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Patricia Murphy

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About

Patricia Murphy is an award-winning radio journalist who has covered justice, public health, military and veterans affairs for 20 years. She’s currently the host of KUOW’s daily news podcast, Seattle Now.

Her reporting has been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award for a 2005 documentary on IV drug use, and an Excellence in Health Care Journalism Award from the Association of Healthcare Journalists for a 2011 collaboration with the Seattle Times about chronic orthopedic injuries in the military.

A 2018 series focusing on narratives of young people who carry guns won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Innovation. She’s also a member of the Dart Society -- a network of journalists who cover trauma, conflict and social injustice.

Patricia is a graduate of Boston’s Emerson College and a native of Clifton, New Jersey, where her first job was delivering The Herald News on her bicycle.

Podcasts

Stories

  • Seattle Now
    Seattle Now

    An Amazon warehouse may unionize

    Big labor drama is brewing in tiny Bessemer, Alabama, where fifty-eight hundred Amazon warehouse workers are currently voting in a highly publicized union election. New York Times tech correspondent Karen Weise explains why their decision could be a watershed moment for the company.

  • Seattle Now
    Seattle Now

    One hell of a year

    It's been one year since the country's first covid-related death was reported right here in Western Washington. We talk with King County health officer Dr. Jeff Duchin about the lessons of the past year, and why he’s cautiously optimistic about the future.

  • Seattle Now
    Seattle Now

    A landmark drug law decision

    A ruling by the state Supreme Court last week opens up new possibilities for treating drug addiction. But in the short term it could cut some people off from badly needed help.

  • Seattle Now
    Seattle Now

    Bridging a vaccine trust gap

    Washington's vaccine rollout hasn't been equitable, especially for Black folks. One reason: broken trust between Black communities and the medical system. Today we talk to someone who's trying to rebuild it.

  • Seattle Now
    Seattle Now

    Grocery workers win hazard pay

    The grocery industry is pushing back against Seattle’s temporary four-dollar-an-hour pay hike for some workers. But the union that represents them says it will keep pushing too, to bring the pay bump to more cities. We talk about the push for hazard pay with Seattle Times reporter David Gutman.