Steve Scher

Senior Host, The Record

Steve Scher came to KUOW as a graduate work–study student in 1986. He stayed because of the quality of stories being produced and the intelligence of his colleagues. Over the years, as a producer and host, Steve has had the opportunity to learn from activists, scientists, authors and KUOW listeners.

Steve has lived in Seattle since 1979. He moved here with his wife, who was pursuing a theater degree from the UW. She has gone on to work in many Seattle area theaters. She is now the business agent for her union. Her experiences have helped inform Steve's conversations about the workplace. They have two sons who attended Seattle's public schools. Their experiences have helped direct Steve's work at KUOW. Over the years Steve has received journalism fellowships that have taken him to Asia, Africa and Europe.  The stories told on KUOW, from education to the environment, are built upon these personal experiences.

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Tech News
11:25 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Amazon Customers Not A Fan Of New Prime Subscription Fee

Flickr Photo/cheukiecfu (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Geekwire's Todd Bishop about the region's tech news including Amazon's decision to raise the price of Amazon Prime membership dues from $79 a year to $99.

Hidden Treasures
3:30 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Nancy Pearl: Wandering The Aisles Of A Secondhand Bookstore

Flickr Photo/Kyle Mahan (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher and Nancy Pearl look for the treasures that can only be found at used bookstores. They visit Magus Books in the University District in Seattle.

The Week In Review
1:35 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

KOMO Helicopter Crash, State Ferries, And Minimum Wage Phase-In Proposal

The KOMO news helicopter crash killed two and injured one on Tuesday.
KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he'll review the city's regulations on helicopter use following Tuesday's crash of a KOMO News helicopter that killed two and injured one. Washington State Ferries chief David Moseley announces his resignation. Plus, Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant says she'll support a gradual phase-in of the $15 minimum wage for small businesses and nonprofits. 

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and Livewire host Luke Burbank.

State Transportation
4:16 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Financial Structure, Safety Among The Challeges Facing New Ferry Director

WSDOT Ferries Division Assistant Secretary David Moseley announced his resignation this week..
Flickr Photo/Washington State Department of Transportation (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Douglas MacDonald, former Secretary of Transportation for Washington and current contributing writer for Crosscut. MacDonald talks about the challenges awaiting the new director of the Washington State Ferries. Current director David Moseley resigned earlier this week. His last day is April 15.

Science & Technology
3:20 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Seattle Mini Maker Faire To Showcase Wacky Inventions

Seattle Mini Maker Faire in 2013.
Flickr Photo/majorbonnet (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Christin Boyd, founder and organizer of the Seattle Mini Maker Faire, about the "Maker Movement" and what we can expect to see this weekend at the the third annual event.

The Seattle Mini Maker Faire takes place at the EMP Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 22-23.

Cannabis Legalization
3:19 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Report: Pot Cases Plunge After Marijuana Legalization In Washington

Flickr Photo/Brett Levin (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Mark Cooke, policy advocate with the ACLU of Washington, about the organization's findings that the number of marijuana possession filings have dropped significantly since Washington legalized pot.

College Basketball
3:26 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

March Madness In The Workplace

Flickr Photo/mvongrue

Steve Scher talks with Andy Challenger, vice president of the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, about the firm's report that the college basketball tournament costs billions of dollars in worker productivity.

Fatal Crash
3:15 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Witness, Helicopter Pilot Provide Insight On Seattle Center Crash

A line of fire was formed from fuel that leaked out of the helicopter and the cars it hit on Tuesday morning. The Fire Department was quickly able to extinguish the flames.
Twitter Photo/Deb Slater

KUOW reporter Liz Jones speaks with Justin Rabung, who works a couple of blocks away from where a KOMO News helicopter crashed on Tuesday morning.

Also, Steve Scher speaks with Larry Welk about the technical aspects of the helicopter that was involved in the crash. Welk has been a helicoper pilot for 15 years and has a company in Los Angeles called Angel City Air which operates news helicopters.

Giving Back
12:45 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Fighting Discrimination Against Disabled Kids In Nepal

Photographer Robert Rose in Nepal.
Courtesy of Robert Rose

Steve Scher talks with Robert Rose, a Bellevue-area portrait photographer, about challenging Nepal's cultural bias against the disabled community. In 2005, he started the Rose International Fund for Children, a non-profit organization that seeks to assist children with disabilities in Nepal .

Bird Watching
2:46 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Noah Strycker: We Learn About Ourselves Through Bird Behavior

Hummingbirds
Flickr Photo/Coconino National Forest (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Noah Strycker about his book, “The Thing With Feathers: The Surprising Lives of Birds and What They Reveal about Being Human.”

Congress
2:38 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

U.S. Legislators Show Progress In Washington, D.C.

The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Flickr Photo/Humberto Moreno (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Andrea Seabrook, founder of DecodeDC, about how the so-called lame-duck Congress may be turning over a new leaf.

Marijuana Regulation
3:46 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Former Pot 'Czar:' Washington's Taking Wrong Approach To Regulating Pot

Flickr Photo/Cannabis Culture (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with UCLA public policy professor Mark Kleiman about why Washington and Colorado are taking the wrong approach to legalizing marijuana. He says the current system could lead to increased drug abuse among minors.

The Week In Review
3:38 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Medical Pot, Minimum Wage, And Lawmakers Wrap Up In Olympia

A screenshot of the interview on "Between Two Ferns."

State lawmakers adjourn in Olympia, Seattle's $15 minimum wage gets more scrutiny and President Obama tries comedy to pitch the Affordable Care Act to young Americans. 

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with Eli Sanders of The Stranger, news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Livewire host Luke Burbank.

Seattle Neighborhood Summit
3:05 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Jim Diers: 'Community Participation,' A Key For Seattle's Future

Queen Anne neighborhood.
Flickr Photo/craterdweller (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with former Seattle Neighborhoods Department Director Jim Diers about his hopes for the upcoming Seattle Neighborhood Summit in April.

Good Reads
2:54 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Nancy Pearl: Mystery And Science Fiction

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Steve Scher and librarian Nancy Pearl get reacquainted with old authors and also discover new names on the mystery and science fiction shelves at Seattle Public Library's Northeast Branch.

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