Jeannie Yandel


Year started with KUOW: 2001

Jeannie Yandel has always been a sucker for a good story.  And she had an epiphany one morning listening to Morning Edition – the consistently best stories out there were coming from NPR.  So in 2001, she started as an intern here at KUOW, working for Weekday.

Since then, Jeannie's produced nearly every show out of KUOW, from Morning Edition to Rewind to The Conversation.  Now she's a producer for The Record.  Her job is to help the people who live in the Puget Sound area tell their own amazing stories on the radio.  It's a pretty perfect job.

Ways To Connect

cat drinking water
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Jeannie Yandel speaks with Maia Bellon, director of the Washington State Department of Ecology, about Governor Jay Inslee's proposal for revised water quality standards.

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Jeannie Yandel talks to Dr. Stanley Herring, co-director of UW Medicine's Sports Health and Safety Institute, about the safety of high school football players and other teen athletes. Herring is also medical director of Spine, Sports and Orthopedic Health at UW Medicine and a team doctor for the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Mariners. 

Herring said he would allow a child to play football, or another sport, only under these terms: The program has well-trained coaches; there is an emergency medical action plan in place; coaches, parents and athletes were educated about the risk of all injuries – not just concussions; and there was a plan for practices and games that limited unnecessary exposure to injury.

Flowers at a memorial for the 2014 Seattle Pacific University shooting.
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Jeannie Yandel talks with Seattle Pacific University student Chris Howard about his experience dealing with the aftermath of the 2014 shooting at SPU in light of the recent school shooting at Umpqua Community College in  Roseburg, Oregon.

David Schmader wrote The Stranger's "Last Days" column for 15 years.
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For David Schmader the state of U.S. media is summed up by what happened after New York magazine published a cover story about Bill Cosby’s accusers.

Schmader, who recently left The Stranger after 16 years, told KUOW’s Jeannie Yandel that he had been chafing under the changes wrought by the Internet over the past decade. And then came that story and cover.

A Coast Guard C-130 flies over the Arctic Ocean during an Office of Naval Research-sponsored study of the changing sea ice, ocean and atmosphere.
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Jeannie Yandel talks to Rear Admiral Gerd Glang, head of NOAA's office of coast survey, about why only 1 percent of the U.S. Arctic Ocean has been mapped with modern tools. 

How Trauma Ripples Through A Community

Oct 2, 2015
Community members gather for a candlelight vigil for those killed in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.
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Jeannie Yandel sits down with Dr. Doug Zatzick, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Washington who also works with PTSD patients at Harborview Medical Center, to discuss how the Roseburg community can recover from the tragic mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle.
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Jeannie Yandel talks to Brigid Schulte, the author of "Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time," about the Gates Foundation's announcement Thursday that the organization will offer up to 52 weeks parental leave during the first year of a child's birth or adoption.

Such a little bandaid for a big ouch!
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When writer Eula Biss was pregnant, she absorbed some of the fear about vaccines.   

“Fear is almost contagious itself, and so I caught some fears,” she told KUOW’s Jeannie Yandel.

Alcohol bottles
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Jeannie Yandel talks to Dr. Ali Mokdad about the rise in binge drinking among women in King County and what it means for the health of the community. 

Fisherman in Coos Bay, Oregon where 21 percent of residents live below the poverty level.
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Jeannie Yandel talks to photographer Matt Black about his photo series, "The Geography of Poverty," and about how poor Northwest communities compare to impoverished towns across America. Black's photos were published by MSNBC

Pope Francis in a file photo from 2013.
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Jeannie Yandel talks to Mary Dispenza, author and director of the Northwest branch of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, about Pope Francis' visit to the United States. 

File photo of kids playing tag.
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Traditional tag is back in the Mercer Island School District.

The district had decided to ban the perennial favorite game from its playgrounds as part of a "hands-off" policy among children meant to reduce injuries and bullying.

File photo of Joint Base Lewis-McChord headquarters.
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Outrage is growing over the potential discharge of a Special Forces soldier from Joint Base Lewis McCord who beat an Afghan police commander accused of raping a young boy.

The practice of bacha bazi – an Afghan term for powerful men using adolescent boys for sex – and just what American troops have or haven’t done about it is getting renewed attention now, but the debate isn't new.


Seattleite Amelia Bonow is not the type to whisper about anything. But her abortion was something she kept to herself – until a few days ago.

Smoking marijuana joint
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Jeannie Yandel talks to Sarah Mirk, online editor for Bitch Media, about Oregon's recreational marijuana law and why it allows Oregonians with marijuana convictions on their record to wipe the slate clean.