Ruby de Luna

Reporter

Ruby de Luna is a features reporter at KUOW. She had originally planned to go into TV, but ditched the idea after discovering public radio.  Ruby has reported on immigrant communities. She currently covers health care issues.  

Ruby is a transplant from Taipei, Taiwan. She holds a BA in communication from Seattle Pacific University. 

In the age of computer/digital audio editing, Ruby is proud to be one of the few old–schoolers who can still edit tape with a razor blade. In her free time she practices her knife skills on new recipes. 

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Malaysia Air Crash
5:18 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Medical Community Mourns Loss Of AIDS Research Leader

Seattle’s medical and research community is mourning the death of dozens of HIV researchers killed in the Malaysia Air crash Thursday.  The group was en route to Australia for the International Aids Conference.  

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Adoption
7:36 am
Fri July 18, 2014

The 'Luke I Am Your Father' Moment For This Adopted Woman

Lynne Hogan, left, accessed her birth records under a new state law.
Credit Courtesy of Lynne Hogan

Earlier this month KUOW introduced you to Lynne Hogan, 48, one of hundreds of Washington adoptees seeking information about their birth parents. A new law that took effect July 1 gave adoptees access to their birth records through the Washington State Department of Health.

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Teen Cancer
9:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Testicular Cancer Rate Rising Among Young Latinos

Testicular cancer is on the rise among young Latinos, according to a new study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University Of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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Aging
1:10 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Aging With Grace For Boomers With Disabilities

Lan Remme, 67, works with his wife Laura at Adaptive Yoga in the Central District.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

There’s a lot of emphasis on healthy aging, as more baby boomers hit 65. But what about those seniors who don’t ski and skydive for fun?

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Education
10:15 am
Wed July 2, 2014

New Summer Camp Launches For Kids With Autism And ADHD

It’s the season of summer camps, but kids with autism or ADHD are often left out because of behavior issues. But next week, they’ll get have another option, through a joint program between UW Autism Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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Adoption Law
4:51 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Second Try: Daughter Hopes Birth Mom Will Agree To Meet

Lynne Hogan has been on a quest to find her birth mother. She hopes Washington's new law giving adoptees access to their birth certificates.
Credit Courtesy of Lynne Hogan

Lynne Hogan has always wondered where she came from. She’s one of 540 adoptees who’ve requested a copy of their birth certificate under a new state law.

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Psychiatric Boarding
5:17 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State Supreme Court Considers Constitutionality Of Psychiatric Boarding

Credit Flickr Photo/Michael J (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Parking mentally ill patients in the emergency room while waiting for treatment is a common practice, but  also controversial. Psychiatric boarding, as it's known, used to be the exception. But in the last six years, the number of patients who've experienced it has nearly tripled.  Now the state Supreme Court is considering whether boarding is constitutional.

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Insurance Commissioner Hearing
10:50 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Whistleblower In Children's Hospital Hearing Alleges Pressure In Ruling

If you have a dispute with a government agency, chances are, your complaint will go through a process called an administrative hearing. These hearings usually haven’t attracted public attention — until recently.

Last October, Seattle Children’s Hospital challenged the Office of Insurance Commissioner for allowing health plans to exclude providers like Children’s from their networks.

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Health
3:25 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

High Court Will Decide If Regence Must Cover Autism Therapies

O.S.T. and L.H. – their initials in court documents – are minors diagnosed with autism. Their families sued Regence, the health insurance company, for not covering all therapies related to their condition.

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Labor
12:53 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Seattle Steps Closer To Setting Highest Minimum Wage In U.S.

Supporters of Mayor Murray's proposed $15 minimum wage packed a committee as council members discuss amendments to the plan. In the end, the committee unanimously passed the proposal.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

It was standing room only at Seattle’s city hall on Thursday, as councilmembers made changes to a minimum wage proposal. This signals that Seattle is poised to be the first city to pass a $15 minimum wage, the highest in the country.

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Health Literacy
7:41 am
Wed May 28, 2014

So Now You Have Health Care. Time To Find A Doctor

"Nolan the Colon" is featured at the annual Latina Health Fair in South Park. Residents can drop in for health screenings and get health information.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

You may have heard of financial literacy or media literacy. But what about health literacy: Are you able to get and understand basic health information?

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Sakura Celebration
11:06 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Japan Gifts UW With 18 Cherry Trees

Members of Seattle Kokon Taiko perform at a dedication ceremony for 18 new cherry trees given to the University of Washington from Japan.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

One of the first signs of spring is when the cherry trees bloom at the University of Washington. The iconic trees on the quad have become a symbol of the University’s ties to Japan. Yesterday, the University celebrated a gift from Japan — 18 new cherry trees to add to the campus.

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Health
10:15 am
Tue May 13, 2014

A Northwest Project To Curb Allergies, One Peanut At A Time

The trial involves wearing a skin patch that contains a small amount of peanut protein.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

David Baty remembers the first time he gave his son Spencer, 10, some peanuts.

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Health Reform
11:11 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Parents Discover That Even Obamacare Has Gaps

The Clarks, from left to right: Jenni, Luke, Jonathan and Micah. Micah, 2, was rushed to Children's with groin pain - his family later learned that Children's wasn't included in their new health plan.
Credit Photo Courtesy Jenni Clark

Not all health plans are the same, as Washington consumers have learned the hard way.

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Local Recipient
8:44 am
Fri April 25, 2014

White House Honors Community Health Enrollment 'Champions'

Teresita Batayola was honored at the White House Thursday for her outreach efforts in health care enrollment.
Credit Courtesy of International Community Health Services

This week the White House honored community heroes for their work in educating and signing up Asian American and Pacific Island residents for health care.

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