Deborah Wang

Reporter

Deborah Wang is a news and feature reporter for KUOW. She covers a range of subjects, but focuses on stories about business and politics.

Deborah joined the KUOW staff in the fall of 2005. She is an award–winning radio and television journalist whose career spans more than two decades. A long–time network foreign correspondent, Deborah has reported from close to two dozen countries, including China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Rwanda, Kuwait, and Iraq.

Deborah's first reporting job was at public radio station WFCR in Amherst, Massachusetts. In 1990, she went to work for National Public Radio, and served as NPR's Asia correspondent, based in Hong Kong. In 1993, she went to work for ABC News as a television correspondent in Beijing and Hong Kong, and covered, among other things, Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule. In 1999, she set up the network's first news bureau in Seattle.

Deborah has also worked as an on–air anchor for CNN International, and for the nationally syndicated public radio show Here and Now.

Deborah has won numerous awards for her reporting, including the Alfred I. DuPont Silver Baton for coverage of the first Gulf War, and the Overseas Press Club's Lowell Thomas Award for best radio documentary on Cambodia.

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Marijuana
4:10 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Not Much, But Who Cares? Seattle Kicks Off Pot Sales

Cannabis City, Seattle's first recreational marijuana store, used police tape for their tongue-in-cheek ribbon-cutting.
KUOW Photo/Michael Clinard

Patricia Murphy reports from Cannabis City: lots of excited, tired people who can't wait to get home and smoke a bowl.
Marcie Sillman speaks with reporter Patricia Murphy at the opening of Cannabis City on KUOW's "The Record."

It was a false countdown to high noon, when Cannabis City, a store in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood, was supposed to start selling marijuana.

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Minimum Wage
11:05 am
Wed July 2, 2014

$15 Wage Supporters Say Foes Are Playing Dirty

Leaflet from supporters of $15 an hour minimum wage warns voters that the Forward Seattle petition campaign seeks to repeal the new law.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

UPDATE 7/2/2014, 4:51 p.m. PT: 

Forward Seattle, a group opposing Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage law, today submitted its petitions to put the law up for a popular vote.  

The Seattle City Clerk’s office says the group turned in more than 19,000 signatures. 16,510 signatures are required to put the law on the ballot. 

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Courts
9:57 am
Wed June 25, 2014

New Frontiers On The Minimum Wage Fight

Forward Seattle co-chair Kathrina Tugadi collecting signatures at the recent Fremont Fair
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Seattle’s new $15 an hour minimum wage is scheduled to start phasing in next April. But it first must survive several challenges, both in court and at the ballot box.

Franchisees are challenging the law in court, and two separate groups are collecting signatures to put the law to a popular vote on this November’s ballot.

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City Hall
4:49 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

15 Now Could Not Have Floated A Charter Amendment This Year

Organizers for 15 Now, a campaign to change the city charter to include a $15 hourly wage.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Marcie Sillman speaks to KUOW's Deborah Wang about the story behind the $15/hour wage law.

Last week, Seattle became the first city in the nation to establish a $15 minimum wage for all workers. The framework was established by a panel of business, labor and community leaders, which the City Council passed in record time.

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Stalled Investment
10:07 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Minimum Wage Limbo Keeps Small Business Owners Up At Night

Jody Hall, owner of Cupcake Royale, was an early supporter of the mayor's plan to raise the minimum wage to $15. Now she is having serious second thoughts.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

As the Seattle City Council continues to debate a plan to phase in a $15 minimum wage, and as minimum wage advocates gather signatures to put an even stronger measure on the November ballot, businesses in the city are finding themselves in an uncomfortable position: in limbo.

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Looking Ahead
12:24 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Among Supporters Of $15 Minimum Wage, Some Trepidation

The Downtown Emergency Services Center operates an emergency shelter for homeless people, along with permanent housing, at The Morrison Building in Seattle's Pioneer Square
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Non-profit human service providers Wednesday voiced concerns on Wednesday about a proposed plan to raise the minimum wage in Seattle to $15 an hour.

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Active Search Ends
8:02 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Detour Around Oso Mudslide Opens To Reconnect Darrington, I-5 Corridor

Jeannine Carr serves lunch at Rhodes River Ranch, one of the few open businesses in Oso, to Martha Lu Nunn and Kathleen Rhodes (no relation) of FEMA.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

The end of the large-scale recovery operation at the site of the Oso mudslide means that a road around the slide zone, once reserved for emergency vehicles, will be open for traffic.

State transportation officials opened the new detour, a primitive gravel road on Seattle City Light property, Monday night for local traffic.

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Fatal Mudslide
12:31 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Active Search Efforts End In Oso Mudslide

Messages of support hang inside the Oso Fire Department.
Flickr Photo/Snohomish County (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Marcie Sillman talks with State Search and Rescue Coordinator Chris Long about the decision to call off active search and rescue in Oso, Wash.

This morning, Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary announced the end of active search operations at the site of the March 22 mudslide near Oso, Wash.

Trenary said it was a difficult decision to make and relied on “a little bit of soul searching and a lot of information from the scene.”

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$15 Campaign
8:42 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Seattle Mayor To Announce Plan For Raising Minimum Wage

Demonstrators in Seattle formed a human chain around City Hall Wednesday in support of a $15 minimum wage.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is expected to announce his proposal for a minimum wage increase Thursday afternoon after his advisory committee was unable to reach a consensus.

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Mount Everest Avalanche
10:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Seattle Mountaineering Company Shaken By Deaths On Everest

Staff members of Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International, in a photo taken earlier this year. Five of the team's Sherpas were killed in last week's avalanche on Mt. Everest.
Credit Courtesy Alpine Ascents International

Last Friday’s avalanche on Mount Everest was especially devastating for one Seattle-based mountaineering company.

Of the 16 Sherpa guides killed, five of them were employees of Alpine Ascents International.

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Homes On Coastal Bluffs
11:26 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Perkins Lane: Seattle's Poster Child For Landslide Risk

Ruth Trail, a resident of the Magnolia area of Seattle, surveys where a landslide took out homes on Perkins Lane in 1996.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

It’s no secret that Western Washington is prone to landslides. The combination of glacial soils, steep slopes and water creates a risk that’s greater than in other parts of the U.S.

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Rideshare Services
9:15 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Seattle City Council Legalizes Rideshares, But Puts Cap On Cars

Drivers and supporters of app-based rideshare service UberX pack Seattle City Council chambers.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

You may see fewer cars with pink mustaches on the road in the coming months.

Seattle’s City Council yesterday gave final approval to a plan that would limit the number of cars that rideshare companies like Lyft, UberX and Sidecar can operate.

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Labor Expenses
11:39 am
Thu March 13, 2014

'It's Complicated:' A Small Business And Its Employees Struggle With Minimum Wage Debate

Destiny Sund, co-owner of The Confectional, steps in to help with mixing a crust with baker Heather Hodge.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

The push to raise the minimum wage in Seattle was just a campaign slogan last fall. But now it's on a fast track. Mayor Ed Murray has said that he will propose a minimum wage increase this spring.

But many of the people who would be affected are just starting to assess the costs and benefits.

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Labor Debate
7:57 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Seattle Residents Testify For, Against $15 Minimum Wage At Packed Hearing

Members of the group 15 Now greet people arriving to testify at the Seattle City Council public hearing on minimum wage on Wednesday, March 6.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Hundreds of people descended on Seattle's Town Hall last night for the first in a series of public hearings on the minimum wage.

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Marijuana Tax
9:20 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Seattle City Council Rejects Tax Break For Pot Growers

Flickr Photo/Scott Beale (CC BY-NC-ND)

Marijuana growers who want to sell their products in Seattle will have to pay business license tax to the city.

On Monday, the City Council voted not to give pot growers a tax break reserved for farmers.

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