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Kate Walters



Kate Walters is a reporter covering Covid-19 and the many ways the pandemic has impacted our lives. She's covered personal experiences of community members, state and local policies, affects on the healthcare system, and more. In the past, Kate has reported on homelessness for KUOW, as well as general assignment stories ranging from city hall politics to sea stars. Originally from Australia, Kate studied journalism at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). She started her career in public radio at WXXI in Rochester, NY.

Location: Seattle

Languages: English

Pronouns: she/her/hers


  • caption: Seattle Children's Hospital is shown on Thursday, November 14, 2019, in Seattle.
    KUOW Blog

    Washington hospitals continue to report financial losses

    Hospitals across Washington state continue to see steep financial losses, according to the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA). Last year it amounted to a $2.1 billion operating loss across the board, following hundreds of millions in losses in 2021.

  • caption: Stephen Pan administers an updated Covid-19 booster shot to Barbara Birnbaum at her home in Seattle on Monday, February 13, 2023
    KUOW Newsroom

    Can those who need it rely on King County's in-home vaccination program moving forward?

    The Covid-19 pandemic has had painful and devastating impacts, including lost lives, lost health, lost jobs, and disproportionate burdens in communities of color. But the past few years have also brought about changes that filled previously unmet needs and offered solutions. One such change is a push to make sure some of King County’s most vulnerable residents have access to vaccines.

  • caption: Example of the kind of real-time feedback generated by the AI system to increase expression of empathy.
    KUOW Newsroom

    Can AI help increase expression of empathy?

    These days, someone seeking mental health support can find a variety of online communities to talk through what they’re feeling. In these communities, peers are usually responding, and empathy is key. A team led by University of Washington researchers studied whether AI can help peer supporters interacting on text-based online platforms respond with more empathy.

  • caption: FILE - In this March 4, 2021, file photo a syringe of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a drive-up mass vaccination site in Puyallup, Wash., south of Seattle.
    KUOW Newsroom

    Seattle, King County drop Covid vaccine requirement for employees

    King County and City of Seattle employees will no longer be required to have the Covid-19 vaccine to keep their job. Originally put in place in 2021, the mandate required proof of the initial vaccine series as a condition of employment for city and county workers. On Monday, officials dropped it, effective immediately.

  • caption: Moxi the robot
    KUOW Newsroom

    Robot joins the ranks at Spokane hospital

    Hospitals across Washington state continue to struggle with staffing levels, and some are getting creative with potential ways to lighten the load for nurses. A Spokane hospital has welcomed a robot named Moxi to its care team.

  • caption: A drug user displays two blue fentanyl pills she is smoking in downtown Seattle, October 22, 2021.
    KUOW Blog

    Increasing overdose deaths stress King County morgue

    King County is experiencing a grim indicator of how bad the opioid crisis has become — a lack of space to store bodies. Public Health Director Faisal Khan said the Medical Examiner's office has finite space in the coolers they use, and that space is being exceeded on a regular basis.