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Secure News Tips

Share sensitive messages and materials with KUOW journalists using Signal or WhatsApp on your personal device.

Signal is free and offers end-to-end encryption for messages and calls. It doesn’t collect information about who you are communicating with. It retains your phone number and the last time you used the app. Here is an advanced guide on how journalists use Signal.

WhatsApp is also a free end-to-end encryption messaging app, but it may collect information about who you are communicating with and when. Other considerations when contacting us:

  • Please keep your apps and phone’s operating system up to date. Developers regularly fix vulnerabilities that may affect the security of your phone.
  • Never use a work device, network or location to reach us anonymously.
  • KUOW will not know your real name, unless you choose to tell us. If you do tell us who you are, we can protect your identity or discuss with you how you would like to be identified, if at all.

Snail mail is also a secure way to reach us confidentially. Don’t put your return address on the outside and don’t mail from your work. You can mail us paper documents or digital files on a thumb drive.

Mailing Address:

KUOW

4518 University Way NE #310

Seattle, WA 98105

STAFF

John Ryan // Environment // Signal or WhatsApp 401.405.1206

Ann Dornfeld // Schools // Signal 206.816.5434

Anna Boiko-Weyrauch // Public Health & Health Workers // Signal 206.372.6008

Kate Walters // Homeless Population & Hospitals // Signal 585.371.4122

Esmy Jimenez // Immigration (Se habla español) // Signal 206.565.7902

Paige Browning // Breaking News // Signal 206.302.9813

Casey Martin // Breaking News // WhatsApp 206.712.5315

Liz Jones // Editor (Se habla español) // Signal or WhatsApp 206.817.5431

Jill Jackson // News Director // Signal 202.255.7665