Ann is a reporter on KUOW's Investigations Team. Previously, she covered education stories for KUOW for a decade, with a focus on investigations into racial and socioeconomic inequities.
Her ongoing series exposing Seattle Public Schools’ lenient discipline of staff who abused students has won investigative reporting awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and the Education Writers Association. She was also lauded for her years of work covering disparities in the amount of recess and P.E. time students received in low-income schools.
Previously, Ann worked at Alaska Public Radio Network, in Anchorage, and KLCC, in Eugene, Oregon. Her freelance work, focusing on science and environmental issues, has appeared on national outlets including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace and The World.
Ann’s marine and underwater photography has appeared in the American Museum of Natural History and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
She lives with her husband and two children in South Seattle.
Languages Spoken: English
Professional Affiliations: Member, Investigative Reporters and Editors
In response to parent pressure, Seattle Public Schools is adding more doses of naloxone to high schools and offering training to all school staff. Some parents say that's not enough.
State Auditor Pat McCarthy called the audit findings “unprecedented” and said Summit Sierra and Summit Atlas, both in Seattle, and Summit Olympus, in Tacoma, received more than $4 million in funding related to the positions which may now need to be repaid.
‘Seattle Public Schools said this is just one measure of student growth, but can be useful to gauge how well a particular student is doing over time.’
With record numbers of staff and students staying home due to the omicron variant of Covid-19, parents, staff and students are wondering what it would take for the district to move schools back to online learning as in earlier in the pandemic. Here is what the district has now outlined as some reasons it could shift to remote learning.
Former Garfield High student accuses school officials of quashing reports of sexual misconduct, hazing
A former Garfield High School student alleges staff pressured him to keep quiet about sexual harassment and hazing on the school's swim team. He’s taken legal action against Seattle Public Schools.
About 3,500 Seattle child care workers will get holiday gifts from the city - as much as $835 each to thank them for caring for the city’s kids during the pandemic.
There have been 29 confirmed Covid outbreaks at K-12 public and private schools in King County since September. Most of these were small outbreaks, with no more than four confirmed cases, but others were massive, with 80 or more people infected at two separate Christian school campuses outside Seattle.
Parents at Impact Puget Sound Elementary are asking the state to step in to address the lack of social distancing in its classrooms. Staff, too, have voiced safety concerns - but say they hold little power at the school.
‘Earlier surveys of parents suggested white families were nearly twice as likely as black families to want to send their children back.’
‘The staff were trying to recognize the students just by their hair and eyeballs.’