Amy Radil


Amy Radil joined KUOW as a reporter covering politics and government in 2005. She got her start in radio as a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio from 1997 to 2000. She then freelanced for four years from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, contributing primarily to two public radio programs, The World and Marketplace. Amy graduated from Williams College in 1994 and received an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1997.


Police Reform
4:31 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Seattle Police's Oversight Office Moves Into 'More Welcoming' Space

SPD's oversight team, headed by Pierce Murphy, has moved into a space meant to be more welcoming complainants -- civilian and police alike.
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Someone pursuing a complaint about a Seattle police officer no longer needs to enter the Seattle Police Department to do so. Instead, the department’s civilian oversight director has moved his office into a space he says will be more welcoming.

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Dueling Ballots
10:25 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Do Background Checks Prevent Gun Violence?

Alan Gottlieb is backing a measure to keep private gun sales unchanged in Washington.
KUOW Photo/Austin Jenkins

Washington’s upcoming vote on gun laws is being closely watched around the country.

It’s the first time a state has presented voters with two competing initiatives on gun regulations – one to require universal background checks and the other to prevent them. It’s also marked a new surge in campaign donations to regulate gun sales in Washington state. Advocates for background checks call the donations “a sea change” that could have ripple effects in other states.

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1:43 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Seattle Pushes Back On Microhousing -- To 220 Square Feet

Linda Alexander says Seattle is taking reasonable steps to regulate the boom in "microhousing"
Credit Amy Radil

The Seattle City Council is poised to approve new regulations governing microhousing. The bill would set new minimum requirements for tiny apartments and dorm-style projects. Developers say the regulations would kill off these projects entirely.

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SPD Community Meeting
1:42 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Seattle Police Chief Goes Directly To Public To Hear Concerns

Marcie Sillman sits down with KUOW reporter Amy Radil to talk about a recent meeting at the Capitol Hill precinct where Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole addressed police use of force and tickets that were issued for smoking marijuana in public.

Law Enforcement
2:54 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Seattle Police Disagree On How To Interpret New Use-Of-Force Policy

Seattle Police at the 2012 May Day demonstrations.
Flickr Photo/Tariq Abdel-Monem (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle police officers are not using enough force.

That’s according to an internal email sent last week. The email, obtained by KUOW, says that hesitancy to use force could pose risks to officers and the public.

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3:20 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Should Seattle Dismiss Citations For Smoking Pot In Public?

Pete Holmes buys marijuana on the first day of legalization in Seattle. A police officer who cited dozens of people for smoking pot in public took on the city attorney in his citations, calling him "Petey Holmes."
Credit KUOW Photo/Michael Clinard

In the first six months of its new ordinance, the Seattle Police Department issued about 100 citations for smoking pot in public.

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White Walls
10:10 am
Mon September 22, 2014

As Seattle Pacific University Resumes, Memories Of Shooting Linger

Jasmine Hairston, a senior at Seattle Pacific University, says many students still wear bracelets that say, "Pray for SPU."
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Jillian Smith, a student at Seattle Pacific University, recently returned to the building where a fatal shooting had taken place months before.

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Police budget
4:10 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Seattle Mayor Proposes Adding 100 New Officers Next Year

Seattle mayor Ed Murray says putting more police officers on the street will be one of his big-ticket budget priorities next year.


Murray’s 2015 budget proposal seeks to hire 100 additional police officers, a move that would cost $3.3 million dollars over two years.

SPD is also developing new policing plans for specific neighborhoods based on its most recent data.

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole says she plans to hire some civilians for in-house positions so officers can be freed up.

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Police Reform
9:27 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Resignation Leaves King County Sheriff Oversight In Doubt

Charles Gaither, former head of the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight
Credit Courtesy King County

Efforts to implement civilian oversight of the King County Sheriff’s Office have faced a rocky path. Last week the first person ever to head the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight resigned.

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9:38 am
Thu September 4, 2014

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan Steps Down To Seek Next Chapter

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan talks to reporters about police reform at the Federal Building in Seattle in May.
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Jenny Durkan, the U.S. Attorney for Western Washington, announced her resignation Wednesday, saying she felt the time was right to go.

Durkan spent five years as the region’s top law enforcement official, which she said was longer than she’d planned.

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Pot Law Challenged
5:12 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Judge Rules That Cities Have Power To Ban Marijuana Sales

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson says Pierce County ruling is good news for the viability of I-502.
Credit Amy Radil / KUOW

Friday’s ruling by a Pierce County judge was good news for Washington cities that want to ban marijuana stores. Yet it was also greeted with enthusiasm by supporters of the state’s marijuana legalization efforts.

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Retail Pot
9:59 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Tiny Fife Takes Center Stage In Marijuana Ban Lawsuit

KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

A lawsuit over bans on marijuana businesses is headed to Pierce County Superior Court. The legal challenge has put the tiny city of Fife in the spotlight. That’s because the case could potentially derail Washington’s new system for legalized marijuana.

Initiative 502 provided for a new regulatory system for legal marijuana sales. But does that law give cities the ability to ban marijuana businesses if they so choose? That’s the first question for the court.

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2:57 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Tommy Chong, 'The Face Of Pot,' Promotes His Brand In Seattle

Tommy Chong said he wants to do for marijuana what Paul Newman did for salad dressing.
Credit Amy Radil

As part of the comedy duo Cheech and Chong, Tommy Chong portrayed marijuana users as slapstick buffoons. But now he’s in Seattle for what he says is the serious endeavor of promoting the benefits of marijuana – and his personal brand.

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8:57 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Seattle Opera's Wagner Tubas: 'A New Sound We've Never Heard'

Principal horn player Jeff Fair with the state-of-the-art Wagner tuba. (He plays the solos in the audio version as well.)
Credit KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

As German composer Richard Wagner contemplated the Ring cycle in the 19th century, he decided it wasn’t enough to create a four-night saga of gods and humans.

He also envisioned an instrument that didn’t yet exist, one that could sound "strident" one moment and “gorgeous and mellow” the next. He wrote the music for the Ring in the 1860s and 70s with the instrument in mind. Then he commissioned someone to build it.

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8:25 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Seattle Parks District Proposition Ahead In Tuesday Primary

Credit Flickr Photo/John Biehler (Cc-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle’s Prop 1 is ahead 52.4 to 47.6 percent in Tuesday’s primary election totals. The measure would change the way park maintenance is funded. Supporters promise parks that are better maintained; opponents say accountability will be the challenge.

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