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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 Naomi Ishisaka

    This week… Things got heated as the Seattle City Council debated Legislation aimed at drug possession. The east coast is learning what it’s like to live through smoke season. And WSU researchers are tinkering on a crisp new apple. We’ll break it all down with KUOW’s Bill Radke, and Seattle Times columnist Naomi Ishisaka.

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    Seattle City Council strikes down drug enforcement policy

    The city council narrowly rejected a proposal that would give the city attorney the power to prosecute public drug use and possession. The slim margin suggests there’s a lot of division in the city about how to approach the crisis. Publicola journalist and editor Erica C. Barnett will tell us how the vote went down and what happens next.

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    Rising cost of groceries drives more need

    Seattle residents are paying a lot for groceries. It adds up to about $75 more a month than the national average according to cost of living database And that’s putting increased demand on food banks. We’ll talk to Rainier Valley Food Bank Executive Director Gloria Hatcher-Mays about how the organization is working to manage the growing need.

  • caption: John Meyer, co-author of tidepool guidebook Between the Tides in Washington and Oregon and senior director for marketing and communications at the UW college of the environment, during an interview about low tide in Seattle, June 5, 2023

    It’s tidepool time! How you can explore Puget Sound’s shoreline during the lowest tides of the year

    The sun is out and the tide is low — the lowest it’s been all year. That means the crabs, sea anemones and urchins that normally live just under the surface are hanging out on the beach for the day. We visited Alki with John Meyer, co-author of the book Between the Tides in Washington and Oregon, to spot some critters and learn his tips for tidepooling successfully and responsibly.

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    Is the right to strike in danger?

    Last week the US Supreme Court got into the mix of a local labor dispute over striking teamsters and lost concrete. The high court's ruling in favor of Glacier Northwest, was a victory for business. But was it a huge blow for labor?

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    Casual Friday with Mike Davis and Rachel Terlep

    This week… Amazon employees walked off the job in protest of several company practices. Experts in the AI industry warned that things might be advancing a bit too fast. And we learn that none of us are very good spellers. We’ll break it all down with KUOW Arts and Culture Reporter Mike Davis and Rachel Terlep, the senior social media manager for Washington's Department of Natural Resources.

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    Why is an animal shelter clearing an encampment in Burien?

    About 2 dozen people have been forced to pack up and leave a homeless encampment in downtown Burien. But they weren’t swept by the city or the county. Instead, Burien leased the land to a private group who forced the residents off. They were not offered shelter. The controversial decision followed weeks of escalating tension over the camp. KUOW’s Casey Martin has been following the story and is here to tell us what went down… and what it means for the regional approach to the homelessness crisis.

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    South Park gets ready for the next flood

    It’s been six months since parts of South Park were flooded and some people are still waiting to go home. Washington Senator Patty Murray is working to secure three million federal dollars for wastewater and drainage improvements in the neighborhood. We’ll hear how the recovery is going for South Park community members.

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    City Council candidates enter the Thunderdome

    Elections for Seattle’s City Council are still a couple of months out, but we now know exactly who is running. The top line is: it's chaotic. Forty five people are vying for seven positions on the council. KUOW politics editor Cat Smith gives a run down of what we know so far about the candidates and what to keep in mind if you’re looking at candidates in your district.

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    Casual Friday with Jeanie Lindsay and Jane C. Hu

    This week… Seattle City Council is speaking for the trees. UW researchers are preparing to dive into the world of psychedelic therapy. And the Seattle Center Monorail is having a moment. Northwest News Network’s Jeanie Lindsay and science journalist Jane C. Hu are here to break down the week.