Officer Training

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan speaks at a press conference about Seattle Police reforms.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Seattle’s ongoing effort to reform the police department seems to be shifting to a new phase, from policy to implementation. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says 2014 will be “the year of training” for Seattle cops.

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Population Shifts
7:28 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Washington Ranks Sixth For New Foreign And Out-Of-State Residents

Nearly one-third of new transplants to Washington are in their 20s.
Flickr Photo/dvs

Roll out the welcome wagon: New census figures show Washington state continues to rank as a top destination for people who move from across the country or from abroad.

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Immigration
7:57 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Why Immigrant Deportations Dropped 30 Percent In Northwest

Thirty-three women staged a sit-in at the state’s Republican Party headquarters in Bellevue on Nov. 7, 2013. The protesters called on their representatives to take action on immigration reform.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Deportations of unauthorized immigrants in Washington and Oregon dropped 32 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to data from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Yet, people on both sides of the immigration debate find the numbers troubling.

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Park And Pay
7:55 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Washington Wants More Disabled Drivers To Pay For Parking

Flickr Photo/Richard Cassan

A state work group is arguing that more people with disabilities should feed the parking meter. Currently, anyone with a disabilities placard can park for free.

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Labor
4:39 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Airport Workers To Port: 'It's Like Living Paycheck To Paycheck'

Mohammad Kadhim, a baggage handler at Sea-Tac Airport, appeals to Port of Seattle Commissioners for higher wages.
Liz Jones KUOW

Port of Seattle Commissioners said Tuesday they will consider higher wages for some airport workers, despite last week's court ruling that the Port is exempt from a new ordinance in SeaTac. That law would require a $15 hourly minimum wage for airport-related workers.

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Postscripts
6:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Happily Ever After: Couple Reflects On Life After DOMA

Otts Bolisay and Ken Thompson, outside the Redmond courthouse on their wedding day, Nov. 1.
Photo courtesy of Otts Bolisay

Otts Bolisay, who had spent more than half his life in the US on various immigration visas, was approaching the end of the line.

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Shelter
3:19 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Homeless In Seattle: 'Seeing A Family Walk In Here, It’s A Heartbreaker'

Ken Kahaloha, a resident at the South Jackson Street camp is also its kitchen manager. The Jackson Street camp was one of three to replace Nickelsville, which was closed in September.
Credit KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

As snow dusted Seattle on Friday morning, demand for warm items shot up at a homeless camp in Seattle’s central area.

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Tribal Disenrollment
6:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Nooksack Tribe Cites ‘Missing Ancestor’ As Reason To Disenroll 306 Members

Nooksack tribal police stand outside the courthouse during a disenrollment hearing.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

It's a frosty morning at the Nooksack tribal courthouse in Deming, Wash., and caution tape and tribal police block the entrance.

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Tribal Disenrollment
7:47 am
Mon December 16, 2013

'We’ll Always Be Nooksack': Tribe Questions Ancestry Of Part-Filipino Members

Adelina Narte Gladstone Parker faces disenrollment from the Nooksack Tribe, near Bellingham, as do 305 others.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Adelina Parker lets up on the gas as she drives through her childhood stomping grounds.

“Up there, that was all Filipino farmers and strawberry fields,” Parker says, motioning toward a school and apartments that occupy this land.

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Immigration Holds
2:53 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Certain Hold Requests By Immigration Enforcement May Soon Be Denied In King County

KUOW reporter Liz Jones.

David Hyde speaks with KUOW reporter Liz Jones about the King County Council’s vote to limit immigration hold requests by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

Immigration Enforcement
12:03 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

King County Council Passes Bill To Deny Some Immigration Hold Requests

In a split 5-4 vote, the King County Council narrowly approved a measure Monday that’s at odds with federal immigration authorities. The legislation targets so-called immigration holds on people booked into county jail.

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