Contributing Reporter, Editor, and Host
Deborah is a contributing reporter at KUOW and the host of SoundQs, a podcast fueled by listener curiosity. She is an award–winning radio and television journalist whose career spans more than three decades.
As the recipient of a 2018-2019 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellowship, Deborah is currently focusing her reporting on adolescents and mental health.
Deborah's first reporting job was at public radio station WFCR in Amherst, Massachusetts. In 1990, she went to work for National Public Radio and served as NPR's Asia correspondent based in Hong Kong. During that time, she covered the Persian Gulf War from coalition headquarters in Saudi Arabia and then spent many months in Kuwait, southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq filing stories on the war's aftermath.
In 1993, she joined ABC News as a television correspondent in Beijing and Hong Kong, and covered, among other things, Hong Kong's handover from British to Chinese rule. In 1999, she set up the network's first news bureau in Seattle.
Deborah has also worked as an on–air anchor for CNN International, as host of IN Close on KCTS9 Public Television in Seattle, and she is a long-time host on the TEDxSeattle stage.
Deborah has won numerous awards for her reporting, including the Alfred I. DuPont Silver Baton for coverage of the first Gulf War, and the Overseas Press Club's Lowell Thomas Award for best radio documentary. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University.
On this episode of SoundQs, we answer this question posed to us by Seattle listener Suzanne Morrison.
If you grew up in the in the upper left part of the U.S., you probably don’t hear it. But it’s there: a Northwest accent.
If a teenager is mentally ill and doesn't want help, there isn't much a parent can do. But a bill now before the Washington state legislature may change that.
When my son was 7, we moved to Vancouver, Washington, and life was good for a few years. But then something changed. I don’t know if it was puberty, or the new baby, but he turned violent.
In Washington state, kids who are 13 and older can access mental health treatment on their own. They can refuse treatment, too. Parents have lobbied for decades to change the law.
Alex’s life fell apart in middle school.
We'll look at why boats take priority over cars when it comes to opening drawbridges.
We explore the history of houseboats and what makes this community so unique.
We take our recycling pretty seriously here in the Pacific Northwest. But are we doing it right? This episode of SoundQs will make you a better recycler.
The Viaduct is going to be replaced with a massive underground tunnel. The viaduct closes January 11th and eventually they are going to demolish the whole thing. Which leads us to the question that several of our listeners have asked.... Where will all that debris—the concrete and steel—where will it all end up?