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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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    Seattle Now

    The dry spring could mean a fiery summer

    It's all sun and fun in Seattle now, but look across the state and there are warning signs heading into summer. We just had our driest March and April in almost 100 years, Denver had more rain than we did last month and fire season is not far off. Guest: Anna King, Richland-based reporter for the Northwest News Network

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    Seattle Now

    How kids are sizing up this summer

    We’ve been talking a lot about how adults have managed over the past year. Today, we’re hearing what kids are hoping to do now that a slightly less pandemic-y summer is around the corner.

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    Seattle Now

    Even the salmon have a bad commute here

    A story from our friends at KUOW's The Wild podcast, about how the 2001 Nisqually quake gave salmon some better real estate along the city's waterfront. Hear more from The Wild: https://www.kuow.org/podcasts/thewild

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    Seattle Now

    Casual Friday: 'Anarchist tech trillionaires'

    Seattle was the fastest growing city in the country last year — but who's moving here? Maybe they're new hires at Amazon, which announced this week it's buying a Hollywood film studio. Plus, we reflect on a year since the murder of George Floyd began a reckoning with systematic racism on the streets of Seattle.

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    Seattle Now

    A first test for WA's new use of force standard

    A year before George Floyd was murdered, an Auburn man named Jesse Sarey was killed when a public disturbance call escalated into a fatal police shooting. This fall, the officer who fired the shots will face trial. Seattle Times reporter Sara Jean Green explains the case. Have something to add to this story? Get in touch! Leave us a message at 206-616-6746 or write seattlenow@kuow.org.

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    Seattle Now

    The tourist tide is coming back in

    Half of all American adults are now fully vaccinated, and people are itching to travel just in time for Seattle's busy tourist season. We take a field trip to Pike Place Market to see how one of the city's most popular attractions is holding up.

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    Seattle Now

    Pandemic puppy problems

    Dogs became everybody's new best friend during the pandemic, and adoptions soared. But now that we're starting to go out again, some new dog parents are realizing their pup needs help adjusting to the new normal. We turn to Seattle-based dog trainer Joey Iversen for some help. Support the show by making a gift to KUOW: http://bit.ly/seattlenow

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    Seattle Now

    Patios everywhere

    While we’re all hoping covid disappears for good, some of the changes we’ve made during the pandemic might stick around. One of them: outdoor patios at your favorite restaurants. We head to Ballard's El Moose to talk dining al fresco with Seattle Times food and drink writer Tan Vinh.

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    Seattle Now

    Casual Friday: Mask trust issues

    We have more license to walk around without a mask on. At least, those of us who are vaccinated do. But can we trust that folks who are maskless have gotten the jab? Plus, reentry is sending our pandemic cosmetic routines into a tailspin.

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    Seattle Now

    Mask on? Mask off?

    Even with the CDC's blessing to go maskless if you're vaccinated, it seems most people around Seattle are sticking with it for now. Why is that? We talk dropping the mask mandate with Dr. Janet Baseman of the UW School of Public Health.