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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Law Enforcement
1:04 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Feds: Seattle Police Officers' Lawsuit Has No Merit

US Attorney Jenny Durkan talks to reporters at the Federal Building in Seattle.
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan slammed a lawsuit filed by more than a hundred Seattle police officers who filed a legal complaint against city and federal officials. The officers say a new policy that dictates how police can use force restricts their constitutional rights to protect themselves.

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Mental Illness
3:10 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Washington ACLU Urges High Court To End Psychiatric Boarding

Advocates for the mentally ill filed a friend of the court brief with the Washington State Supreme Court urging the justices to uphold a Pierce County judge's ruling. The state's high court will hear arguments in the case next month. Last year, Pierce County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Nelsons ruled that boarding the mentally ill was illegal. 

Post-Deployment Recovery
11:04 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Fly Fishing As A Meditative, Healing Process For Veterans

Sgt. Kurt Erickson fishing on the Naches River as part of a Rivers of Recovery trip.
Courtesy of Kurt Erickson

For some soldiers, learning to live with physical injuries or post-deployment stress in a clinical setting is a less than conducive atmosphere for making progress.

Rivers of Recovery, a Minnesota based nonprofit group, uses a different approach:  They take soldiers out into the woods and teach them to fly fish. The aim is to provide counseling, camaraderie and self-care tools that soldiers can build on.

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Medical Costs
12:35 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Effective But Costly: Prison Officials Debate New Hepatitis Drug

Inmates at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton receive certificates after a seminar with Rich Feffer of the Hepatitis Education Project.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

About 3.2 million people in the U.S. have hepatitis C, a highly contagious virus that can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Dr. Jody Rich, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Rhode Island, said prisons carry a heavy load of the disease, but they also have built in health care.

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Military
5:45 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Pentagon Finds No Mishandling Of Seattle Man's Medal Of Honor

Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Will Swenson in KUOW's green room, Nov. 8, 2013.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

A Defense Department report released to KUOW has found no wrongdoing by senior command officials responsible for the lost Medal of Honor nomination for Captain William Swenson.

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Bus Cuts
8:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Metro Briefs King County Council On Proposed Service Reductions

Flickr Photo/Atomic Taco (CC BY-NC-ND)

A committee of the King County Council heard some of the particulars behind Metro Transit’s proposed plan to reduce service by 16 percent after voters rejected Proposition 1 last week.

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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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