Marcie Sillman

Arts and Culture Reporter


Marcie Sillman arrived at KUOW in 1985 to produce the station's daily public affairs program, Seattle After Noon. One year later, she became the local voice of All Things Considered, NPR's flagship afternoon news magazine.

After five years holding down the drive-time microphone, a new opportunity arose. Along with Dave Beck and Steve Scher, Marcie helped create Weekday, a daily, two-hour forum for newsmakers, artists and thinkers.

The new century brought new challenges. Marcie and Dave Beck created The Beat, Seattle's only broadcast program to focus specifically on arts and culture.

In 2002, after more than 15 years as a daily host, Marcie decided to become a full-time cultural reporter. During her career, more than 100 of her stories have been heard on NPR's newsmagazines, as well as on The Voice of America.

In 2005, she became KUOW's first special projects reporter. In this role, she produced in-depth audio portraits and documentary series about life and culture in the Puget Sound Region.

In September, 2013, Marcie was part of the team that created The Record, a daily news magazine focused on the issues and culture of the Puget Sound region. After two years as Senior Host of the program, Marcie returned to full-time cultural reporting.


  • Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer Miles Pertl rehearses his fellow company members for this week's debut of his ballet "Wash of Gray."
    KUOW Newsroom

    Marcie Sillman's weekend culture picks, November 8-10

    If you're contemplating a weekend mired in pumpkin pie research, prepping for Thanksgiving dinner, why not give yourself a break? Our region is brimming with cultural offerings guaranteed to take your mind off the possibility of a soggy crust bottom. Here are some suggestions from KUOW’s Arts and Culture reporter Marcie Sillman.

  • Actors Allyson Lee Brown and Ayo Tushinde in Intiman Theatre's 2019 production of "Bulrusher."
    KUOW Newsroom

    Intiman Theatre is on the way to another reinvention

    The show will go on at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre. That wasn’t a foregone conclusion in September, when the nonprofit theater’s board of directors announced, citing an impending $7,000 budget shortfall, that it advised closing the company for good.

  • Choreographer and performer Alice Gosti's durational work "Where is Home: Birds of Passage" opens at ACT Lab November 1
    KUOW Newsroom

    Marcie Sillman's weekend culture picks, November 1-3

    We’ve survived Halloween (although no doubt some of us are still suffering sugar hangovers). KUOW’s Arts and Culture reporter Marcie Sillman has some recommendations for activities to entertain yourselves before the Thanksgiving/Chanukah/Christmas/New Year’s holiday onslaught begins.

  • Jessica Ry'cheal's "Proof"
    KUOW Newsroom

    Marcie Sillman's weekend culture picks October 18-20

    You may be mired in your pre-Halloween preparations—costumes, pumpkin carving and stocking up on candy—but KUOW’s Arts and Culture reporter Marcie Sillman believes there’s also time to consume a little culture. She offers these weekend treats for your consideration.

  • Musician at Bumbershoot, 1974

    Where has Seattle's music scene gone?

    Twenty-five years ago, Seattle was the epicenter of the popular music world. Bands like Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana had legions of fans around the globe. But now, musicians are leaving Seattle because of rising costs. The city has a plan to change that - and it's got a lot to do with the mega-hit Old Town Road.