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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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    Casual Friday: Look ma, no mask!

    Goodbye, mask mandate... if you're fully vaccinated, at least. The CDC says 12-15 year-olds can get shots, and vaccinated people don't have to wear masks any more. Plus we get the dirt on Mayor Durkan's missing text messages.

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    Colleges add a vaccine prereq

    UW and WSU want students to get vaccinated before coming back to campus this fall. Katie Mangan at the Chronicle for Higher Education explains what it could mean.

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    But what if I want to stay in quarantine?

    After a year adjusting to socially distanced life, some of us are not exactly thrilled about the idea of reopening. But thanks to vaccines, the return to the office and summer travel plans aren't far off. We get advice for confronting your re-entry anxiety from Dr. Ronnie Cunningham.

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    The case of the mayor's missing texts

    There’s lots of interest in finding out what Mayor Durkan was texting to other city officials as they responded to last summer’s protests. One problem though: the city says they’re nowhere to be found. KUOW's Ashley Hiruko explains.

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    Your phone will buzz before our next big earthquake

    The ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system goes live statewide today. It will give you a heads up before the shaking starts and could mean valuable seconds to act in our next quake. We hear about how it works from Bill Steele, seismologist with the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network.

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    Suddenly we can't give vaccines away

    After months of scarce appointments, all of a sudden it’s easier than ever to get a vaccine in Seattle. But people don’t seem to be rushing out to get a shot, so the city is responding with some new ideas to get people motivated to get vaccinated. KUOW’s Eilis O’Neill explains.

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    Casual Friday: Hitting a vaccine wall

    Demand for vaccines is dropping, so we ask: How would you pitch someone who's hesitating? Zombie jokes? Fake news? Plus, King County might be rolling back to Phase 2, and Seattle's axe throwing venue gets a whole new selling point.

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    Seattle Now

    A new drug policy path

    You might have missed it, but Washington just took a big step toward changing the equation when it comes to law enforcement, drugs and addiction. KUOW’s Amy Radil tells us what the future might hold after a court case gave lawmakers an opportunity to set a new direction for drug policy.

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    Should you fly with kids right now?

    At this point most of us are itching to travel and get out this summer. But when there’s unvaxxed little ones in the mix, you’ve got to weigh the risk. UW’s Dr. John Lynch tells us what to consider when making those summer plans.