Deborah Wang

Contributing Reporter, Editor, and Host


Deborah is a contributing reporter, editor and host at KUOW. 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 and as host of IN Close on KCTS9 Public Television in Seattle. 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.

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  • SoundQs

    Introducing SoundQs

    SoundQs is a new podcast by KUOW launching October 18. We'll answer your questions, such as what's the origin of the Seattle dog? Are our schools ready for an earthquake? And did you know there are nude beaches in Seattle?

  • KUOW reporter Deborah Wang asked Washingtonians if they believe they have an accent. They said no. But they also pronounced "caught" and "cot" the same way -- one of the subtle distinctions of this region's accent.

    Do Pacific Northwesterners Have An Accent?

    Do Pacific Northwesterners have an accent and what does it sound like? Listener Molly in Tacoma asked that question as part of KUOW's Local Wonder...

  • Kent Mayor Proposes Layoffs, New Taxes In City Budget

    The Mayor of Kent, Washington is proposing another round of layoffs and new taxes to bridge a $2 million budget shortfall. Mayor Suzette Cooke presented her 2013-2014 budget to the City Council Tuesday. In her opening speech, Mayor Cooke called her budget “as ugly as the economic times we face.”Cooke says the city has seen a 30 percent drop in sales tax since the financial crisis hit. The city's real estate market hasn’t yet recovered. And the city' s public debt burden is high, in large part due to the city's new arena. The $84.5 million ShoWare Center opened its doors in January 2009, just in time for the recession. "How to describe how much our revenues are hurting? I would say we are just scraping by," Mayor Cooke said in an interview.In her budget proposal, Mayor Cooke is calling for the elimination of 20 city positions, including eight layoffs. Two vacant police positions would remain unfilled. The city has already laid off 82 people since the beginning of the financial crisis. In addition, the mayor is proposing a new business and occupancy, or B & O tax that would bring in close to $7 million a year. She is also calling for a six percent tax on cable TV bills.Mayor Cooke says the city needs the new revenue to avoid what she calls “unacceptable” budget cuts. City Council President Dennis Higgins says the size of the current budget shortfall has taken council members by surprise. “Certainly we’ve cut a lot in the past four years and I can’t believe we still haven’t hit bottom,” he said. Higgins says he expects significant push back to the mayor’s proposed new B & O tax. The City Council will begin holding hearings on the proposed budget next week, and is scheduled to enact a new budget by the end of the year.