Patricia Murphy

Reporter

Patricia Murphy is an award-winning reporter at KUOW Public Radio in Seattle focusing on military affairs, veterans' issues and criminal justice. She began her career at WBUR Boston in 1994 and has worked at KUOW since 2000.

Patricia's most recent series, “Less than Honorable,” investigated how the military handles more than 3,000 sexual assault cases each year. Her 2011 collaboration with the Seattle Times, “The Weight of War,” looked at heavy loads carried by troops and the increase in chronic orthopedic injuries as a result; the series won a national award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism from the Association of Healthcare Journalists. She also received a national Edward R. Murrow Award for a documentary on IV drug use and has had her work recognized with awards from the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

In 2012, Patricia was inducted into the Dart Society, a network of journalists who cover trauma, conflict and social injustice. In a briefing document accidentally sent to her by an Army public affairs officer, Patricia was described as “a professional, no-nonsense reporter who comes to the table fully prepared,” though her colleagues at KUOW might also describe her as the station cut-up.

Patricia holds a B.A. from Emerson College in Boston.

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Neighborhood Violence
3:17 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Residents React To Central District Shootings

Promenade 23, a shopping center in the Central District of Seattle.
Flickr Photo/Matthew Rutledge (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Over the last week and a half, there were five shootings in Seattle's Central District area, three of which were fatal.

The police haven't confirmed, but many people are saying the shootings are tied to gang activity.

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Labor And Industries Report
12:32 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Washington Department Of Corrections Fined For Unsafe Asbestos Removal Program

A known carcinogen, asbestos needs to be removed with the use of safety equipment including respirators. L&I determined that the DOC failed to enforce the use of respirators in its asbestos removal program.
Flickr Photo/Asbestos Testing (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The State Department of Corrections has shut down a decades-old program staffed by inmates to remove asbestos from prison facilities.

The Department of Labor and Industries originally fined the DOC $141,000 after determining that inmate workers were exposed to asbestos dust, but the penalty was reduced to $70,500 in a settlement.

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Boy Scouts of America
1:27 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Meetings Will Continue At Rainier Beach Church Despite Revocation Of Boy Scout Charter

The Boys Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a Seattle church because it allowed a gay adult, Geoff McGrath, to continue leading a troop. McGrath, pictured here on April 1, 2014, has been leading Seattle Troop 98 since its application was approved last fall.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File

The Boy Scouts of America has revoked the charter of Rainier Beach United Methodist Church in Seattle after the church's youth program allowed a gay adult to continue leading the troop.

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Unemployment
3:52 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Washington State Jobs Picture Shows Slow Growth

Sign on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce building, Washington, D.C., January 1, 2012.
Credit Flickr Photo/Victoria Pickering

The latest figures show the unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.3 percent. The Employment Security Department said the state added an estimated 6,700 jobs in March. The biggest job gains last month were seen in professional and business services.

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Military Award
1:22 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Former Bonney Lake Man To Receive Medal Of Honor

Staff Sgt. Conrad Begaye awards Spc. Kyle White the Combat Infantryman Badge during a ceremony in Nuristan province, Afghanistan, Nov. 6, 2007. The CIB is awarded to Infantry or Special Forces Soldiers who actively engage in ground combat with the enemy.
Credit Courtesy of Sgt. Kyle White

The White House announced President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to a former Bonney Lake man on May 13, 2014.

The Medal of Honor is awarded to service members who distinguish themselves by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty.

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Emergency Outage
4:15 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Washington Commission Investigates 911 Outage

Credit Flickr Photo/Four12

The State Utilities and Transportation Commission has opened an investigation into last Thursday’s 911 emergency line outage.

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Mudslide Debris
8:48 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Highway 530 Will Take Months To Clear

WSDOT officials have been working to clear state Route 530 since the devastating mudslide in March.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The Washington State Department of Transportation says it could take up to three months to clear debris from the mile-long stretch of State Route 530 covered by the Oso mudslide.

The task at hand is massive. WSDOT says it needs to move 100,000 cubic yards of material before the road can reopen.

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Emergency Numbers
5:27 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Emergency 911 Service Restored In Washington After Morning Outage

Flickr Photo/Bryan Jones (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Emergency 911 service has been restored for the state of Washington after an outage affected dispatch centers throughout the state and parts of Oregon.

The lines were restored in Washington and Oregon after separate, but unrelated problems, according to CenturyLink.

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Judicial System Overload
10:23 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Justice Suffers When There Are 'Too Many Cases, Not Enough Time'

Credit Flickr Photo/Joe Gratz (CC BY-NC-ND)

On a Friday in April 2013, King County District Court Judge Victoria Seitz had 66 cases on her docket. “We have too many cases and not enough court time, and so forth, to deal with them,” she announced to the court.

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Community Response
10:57 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Overwhelmed With Donations, Oso Looks To Managing Flow Of Goods

Shirley Clark surveys the hangar at the Arlington airport where goods for Oso relief have been collected. With donations piling up, she has been walking about with a half-eaten sandwich and trying to keep organized.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Donations of new and used goods are pouring into the town of Oso, Wash., after the devastating mudslide two weeks ago; so many items that officials have been asking for cash donations instead.

It’s taking a massive secondary effort to coordinate just how to store and distribute those items to the people who need them.

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Rescue And Recovery
11:52 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Search Crews Struggle To Define Success In Mudslide Debris

Lieutenant Richard Burke of the Bellevue Fire Department has been out searching in the mudslide debris near Oso, Wash.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

As of Wednesday morning, the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s office has confirmed that 29 people have died in the Oso landslide. Hopes of finding survivors are dwindling.

That’s taking a toll on the families and the search crews, some who have been out there since the very beginning, doing intense physical and emotional work. Rescue operations managers are very conscious about giving those crews a break, letting them rotate in and out so they can rest and recharge.

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Mudslide Relief
7:44 am
Tue April 1, 2014

'A Crazy Fun Day' With Seattle Seahawks, Sounders Lifts Mood In Darrington

Angela Botamanenko and her daughter Gaby after meeting players from the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC at the Darrington Community Center Monday.
Credit Courtesy of Rae Ellen Bichell

About a dozen Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC players visited the Darrington area Monday.

In a statement the Seahawks company said the teams wanted to offer a brief distraction for families devastated by the landslide near Oso, Wash.

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Tax Fraud
3:00 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Data Breach At Archdiocese Prompts Early Student Release At Bishop Blanchet High School

The Archdiocese of Seattle has hired a forensic security team to help investigate a data breach that has affected employees and church volunteers. Someone has apparently acquired personal information and has been using it to file false tax returns to collect the refunds.

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Military
3:23 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Top Army Prosecutor Of Sexual Assault Cases Accused Of Groping

Military prosecutor U.S. Army Lt. Col. Jay Morse speaks to a law school class in November 2013. Morse has been accused of sexual assault from an incident in 2011.
AP Photo/LM Otero

The top Army prosecutor for sexual assault cases has been suspended after being accused of sexual assault.

Sources told the paper Stars and Stripes that an Army lawyer has alleged that Lieutenant Colonel Joseph “Jay” Morse attempted to kiss and grope her against her will. The alleged assault reportedly took place in a hotel room at a 2011 sexual assault legal conference in Alexandria, Va.

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Transportation
9:49 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Seattle Great Wheel Owners Want To Build A Downtown Gondola

Kyle Griffith explains the proposed gondola route that would take people across town.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Kyle Griffith’s family owns the Great Wheel on Pier 57. The Griffiths have been in business on the Seattle waterfront since the 1960s.

Now the family is hoping to build a gondola that would run along Union Street from the Washington State Convention and Trade Center to the waterfront with a stop at Pike Place Market.

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