Patricia Murphy

Reporter

Patricia Murphy is an award-winning reporter at KUOW Public Radio in Seattle focusing on military affairs, veterans' issues and criminal justice. She began her career at WBUR Boston in 1994 and has worked at KUOW since 2000.

Patricia's most recent series, “Less than Honorable,” investigated how the military handles more than 3,000 sexual assault cases each year. Her 2011 collaboration with the Seattle Times, “The Weight of War,” looked at heavy loads carried by troops and the increase in chronic orthopedic injuries as a result; the series won a national award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism from the Association of Healthcare Journalists. She also received a national Edward R. Murrow Award for a documentary on IV drug use and has had her work recognized with awards from the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

In 2012, Patricia was inducted into the Dart Society, a network of journalists who cover trauma, conflict and social injustice. In a briefing document accidentally sent to her by an Army public affairs officer, Patricia was described as “a professional, no-nonsense reporter who comes to the table fully prepared,” though her colleagues at KUOW might also describe her as the station cut-up.

Patricia holds a B.A. from Emerson College in Boston.

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Highway Safety
1:46 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Cell Phone Use Partly To Blame For Skagit River Bridge Collapse

The Skagit River bridge after its collapse on March 23, 2013.
Credit Associated Press Photo/Elaine Thompson

Poor planning and distracted driving were two reasons for the collapse of the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River, federal officials said Tuesday.

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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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Neighborhoods
11:29 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Eight Guns, One Week: South Seattle Fights Street Violence

Concerned neighbors in Othello Park, from left, Sarah Valenta, program coordinator for HomeSight, Daphne Schneider, co-chair of the Othello Park Alliance and Patrice Thomas, Community and Economic Development Assistant at Southeast Effective Development (SEED).
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

Twenty-three years ago, acting Captain Steve Strand was patrolling Columbia City on a mountain bike, busting alleyway crack dealers. The officers under his charge are still patrolling on mountain bikes, but the neighborhood landscape has changed.

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Defense Strategy
9:27 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Tearful But Not Dramatic: Sentencing Videos Aim To Humanize Defendants

Tommy Sanderson, his mother Victoria, and father Richard Sanderson in his sentencing video.
Credit Courtesy of Federal Public Defenders office.

Every sentencing comes down to two things according to attorney Michael Filipovic: Why did this person commit this crime, and why is he not going to do it again?

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Corruption
7:36 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Charges: SWAT Cop Pimped Wife, Stole Ammunition And Peddled Steroids

Darrion Holiwell, a veteran deputy at the King County Sheriff's Office, has been arrested and charged with promoting prostitution and pedaling steroids. This is a promotional photo from his company's website.

A veteran King County Sheriff’s deputy is behind bars after an investigation found that he had pimped his wife, stolen equipment from the county gun range and pedaled steroids.

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Commencement
3:17 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

One Week After Shooting, Seattle Pacific Prepares For Graduation

Ivy encircles the Tiffany Loop on the campus of Seattle Pacific University.
Credit Patricia Murphy

It’s been a week since a gunman open fire on the Seattle Pacific University campus killing one student and injuring two others.

The mood was different Friday as students and loved ones celebrated the university’s annual Ivy Cutting. The ceremony, a tradition since 1922, represents the cutting of students' ties to the university and the independence following graduation.

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Shooting
8:35 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Shell Casings On The Carpet: Students Describe SPU Shooting Scene

As the sun set on Thursday evening, students from Seattle Pacific University gathered outside. The church service they had wanted to attend following a shooting on their campus was too packed to accommodate them.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

KUOW reporter Carolyn Adolph describes the scene of the SPU shooting Thursday, including first hand accounts from students in Otto Miller Hall.

KUOW reporter Patricia Murphy reports from the SPU campus following a shooting Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday afternoon, Daniel Martin received the text that every university president dreads: His campus was on lockdown. There was a gunman.

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Shooting
4:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Students Tackle Gunman In Fatal Seattle Pacific University Shooting

Jillian Smith, a 20-year-old student at Seattle Pacific University, took this photo as she ran out of the Otto Miller building. As she ran out, police rushed in.
Credit Courtesy Jillian Smith

Updated 9:20 p.m. PT:

One person was killed and three others were wounded on Thursday afternoon when a lone suspect entered a classroom building at Seattle Pacific University and opened fire with a shotgun, according to police officials.

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Trauma Research
9:42 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Patient Preference In PTSD Treatment Improves Quality Of Life, Cost Effectiveness

When patients receive treatment for PTSD they normally don’t get asked what kind of therapy they’d like to receive. Often the provider will use the therapy that is most familiar to them.

That can include antidepressants or psychotherapy, maybe both.

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Law Enforcement
1:04 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Feds: Seattle Police Officers' Lawsuit Has No Merit

US Attorney Jenny Durkan talks to reporters at the Federal Building in Seattle.
Credit KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan slammed a lawsuit filed by more than a hundred Seattle police officers who filed a legal complaint against city and federal officials. The officers say a new policy that dictates how police can use force restricts their constitutional rights to protect themselves.

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Mental Illness
3:10 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Washington ACLU Urges High Court To End Psychiatric Boarding

Advocates for the mentally ill filed a friend of the court brief with the Washington State Supreme Court urging the justices to uphold a Pierce County judge's ruling. The state's high court will hear arguments in the case next month. Last year, Pierce County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Nelsons ruled that boarding the mentally ill was illegal. 

Post-Deployment Recovery
11:04 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Fly Fishing As A Meditative, Healing Process For Veterans

Sgt. Kurt Erickson fishing on the Naches River as part of a Rivers of Recovery trip.
Courtesy of Kurt Erickson

For some soldiers, learning to live with physical injuries or post-deployment stress in a clinical setting is a less than conducive atmosphere for making progress.

Rivers of Recovery, a Minnesota based nonprofit group, uses a different approach:  They take soldiers out into the woods and teach them to fly fish. The aim is to provide counseling, camaraderie and self-care tools that soldiers can build on.

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Medical Costs
12:35 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Effective But Costly: Prison Officials Debate New Hepatitis Drug

Inmates at the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton receive certificates after a seminar with Rich Feffer of the Hepatitis Education Project.
KUOW Photo/Patricia Murphy

About 3.2 million people in the U.S. have hepatitis C, a highly contagious virus that can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Dr. Jody Rich, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University in Rhode Island, said prisons carry a heavy load of the disease, but they also have built in health care.

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Military
5:45 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Pentagon Finds No Mishandling Of Seattle Man's Medal Of Honor

Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Will Swenson in KUOW's green room, Nov. 8, 2013.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

A Defense Department report released to KUOW has found no wrongdoing by senior command officials responsible for the lost Medal of Honor nomination for Captain William Swenson.

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Bus Cuts
8:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Metro Briefs King County Council On Proposed Service Reductions

Flickr Photo/Atomic Taco (CC BY-NC-ND)

A committee of the King County Council heard some of the particulars behind Metro Transit’s proposed plan to reduce service by 16 percent after voters rejected Proposition 1 last week.

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