Kara McDermott

Web Producer

Kara McDermott is a graduate of the University of Washington where she received a B.A. in English and a certificate in editing. A former intern of the KUOW web department, she brings her experience in fixing web-breaking em dashes to the role of web producer. Kara has worked as a freelance editor and business office manager to develop her skills in web maintenance, marketing and communication.

In 2011, she parlayed her passion for journalism and sport by becoming the women’s soccer editor for Prost Amerika. She covers the top local leagues as well as the US National Team, traveling recently to Portugal for the Algarve Cup and to Vancouver to cover the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Kara has been an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society as event chair for the Green Lake Relay for Life since 2010.

Though now retired from contact sports, Kara continues to play flag football on the weekends and is a member and instructor for the Bollywood Seattle Performers, a local professional dance troupe. She is also an avid ballroom dancer.

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Ballot Avoidance
4:08 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

No Proposal Yet From Mayor's Minimum Wage Committee

Mayor Ed Murray addresses the press on Thursday afternoon, flanked by demonstrators on both sides of the minimum wage debate.
KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and his Income Inequaltiy Committee have not yet reached an agreement in raising the minimum wage.

Murray was expected to announce an initial proposal for the City Council at a press conference Thursday afternoon, but said that though the committee had reached an agreement in principle, there was not yet a viable proposal.

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Oso Devastation
6:52 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Gov. Inslee: 'We're Providing Every Opportunity To Find That Miracle'

A young boy attends a Sunday church service at the First Baptist Church in Darrington, Wash., a week after the devastating Oso mudslide.
Credit KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

As the local community held Sunday church services a week after the devastating Oso mudslide, searchers continued their work in the sodden destruction zone.

The Snohomish County Medical Examiner confirmed on Sunday evening that 21 people have died in the mudslide. Of these, only 15 have been officially identified.

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Oso Tragedy
10:09 am
Fri March 28, 2014

A Hard Day Ahead For Search Operations In The Mudslide

Search and rescue workers on the west side of slide.
Flickr Photo/GovInslee (National Guard) (CC-BY-NC-ND)

With 100 percent chance of rain in the forecast for Friday, Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots held a brief conference in the morning to update on the progress of the Oso mudslide.

Hots said the rain makes the efforts of the workers in the debris field, now in their seventh day of search operations, slow and complicated. “We’ve got a hard day ahead of us,” Hots said.

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Oso Mudslide
9:53 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Fire Chief: 'We're Going To Exhaust All Options To Find Someone Alive'

Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots at a recent press conference about the Oso mudslide.
KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots was not at the press conferences on Wednesday after he was urged to get some rest in the wake of the ongoing response to the fatal Oso mudslide.

Instead, Hots said he headed to the site of the slide to survey the area and interact with the volunteers who continue to dig through the swampy conditions with bulldozers, shovels and their hands in an attempt to find people believed to be buried in the mud.

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Controversial Literature
12:24 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Salman Rushdie And The Heroism Of Ordinary People

Salman Rushdie's new memoir, "Joseph Anton."

It was Valentine’s Day 1989 when Salman Rushdie got a call from a BBC reporter. She asked him how it felt to be sentenced to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini. He thought, “I’m a dead man.”

Starting at the age of 41, Rushdie spent almost 10 years living under the threat of murder because of a book he’d written, "The Satanic Verses."

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SR Tunnel Project
1:58 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Bertha's Progress

Bertha's launch pit.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Bertha, the world's biggest tunneling machine, is a five-story-tall monstrosity of drilling tasked with digging out the tunnel for State Route 99 to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

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Transportation Monopoly
2:27 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington State Ferries: Born From A Rates War

The Lincoln was one of the ferries employed by Vashon Island residents when they established their own independent ferry service.
Credit Courtesy of Steven J Pickens

In 1948, at the height of discontent over a Puget Sound transportation controversy, a group of agitated locals, nicknamed the “Vashon vigilantes,” prevented the ferry Illahee from docking.

A local business man, two candidates for governor and a network of traversing boats came to a head over a seemingly simple issue: how much to charge to cross the waterways between cities and islands.

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Blue And Green Highway
2:06 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington State Ferries: Replacing Aging Icons

A welder at Vigor Industrial works on a new ferry for the Washington State Ferry System.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Cherie LaMaine is a ferry walker on the Edmonds-Kingston line: She makes laps around the deck as the boat glides from port to port.

The habit started with her husband when he needed to make frequent trips to Swedish Hospital. “We would still walk, holding hands,” LaMaine said. “He couldn't walk too fast, but it was great.”

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Death Penalty Moratorium
11:11 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Gov. Inslee: 'There Have Been Too Many Doubts Raised About Capital Punishment'

Governor Jay Inslee issued a moratorium on the death penalty in Washington on Tuesday during a press conference.
Jay Inslee's Facebook page.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued a moratorium Tuesday on the use of the death penalty in Washington state during his term.

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Sports
12:56 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

The Real Soccer Moms: Elite Women Players Return After Giving Birth

Seattle Reign FC defender Stephanie Cox and her daughter Kaylee are greeted by Washington Spirit opponent (but US National teammate) Ali Krieger at a league game in July.
Credit Courtesy of mikerussellfoto.com/Mike Russell

When US Soccer announced last year where national team members would play in the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League, Seattle Reign FC scored offensive powerhouse Amy Rodriguez.

But Rodriguez, 26, would never play a single game for Seattle.

After the teams were set, Rodriguez found out that she was pregnant and unavailable for the season. “We were quite surprised. We weren’t planning on starting a family this year,” Rodriguez told KUOW.

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2:27 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Kids In Europe's "Adventure Playgrounds" Allowed To Take Risks

Lead in text: 
A tradition in Europe since World War II, "adventure playgrounds" look like junkyards and may be just as dangerous. Adults watch from a distance, making gentle suggestions like "perhaps you might try putting the fire out this way?" The link below will take you to a fascinating radio documentary that calls into questions all our assumptions about childhood risks - and what kids might miss out on when we eliminate all those risks. Warning to parents: this piece may cause you to ache with a vague sense of unease.
July 30th, 2013 | by Erin Davis with help from Viki Merrick Transom is proud to premiere another piece from our Donor Fund-work subsidized by those of YOU who contribute to Transom. Adventure Playgrounds are public spaces for children that encourage managed risk. At a quick glance, they look like junkyards.
First Ballot Drop
8:53 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Elections 2013 Results

KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Below are the results of the Nov. 5 elections. Results are as of 11/5/2013 at 9:21 p.m. Please be aware that due to write-ins, percentages might not add up to 100 percent.

  • Ed Murray: 56%
  • Mike McGinn: 43%

Related Content: KUOW's Coverage Of The Seattle Mayor's Race

Counties Reporting: 39/39

Initiative 517: Concerning Protections For Initiative Signature Gatherers

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1:06 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

The Rise And Fall Of The Cul-De-Sac

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Once a symbol of freedom from the city, now despised amongst urban hipsters. Why have culs-de-sac fallen out of favor? Because they don't work very well, but also because wealth has shifted away from suburbs and into cities.
When people critique cul-de-sacs, a lot of the time, they're actually critiquing the suburbs more generally. The cul-de-sac has become sort of like the mascot of the suburbs- like if suburbia had a flag, it would have a picture of a cul-de-sac on it.
12:20 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

How World Series Pitcher Koji Uehara Communicates Without A Common Language

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English is not necessary if you speak baseball.
He may not speak English fluently, but Koji Uehara doesn't need English to be fluent in the language of baseball. It's as easy as: A, B, C. Or, rather make that: one, two, three. "One finger is a fast ball; sometimes that index finger'll get swirled, that'll mean a two seam fastball; sometimes there'll be a sharp knifing motion, that means cut fastball.
10:11 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Kenya's High Tech Solutions For Low Income Problems

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Kenya had a lot of press coverage during the attack on the Westgate mall last month. The stories revealed deep class divisions in East Africa. Some entrepreneurs from Nairobi's thriving startup economy are using technology to bridge that divide between rich and poor.
The Innovation Trails Ryan Delaney recently returned from a reporting trip to Kenya. This is the first of the stories he filed. You can find the rest of

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