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Jennifer Wing

Sound Effect Producer

Jennifer Wing is a Producer for our weekly show, Sound Effect.

She believes that everyone has a story to tell and that sharing our personal journeys- the good the bad and the ugly- helps us to become better versions of ourselves.

Before joining KNKX in 1999, Jennifer worked for KGMI in Bellingham, WILM News Radio in Wilmington, Delaware and Northwest Cable News in Seattle. She got her start in public radio at WRTI and WHYY in Philadelphia.

Jennifer grew up in Philadelphia and received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Temple University. She lives in Seattle with her husband George, their two children, Lucinda and Henry as well as a menagerie that once included a cat that liked to hang out at the local bars and a crayfish that enjoyed roaming the house in the middle of the night.

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On the day I meet 86-year-old Chris Swanson inside her room at Horizon House in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood, it feels like a party. 

“Yay for family!” says Swanson with a smile. 

In this April 2, 2020 photo, a nurse at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle holds a medical face shield prior to the start of her shift in a triage tent outside the hospital's emergency department.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

A local long-hauler clinic continues to see demand from patients recovering from mild to moderate cases of COVID.

Skid marks are visible along Plummer Street in the Chatsworth section of Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 2015, following an early-morning illegal street-racing crash that killed two bystanders.
Nick Ut / The Associated Press file

Measures to prevent street racing are on two city council agendas Tuesday in Pierce County.

Gloria Winston, 94, left, a resident at Laurelmead Cooperative retirement community in Providence, R.I., reaches out to hug her great-niece Wensday Greenbaum, right, and her 5-year-old great-great niece Cordelia Cappelano on March 18, 2021.
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Outdoor visits have been allowed to happen, from a distance, but now after a year of protecting residents from COVID, long-term care facilities and nursing homes can let loved ones inside for visits. 

 Setting up a mass vaccination site at the Lumen Field Events Center in Seattle.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

 

When 65-year-old Bonnie McGuire was vaccinated earlier this year for COVID-19, a huge weight of worry disappeared in an instant. 

“I felt amazingly serene," she says. "It was a strange feeling. I've never had this experience, and none of us in this country ever have, where this shot will keep you, you know, you will not die on a ventilator alone in a hospital – with this one little jab in your arm. It's startling the simplicity of that." 

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When 65-year-old Bonnie McGuire was vaccinated earlier this year for COVID-19, a huge weight of worry disappeared in an instant. 

“I felt amazingly serene," she says. "It was a strange feeling. I've never had this experience, and none of us in this country ever have, where this shot will keep you, you know, you will not die on a ventilator alone in a hospital – with this one little jab in your arm. It's startling the simplicity of that." 

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Back in January, 65-year-old Bonnie McGuire got her first shot of the COVID vaccine. The process for her was very easy. 

“I got a phone call that there was a shot waiting for me. It was, like, at 9 in the morning, and could I be there at 10? I said absolutely. So I shot down to the Safeway on Gravelly Lake, which is, I don't know, maybe a 20-minute drive from here. I walked in. Piece of cake. Got the shot, got the immunization card, walked out,” recalls McGuire. 

Vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are shown, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at the Isles of Vero Beach assisted and independent senior living community in Vero Beach, Fla.
Wilfredo Lee / The Associated Press

More vaccines are on the way to Washington state. 

Cassie Sauer, the CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association, says the thousands of doses that were postponed because of bad weather last week will arrive this week.  

 

 

Even though the rollout has been rocky, COVID vaccines are here. The number of new COVID cases is dropping. Is it safe to feel a little optimistic about the future?

Not just yet, say researchers at Fred Hutch.

 

Washington State Hospital Association

Dozens of hospitals in Washington have learned that N95 respirator masks thought to be purchased from 3M are knockoffs. The Washington State Hospital Association said there could be up to 2 million of these fake masks circulating in the state. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investigating. 

Courtesy of King County

South King County is an area of Washington hit especially hard by COVID-19. Positive test rates in this part of the county are very high compared to places like north Seattle and Mercer Island.

This is why Public Health – Seattle & King County has set up two vaccination clinics that will be operating indefinitely. One is located at the ShoWare Center in Kent. The other is located at Auburn’s General Services Administration Complex.

Tacoma Police and other law enforcement officers stand in an intersection near the site where a Tacoma police officer drove through a crowd of people on Saturday night.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

10:40 a.m. Wednesday: Updated with statements from the Tacoma City Council and Tacoma Police Union Local No. 6.

Street racing, protests and a police officer driving through a crowd and running over one person: These issues were the focus of two back-to-back meetings Monday night in Tacoma. 

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Living during a global pandemic is inherently stressful. Stress can negatively impact how we make decisions.

“And so when people are feeling that stress, then cortisol floods their brain, and it really impairs people's ability to process information," says Meredith Li-Vollmer, a risk communicator at Public Health — Seattle & King County.

Adrian Florez / KNKX

It’s been about one month since the first coronavirus vaccine arrived in Washington state. Residents, some of them in tears, watched a nurse receive the first injection. This event was supposed to herald the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic.

But, since then, the vaccine rollout has progressed more slowly than some had hoped. More than 600,000 doses have arrived in Washington, but only about a third of those have been administered.

A photograph from the Chinese Exclusion Act case file of Soong May Ling housed in the National Archives at Seattle. As an adult, Soong May Ling, also known as Madame Chiang Kai Shek, played a role in the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act.
Courtesy the Washington State Attorney General's Office

The National Archives building in Seattle houses the “DNA of the Pacific Northwest.” So says state Attorney General Bob Ferguson. He's suing the federal government to halt the sale of the large warehouse near the north shores of Lake Washington.

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Author’s note: Valentine’s Day, first-graders, typewriters and an enchanting teacher, Kelye Kneeland, deftly orchestrating it all. This is one of my favorite stories from 2020. I remember driving to Bellevue that day in February to gather the interviews, listening in the car to news headlines about COVID-19. At that point, there were 15 confirmed cases in the United States. We knew the dark clouds were gathering on the horizon but had no idea of what was to come. In normal times, this typewriter story is a charming piece about how one teacher uses old technology to engage students. But listening to this story well into a global pandemic is an incredibly vivid reminder of all of the magic and connection that happens when students and teachers are in the same room, and of all that is lost when school is carried out in little boxes on computer screens. I am hopeful that in the not-too-distant future, small fingers will once again be straining to press down on the typewriter keys in Kneeland’s classroom and that appreciation for teachers like Kneeland will be openly expressed. (This story originally aired March 7, 2020.)  

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The beard is real. The suit is red. And he's separated from his guests by several feet and plexiglass. We meet Santas intent on creating memories, even in a pandemic. Note: This episode is especially appealing to those who appreciate the sounds of squealing children.

Jennifer Wing

Maybe this year, because of the pandemic, you haven’t been able to make it out to see Santa. KNKX’s Jennifer Wing spent some time with him and tells us how he’s doing.

Jeff Chiu / The Associated Press

 


This pandemic is testing peoples’ safety nets. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent survey, more than 140,000 renters in Washington do not know how they will pay next month’s rent.

 

State and federal eviction moratoriums are preventing most people from being forced out for not paying rent. But these expire at the end of this month. If they aren’t extended, back rent will be due.

Adrian Florez / KNKX

The coronavirus pandemic is testing our society’s safety net in ways we never imagined. There are millions of people across the country and thousands in Washington state who are unable to keep up with their rent.

Ted S. Warren / AP Photo

More people at home and on the internet is creating a perfect storm for adults to seek out children to engage in illicit, sexual online behavior. King County deputy prosecutors are seeing a big uptick in cases involving minors appearing in sexually explicit content — what’s considered child pornography — adults possessing and viewing this material, and adults transporting it across state lines.

Hate crimes reported to the FBI rose last year to levels not seen in more than a decade. Washington state is seeing a similar trend and deputy prosecutors in King County are handling more hate crime cases. The pandemic might be an indirect cause.
The Associated Press

King County prosecutors say the number of hate crime cases they are overseeing is on the rise — and the pandemic might be partly to blame.

In 2018, prosecutors handled 30 hate crime cases. In 2019, the number was 38. Today, they are overseeing 51 cases, and the year isn’t over yet.

Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

Joshua Piatok should be in London right now.

It’s where he had planned to spend his first semester as a Northeastern University student. Instead, he’s staying in a Boston hotel with other science, technology, engineering and math majors.

It’s one of many adjustments college freshmen have had to make in a year of crisis. The coronavirus pandemic has forced many to temper dreams and expectations, and navigate a new social world amid social-distancing rules.

Adrian Florez / KNKX

College, in the minds of many incoming freshmen, is about so much more than education. It’s supposed to be a formative experience that creates lifelong memories and lifelong friendships, an adventure that sets the stage for the rest of your life.

But what if your freshman year coincides with a pandemic?

A medical worker at the Indigo Bothell Clinic.
Kristen Zwiers / MultiCare

Citing unsafe working conditions, doctors at 20 Indigo Urgent Care clinics across Western Washington are striking.

The two-day strike at the clinics, which are operated by MultiCare Health System, is scheduled to end Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Due to the high demand, health officials say if you don’t have coronavirus symptoms, then hold off on getting a test right now. Last month COVID testing sites in the Seattle area were conducting about 4,0000 tests a day. Now that number is up to about 8,000. Testing centers are straining to keep up.

Also, just because you get a negative test result does not mean you are safe to socialize with other people this Thanksgiving. 

Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife, Trudi, delivered a live address to the state Thursday night urging Washington residents to change their Thanksgiving plans amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

The number of COVID-19 cases has doubled in Washington state over the past two weeks. In response, Gov. Jay Inslee recommends a 14-day quarantine for people coming into the state and is asking people to stay close to home. California and Oregon are doing the same to try and slow the spread of the virus.

A worker wears PPE as he walks along a line of cars, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, at a King County COVID-19 testing site in Auburn.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press (file)

Make some sacrifices now to avoid future pain. That was the message from Washington state health officials Tuesday as confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state are at their highest levels yet — and accelerating quickly.

AP File Photo

It’s not a matter of if a third wave of the coronavirus will hit Washington state, but a matter of when, says Dr. Steve Mitchell at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Positive cases are ticking up in Washington, and area hospitals are planning for a surge.

Tarra Simmons, an attorney who previously served time in prison, is on track to become the first formerly incarcerated person to serve in the state Legislature as a representative in the 23rd District.
Courtesy of Tarra Simmons

This week’s general election appears to be moving the needle on diversity in Washington state.

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