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Patricia Murphy



Patricia Murphy is the host of Seattle Now, a daily news podcast.

Her interviews focus on experts and newsmakers. Previously you could find Patricia on the beat reporting on military and veteran affairs, justice, and health.

In 2018 Patricia received a regional Edward R. Murrow award for a series about the motivations of young people who carry guns. In 2005 she received a national Edward R. Murrow award for her reporting on injection drug use.

Though her first job in news was throwing hard copies of the Sunday paper from her bike, Patricia also graduated from Emerson College with a BS in Communications.

Location: Seattle

Languages: English

Pronouns: she/her

Professional Affiliations: Dart Center, Ochberg Society for Trauma Journalism



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    Casual Friday with Bill Radke and Vaughan Jones

    Seattle City Council passed a drug possession law that puts more decisions in the hands of SPD officers, but doesn’t provide any new money for treatment. Portland’s tourism industry is in crisis, according to the president of its tourism bureau. And welcome to the Light Rail life, Bellevue… the city’s light rail doesn’t open until spring, but one station already needs maintenance. KUOW Week in Review Host Bill Radke and Seattle Now Producer Vaughan Jones are here to break down the week.

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    The toll of a homelessness 'experiment'

    In the last year or soa program from the King County Regional Homelessness Authority moved hundreds of people from the streets into housing. This week, the authority said it’s ending that effort. In a minute, Seattle Times reporter Anna Patrick will lay out what happened and detail the broken trust left behind.

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    Trans rights drew this family to Washington

    Some families are having to choose between their home and safety for their family. In states where gender affirming care has been banned, families are moving to where trans rights have more protections. We’ll hear from Seattle Times reporter Tat Bellamy-Walker about a family he followed through their move from Texas to Washington.

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    Making sense of SPD's bodycam video

    The bodycam video of a Seattle Police officer’s callous comments about a young victim is getting national, and international, attention. The Seattle Police Officer’s Guild said Friday that the public has been misinterpreting the video, saying there is more detail and nuance that is not known to the public yet. Seattle Times Columnist and Assistant Managing Editor Naomi Ishisaka is here to discuss the video, and the cultural issues within SPD that have brought us to this point.

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    From restaurant table to garden compost in the CID

    Nine windows at the Wing Luke Museum will need to be replaced after being smashed last week during what’s being called a racist attack. The museum says the man used a sledgehammer. Police made an arrest. The CID has been through a lot over the past few years, but through it all remains a vibrant network of neighbors. Our friends at Soundside took a look at the CID as a community and stopped at the Danny Woo Community Garden to talk about gardening and sustainability with some CID residents.

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    Casual Friday with Vivian McCall and Lex Vaughn

    This week… SPD is all over the news this week, first for those deleted text messages from 2020’s police protests, then for an extremely controversial bodycam video from a police union leader. And things got messy at the Gorge this weekend when two sets of fans showed up on the same night. Stranger queer culture and politics reporter Vivian McCall and Needling Editor-In-Chief Lex Vaughn are here to break down the week.

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    It's time to get boosted again

    The Centers for Disease Control is recommending that everyone 6 months and older get the updated vaccine for COVID-19. Right now there are several variants circulating and infectious disease experts say this latest shot is your best protection. UW’s Dr. Tia Babu explains what you need to know about the latest vaccine.

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    Local QFCs and Safeways have a potential buyer

    It’s been almost a year since Kroger and Albertsons announced a possible merger. Now a buyer has entered the picture - C & S Wholesale Grocers has plans to snap up 104 stores in Washington for a $1.9 billion. It all hinges on approval from the FTC, but for now C &S says it doesn’t plan any major changes for employees. Seattle Times reporter Paul Roberts is here to talk about what the sale could mean for local shoppers and workers.

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    Treating eating disorders in WA is an uphill battle

    Eating disorders are a mental health problem that can ravage the physical body. That ambiguity can make it difficult for people who struggle with eating disorders to get appropriate care, and things can get even more complicated when insurers can deny coverage. Seattle Times reporter Hannah Furfaro is here to talk about the challenges patients and their families navigate while trying to help loved ones with an eating disorder.

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    Stepping in for survivors of domestic violence

    Domestic violence in families isn’t always obvious and abuse can be subtle...but statistics show 1 in 4 women and one in 10 men have experienced it. A recent case of familicide in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood is a horrific example of how badly things can go. But there is help and in a minute we’re going to hear from Doris O’Neal. She’s the director of gender-based violence specialized services at the YWCA of King and Snohomish County.