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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

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    When MLK came to town

    Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. only came to Seattle once, in 1961. He was invited by his longtime friend, Reverend Samuel B. McKinney of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. KUOW's Isolde Raftery tells Kim Malcolm about the message he brought with him that would become his most famous speech.

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    This squirrel puppet won't judge

    Plenty of people are struggling with their mental health through this long pandemic. Some are finding community online. We’ll meet a TikTok creator who’s roaming Orcas Island with a squirrel puppet who preaches non-judgement.

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    Seattle Now

    How do we make the city safer for pedestrians?

    More Seattle walkers and bikers are dying on the city's roads than five years ago, despite an initiative to eliminate traffic fatalities by the end of this decade. KUOW's Gracie Todd dug into why it's happening and what could be done to reverse the trend.

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    Seattle Now

    Charge your laptops, remote school might be back

    It's "refresh your email and wait for an update to find out if your kid has school tomorrow" time, as Omicron has begun to force closures due to short staffing and safety concerns. KUOW's Ann Dornfeld explains how Seattle is handling the pressure to keep schools open.

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    Casual Friday: The Homer Simpson Transformation

    It's a new year, but Covid didn't get the memo that it's no longer invited to the party. Between scrambling to find rapid test kits and returning to our home offices, it's been a hell of a week. Plus, we look ahead to the good food Seattle can expect to see in 2022.

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    Seattle Now

    It'll melt

    The first big snow of winter is mostly behind us, but if you’ve been trying to get around recently you’ve likely got a story to tell about it.

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    Seattle Now

    Drama at Stevens Pass

    It's been a rip roaring start to snow season, but half of the ski resort at Stevens Pass is still closed. It's not alone — other Seattle area ski repor

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    Seattle Now

    Omicron update

    The Omicron variant is spreading quickly, and it’s likely there'll be a significant increase in cases over the next couple of weeks. UW Medicine's Dr. Christine Johnston gives us an update.

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    Seattle Now

    Kraken fan makes one beauty assist

    A UW grad is being called a hero for her actions at the Kraken home opener a couple months ago. Nadia Popovici tells us how she spotted a dangerous medical condition from behind the glass.