Ann Dornfeld reports on issues of racial inequity for KUOW. She previously covered education for the station. Before that, Ann was a roving freelance public radio reporter, focusing on environmental issues, for KUOW and national shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Environment Report and Marketplace.
Ann has reported on a rare bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico, penguin habitat loss in South Africa, mangrove destruction in the U.S. Virgin Islands, coral reef conservation in Bonaire and invasive lionfish in the Bahamas. She covered a major earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia, for NPR News and The World. Ann also worked as a reporter and Morning Edition host at KLCC Public Radio in Eugene, Oregon, after internships at KUOW and Alaska Public Radio Network.
She got her start spinning hip-hop records at the radio station of Oregon State University, where she majored in biology and environmental sciences.
She has won awards for her reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, The Associated Press and Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. Ann has also received both investigative and data reporting awards from the Education Writers Association for her coverage of ongoing recess cutbacks and physical education shortages in Seattle-area schools. Her photography has appeared in exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Although many employers in the Seattle area are having employees work from home to avoid the spread of coronavirus, most schools remain open.
After a KUOW investigation revealed a Seattle elementary teacher’s history of discipline for physical abuse, eight more individuals and families have come forward with similar stories in Martin McGowan’s classroom. It raises new questions about why some reported incidents don’t show up in the teacher’s discipline record.
After new recommendations from public health officials to avoid large gatherings, some Seattle-area parents are asking why more schools aren’t being closed to avoid the spread of coronavirus – and what will happen if and when schools do close for long stretches.
Martin McGowan, a first-grade teacher at West Woodland Elementary who had been disciplined for abuse including yanking kids’ ears and grabbing their necks, has been put on leave.
Ear-pulling. Neck-grabbing. A Seattle first-grade teacher is under state investigation and still in the classroom
A West Woodland Elementary School teacher has been disciplined at least three times for hurting students over the last 14 years.
In an audio recording provided to KUOW, former Meany Middle School math teacher James Johnson told his algebra class he had just punched a student in the face.
Seattle school principals can play a role in furthering abuse in the classroom by accepting and protecting teachers at their schools who are known to abuse kids.
KUOW teacher abuse investigation 'has shaken so many of us to the core,' says Seattle Schools superintendent
A week after KUOW revealed that Seattle Schools has let abusive teachers return to the classroom, the superintendent called the matter "not acceptable." Many parents say her response is insufficient.
Seattle parents are calling for Superintendent Denise Juneau to address revelations that the district let abusive teachers return to the classroom, sometimes after multiple incidents of misconduct.
On Friday morning at Washington Middle School, the school was buzzing about a KUOW news report that math teacher James Johnson had a long history of documented sexual harassment and physical abuse of students — including punching a student in the face at nearby Meany Middle School in 2018.