Jamala Henderson

Morning Newscaster/ Reporter

Jamala has been with KUOW since July 2004. She graduated from The Evergreen State college in Washington, where she focused on film, video and media studies. After several years working in video production, she began to pursue radio while working for the University of Washington's television station, UWTV. After a short stint as a volunteer radio host at KBCS public radio in Bellevue, she took the position of Broadcaster at the Evergreen Radio Reading Service, a radio reading service for the blind. 

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Gridlockalypse
10:09 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Brace Yourself: Major I-90 Closure Will Pinch Region's Roads

Sound Transit bus routes that run between Bellevue and Seattle are expected to have major delays. Those routes are 550, 554, 555, 556, 560, 566 and 567.
Credit Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy (CC BY-SA 2.0)

If you travel on I-90 between Bellevue and Seattle, the Washington State Department of Transportation has a message for you: Start making other plans.

Beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 18, road work will take westbound I-90 near Bellevue Way S.E. from four lanes down to one, around the clock, for seven days.

To help ease the pain, WSDOT is asking you to plan now to change your commute.

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Mystery Donation
12:20 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Goodwill Will Take Almost Any Donation, Except Your Old Skulls

Aut-3715: “Two human skulls prepared for clinical use that were donated to a Bellevue, Wash., thrift store. A third, older skull (not pictured) from a Native American child was also donated.”
Credit King County Medical Examiner's Office

It was certainly a surprise for some employees sorting through the piles of donations at a Goodwill located in Bellevue, Washington.

Last month, three human skulls were discovered amongst the bags of clothes, toys and other items being given to the thrift shop by anonymous donors.

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Artificial Intelligence
7:12 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Computer Program Knows That It's A Horse, Of Course

The self learning computer program "LEVAN" uses images to learn concepts, then displays a variety of results.
Credit University of Washington, Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence

When you do an image search on the web, you might find what you're looking for. Those searches use captions and other text around pictures to give you results. But what if a computer could recognize a horse because it was shaped like a horse? That's what a new program called LEVAN can do.

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Adoption
12:43 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Rep. Orwall Talks Expanded Birth Record Access For Washington Adoptees

Des Moines Representative Tina Orwall helped craft the new law that allows all Washington State adoptees access to their original birth records.

Knowing your medical history and where your parents are from are things you might take for granted – unless you are adopted.

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Xbox One
1:30 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Microsoft Takes Advantage Of Relaxed Game Console Ban In China

Flickr Photo/Marco Verch (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Microsoft may have found a way to pull ahead of the Sony Playstation — in China.

The company partnered this week with a Chinese company to bring its Xbox One gaming console out of the black market and into Chinese stores.

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King County Elections
2:59 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Lake Wash. School District Bonds Failing On Second Round

Credit Flickr Photo/Marie Coleman (CC BY-NC-SA)

Along with Proposition 1, another measure on some King County ballots appears to be failing. The construction bond measure for the Lake Washington School District needed 60 percent to pass.

Early returns had just 50 percent of voters approving it.

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Social Media
10:09 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Twitter Lessons From The Boston Marathon Bombings

Twitter exploded with misinformation during the Boston Marathon, but research Kate Starbird said that first response organizations were an example of good social media during a crisis.
Twitter Image/Boston Police Department

When the deadly Boston Marathon bombings happened a year ago, people flocked to social media sites like Twitter for information. But that led to some problems, including the misidentification of one of the suspected bombers and other reports that turned out to be false.

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Microsoft Names New CEO
10:47 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Analyst: Nadella 'Not A Marquee Name' But 'Solid Choice' For Microsoft CEO

Microsoft names Satya Nadella as its new CEO.
Flickr Photo/Heisenberg Media (CC BY-NC-ND)

Microsoft has confirmed that Satya Nadella, 46, will be its new CEO as of Tuesday.

Todd Bishop, co-founder of the tech website Geekwire, said Nadella, who has worked at Microsoft for 22 years, will be making a big leap. “He’s been a strong business leader inside the company, but he’s never led an organization at this scale before,” Bishop said.

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Tech Trash
12:03 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Washington Recycles Millions Of Gadgets, But That's Barely Keeping Up

A worker at Total Reclaim pulls apart what has become known as "tech trash." Although Washington state recycles 100,000 pounds every day, it's still just a drop in the bucket.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jamala Henderson

The loading dock at Total Reclaim in Seattle is piled high with electronic discards: phones, old TVs and computer carcasses. It is also deafening: Computer boards are shredded, and trucks roar in with new loads.

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Obituary
12:39 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

William Booker, Tuskegee Airman From Kirkland, Dies At 90

William Booker.
Courtesy of the Booker family.

William Booker, a bomber with the Tuskegee Airmen, never complained.

He didn't complain about being pushed from town to town – from Texas to Florida, to Michigan, to Indiana and to Kentucky – because whites didn’t want black troops stationed near their homes. Nor did he complain about being segregated from other fighter squadrons.

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Cracking The Code
11:44 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Live Event: Discussion About Gender And Tech

KUOW's Jamala Henderson attended a conference about encouraging young women to pursue careers in tech on Wednesday. Below are a collection of tweets -- many of them from Jamala -- that emerged from the conference. 

Cracking The Code
9:11 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Encouraging Girls, Women To Pursue Jobs In Tech

Elizabeth Brace, right, works on coding at a University of Washington camp.
Credit Courtesy of Megan Fu

It’s summertime in Seattle, and deep inside a basement classroom of the Paul Allen computer science building at the University of Washington, Justin Bieber is being deconstructed.

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Aerospace
9:59 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Boeing Introduces 777X, Boasts $95B In Advance Sales

Emirati officials greet each other on Sunday in front of an Emirates Airbus A380 on display during the opening day of the Dubai Airshow in Dubai.
AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili

Days after Boeing said it would look outside the Puget Sound area to build the 777X, the aerospace giant formally introduced the jetliner at the Dubai Airshow this weekend.

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Tech Industry
1:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Seattle Is The Wild West Of Game Design

A sculpture inside DigiPen beckoning viewers to the interactive media industry.
KUOW Photo/Jamala Henderson

One reason the Puget Sound region stayed stronger than some surrounding areas during the economic downturn is because of its tech industry. A particular bright spot is the computer gaming and interactive media industry.

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Technology Summit
11:08 am
Thu September 12, 2013

GeekWire’s Annual Tech Conference Powers Up

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