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Noel Gasca

Producer, Soundside

About

Noel is a producer for KUOW’s midday show Soundside.

Prior to joining Soundside, Noel worked as an online editor/producer with KUOW’s web team. She’s also a proud graduate of KUOW’s RadioActive program.

Noel is an alumna of Emerson College and has interned at NPR member stations WBUR in Boston, and WAMU in Washington DC. Originally from Lake Stevens, Washington, Noel is elated to be back in the Pacific Northwest and covering the people and places that make up the state she calls home. Noel has reported on labor and education.

When she’s not working, Noel enjoys perusing Seattle’s used bookstores, discussing the lasting legacy of Selena Quintanilla’s music with anyone who will listen, and spending way too much time fixing up her island on Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Location: Seattle

Languages: English

Pronouns: she/her

Professional Affiliations: National Association of Hispanic Journalists, AIR

Podcasts

Stories

  • caption: KUOW studios
    Soundside

    Hot take on Seattle schools social media lawsuit: 'Moral panic'

    Every other week, we bring you a segment called "Sound it Out," to broadcast your thoughts about the show and answer questions about stories we've covered. So we’re circling back to a segment we did earlier this week about social media and Seattle Public Schools' new lawsuit.

  • caption: From left, Burlesque performers Penny Banks, Mx. Pucks A' Plenty and Scarlett Folds pose for a portrait on Friday, April 9, 2021, at the new Burlesque space along Northwest Market Street in Seattle.
    Soundside

    Fatlesque Fest: Celebrating a community of curves

    Burlesque has been captivating and tantalizing audiences for centuries. A new festival this weekend — Fatlesque Fest Northwest — is on a mission to disrupt the perceptions that surround burlesque and rethink the medium through a fat liberation and body positive lens.

  • caption: Fans call for autographs after an NFL football preseason game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Los Angeles Chargers, Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 27-0.
    Soundside

    Playoffs or not, Seahawks surpass preseason expectations

    Before this NFL season got started, things were looking grim for the Seahawks. Now the team is fighting to reach the postseason. And they’ll need a little luck to get there. Soundside host Libby Denkmann talked to The Athletic's Michael-Shawn Dugar about the highs and lows in the Seahawks season so far.

  • caption: Dan Price, as pictured in 2015. Price is the CEO of Gravity Payments, which has offices in Seattle, Boise, and Hawaii.
    Soundside

    Dan Price branded himself as a benevolent CEO. Some former employees challenge that portrayal

    In 2015, Seattle CEO Dan Price became an overnight celebrity following his decision to raise the base minimum salary for all of his employees at Gravity Payments to $70,000. But some of his former employees say the glossy magazine features and talk show appearances painting him as a benevolent leader were a façade — that the day-to-day work at the company was far from glamorous.

  • caption: An elevator out of service at the 5th & Pine light rail station.
    Soundside

    Hear It Again: Transit Woes

    The Soundside team is taking some time off this week, and while we’re away, we’re revisiting some of the episodes that made us think about the way we move throughout our region. We’ll explore why the U.S. is one of the only wealthy countries to be moving in the wrong direction on traffic deaths. Plus, those escalators in the light rail stations, they’re still giving us grief!

  • caption: Washington state is home to three different species of marmot: the Olympic marmot, the hoary marmot, and the yellow-bellied marmot (pictured).
    KUOW Shorts

    Neighbors: the Olympic Marmot

    Washington state is known for its variety of flora and fauna. But when it comes to public adoration, it seems like one local animal has been a little jilted - the Olympic marmot. It's ironic, considering the fuzzy rodent was officially declared a state symbol in 2009. But what makes the marmot so worthy of a government distinction? Soundside producer Noel Gasca introduces us to a scientist and a citizen activist who tell us why, and what the process of getting state recognition for the Olympic marmot looked like.