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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Judicial Conduct
12:51 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

King County Judge Admonished For 'One Day Special' In Courtroom

Flickr Photo/SalFalko (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The Washington Commission on Judicial Conduct admonished a King County judge this week for offering the equivalent of a “one day special” in her courtroom.

On April 26, 2013, Judge Victoria Seitz had a full docket in the King County District Court.

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Minimum Wage Debate
9:38 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Survey: Minimum Wage Hike Could Force Nonprofits To Cut Services

Fast-food workers and minimum wage advocates marched from SeaTac to Seattle in December as part of a national demonstration for a $15 minimum wage.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

A Seattle Human Services Coalition survey says increasing the minimum wage to $15 would hurt critical services for low-income families. Out of the 29 nonprofits surveyed, 21 said they would have to cut services if forced to raise wages to that level.

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Overdose Medication Training
2:36 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington's Take On Overdose Antidote Naloxone

Naloxone or Narcan is an antidote to an opiate.
Flickr Photo/M (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with KUOW's Patricia Murphy about a pharmacy on Capitol Hill that is offering training around an opiate overdose medication called Naloxone.

Downtown Parking
8:12 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Seattle Testing Replacements For Aging, Frustrating Parking Meters

Seattle's green parking meters are aging and need replacement, according to the city.
Flickr Photo/sea turtle (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Paul Freed lives in downtown Seattle and currently uses the city’s app to pay for parking with his phone – even when he’s standing right in front of the meter. “It's way more convenient,” Freed said. “You don’t need to fumble around for your credit card in the rain.”

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Command Culture
7:47 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Department Of Defense Declines To Release Investigation Into Bales' Command

Masooma, pictured with her children, recounted the events of pre-dawn March 11, 2012 when she says a U.S. soldier rampaged through two villages killing 16 people, mostly children. Staff Sergeant Robert Bales pleaded guilty to the massacre.
AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus

The Department of Defense has denied a request by reporters for information about Staff Sergeant Robert Bales’ murder of 16 Afghan civilians.

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Prescription Supply
11:20 am
Thu January 30, 2014

'Opiate Refugees' Caught Between Pharmacies, Suppliers And The Law

Flickr Photo/Greg McMullin

This week the state Department of Health reported that prescription drug overdose deaths are down 27 percent since 2008. But curbing fraud and abuse of powerful opiates has come at a price for some legitimate patients who say they’re suffering unnecessary pain due to delays at pharmacies. 

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
5:32 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Still No Answers For Stuck Bertha

Washington Department of Transportation's Matt Preedy points out the new roadway that will lead into the tunnel.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

So far, crews trying to determine what’s stalling the State Route 99 tunnel machine have found a hard object more than three feet wide lodged in it.

They’ve also found metal and plastic piping. But what exactly is causing the stoppage is still unknown.

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Postscripts
4:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Injured Vet Uses Film To Advocate, Connect With Civilians

A still from Keith Curry's short film "Hero," starring his own son Kyler.

Keith Curry wanted to be a career soldier, but injuries he sustained while deployed to Iraq ended that future.

“So,” Curry asked himself, “how can I continue to contribute?”

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Police
6:20 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Judge Approves New Use-Of-Force Policy For Seattle Police

Police officers in downtown Seattle.
Credit Wikimedia Commons/Joe Mabel

Beginning next year Seattle police officers will be required to carry at least one weapon such as pepper spray in addition to their service revolvers.

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Death Row Retrial
6:46 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Darold Stenson Sentenced To Two Life Terms After Retrial

Darold Stenson glances around the courtroom during the first day of testimony in his retrial Sept. 23, 2013, in Port Orchard, Wash.
Credit AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Former death row inmate Darold Stenson was sent back to prison yesterday for the murder of his wife, Denise Stenson, and business partner, Frank Hoerner.

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Marijuana
10:30 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Eastside Suburb Fights Pot Grow, Says Too Close To School

The site of a proposed marijuana growing and processing facility in Redmond Ridge.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

The King County Council will revisit a proposal Monday on a controversial zoning plan for growing marijuana in unincorporated parts of the county.

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Murder Retrial
9:36 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Clallam County Dips Into Reserves For Death Penalty Case

Clallam County Courthouse
Flickr Photo/J. Stephen Conn

Clallam County has spent nearly a million dollars this year for the retrial of former death row inmate Darold Stenson in the most expensive trial in the county’s history.

As a result, county commissioners released on Monday nearly half a million dollars in emergency reserve funding for the Superior Court to pay for it.

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Fraud Investigation
6:34 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Auditor: Property Management Employee Diverted $50K from Snohomish County

An employee of a contractor hired by Snohomish County diverted more than $50,000 from the county’s Housing Authority, the state auditor has determined.

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Health Care
7:53 am
Mon December 2, 2013

'I Just Want To Manage My Life': Painkiller Law Leaves Some Patients Behind

Theresa Young and the squirrel-proof bird feeder. Young was left scrambling after her doctor dropped her from his practice following the passage of a pain management law.
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Theresa Young, a cancer survivor, could watch the birds outside her Renton apartment for hours. It brings her peace, she says.

The birds line up, one at a time, for their turn to duck into a hole to feed from an amazingly squirrel-proof trough. 

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Newsies
8:37 am
Thu November 21, 2013

As Real Change Expands to Eastside, Vendors Worry About Stigma

Buddy McArdle, a Real Change newspaper vendor, was in Bellevue to recruit new vendors for the papers expansion.
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

At a day shelter for homeless men in downtown Bellevue, Buddy McArdle was working hard trying to convince the men there to become vendors for Real Change.

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