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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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Joy Proctor, executive director of the Say Their Names Memorial, places a photo on the memorial site in Portland, Oregon, this past June.
Jessica Mangia Photography

In normal times, 38-year-old Joy Proctor is a wedding planner. She’s a Black woman who ives in Portland, Oregon. After participating in many of the Black Lives Matter protests, she came up with the idea back in June of a quiet way to remember Black men, women and children who have lost their lives at the hands of police or as a result of racially motivated violence. She and her sister and a small team of friends printed out the photos of these individuals and displayed them as a memorial.

Since then, Joy and her sister, Elise Proctor, have founded a nonprofit called Say Their Names Memorial.

David Ryder

This story originally aired on February 14, 2020.

Seattle author Paula Becker has a specific audience in mind for her latest book, "A House on Stilts, Mothering in the Age of Opioid Addiction."

“I really want people who have kids of about 11 and 12 to read this book, because I think that the trick is and the challenge is to try not to let the kid tumble over into addiction," Becker said. "So, when they're experimenting is the time to try every possible way to get them back.”

 

There has been some talk at the national level about aiming for herd immunity with this pandemic. Officials in the Trump administration are eager to reopen the economy. 

Herd immunity would involve allowing COVID-19 to spread, which in theory would eventually make people immune.

University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce in February 2019.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press (file)

Instead of a room full of people, University of Washington President Ana Mari Cauce gave her annual address in the empty Intellectual House, a longhouse style building on UW’s main campus built as a gathering space for Native American and Alaskan Native students.

Wearing purple, she spoke into a camera to her remote audience.

The nucleus is blue.
Courtesy of Dr. J. Lee Nelson and Coline Gentil

This story originally aired on January 25, 2020.

Not all of the cells in your body actually belong to you. Some cells might be from your mother, passed to you from when you were in utero. If you had children, their cells passed into your body the same way.

Researchers say that this can sometimes even be true for women who have a miscarriage in the second trimester or later, or who decided to terminate a pregnancy. 

Transmission Podcast
Adrian Florez / KNKX

Now that we are several months into this pandemic, we are entering a phase that many doctors and researchers are worried about. Let’s take a look at where things stand.

In this photo taken Tuesday, June 16, 2020, Cirio Hernandez Hernandez moves a ladder as he works to thin honey crisp apples in an orchard in Yakima, Wash. The coronavirus pandemic is hitting Latino communities especially hard.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press (file)

The Latino population in Washington state is just 13 percent of the population, and this group of people accounts for more than 40 percent of COVID-19 cases. By contrast, white residents make up 68 percent of the population, but account for only 39 percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Now, Latino doctors and community leaders are trying to understand why this is the case. 

The Associated Press (file)

Wash your hands, wear a mask, stay socially distant — and get a flu shot. This is the message health officials are preaching as we head into cooler months when we’ll all be spending more time indoors.

Smoke from wildfires in Oregon and California creates hazy skies as the sun is seen above the Washington state Capitol, Saturday afternoon, Sept. 12, 2020, in Olympia, Wash.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

 

Unhealthy and hazardous air will stay in Western Washington for much of this week. Air quality scientists say they are looking for wind — not rain — to clear things out.

A donkey that had to be moved due to the fires is now staying at Mount Hood Center, a facility just south of Gresham, Oregon.
Brandi Hatch

As parts of Western Oregon continue to burn and thousands of people are on alert to possibly evacuate, another type of evacuation is happening. The horse community in Oregon and Washington is stepping up to take in animals and to transport them to safer locations.

Transmission Podcast
Adrian Florez / KNKX

 

In March of this year, as the novel coronavirus started to take hold of the region, students and teachers were notified that in person school was over and remote learning would get underway. At first, everyone thought the move to online learning would be temporary, but it wasn’t.

Courtesy of Steve Edmiston.

 

This story originally aired on June 17, 2017.   

In the summer of 1947, off the coast of Maury Island in South Puget Sound, a man named Harold Dahl was out on his boat with his son, Christopher, their dog and two workers. Harold collected logs floating in the Sound and resold them to lumber mills.

 

In this May 27, 2020 photo, Samantha Sulik, left, director of the Frederickson KinderCare daycare center, in Tacoma, Wash., looks on as Michael Canfield, right, waits in an entryway to pick up his daughter Aurora at the end of the day.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

A new report from the state Department of Commerce shows that affordable child care in Washington is out of reach for many working parents. And the problem has only gotten worse.

One of the courtrooms in the King County Children and Family Justice Center.
Paula Wissel / KNKX

Recent data shows about 8 in 10 children charged in King County are people of color. The King County Council and the Seattle City Council are trying to make the criminal justice system more equitable.

Almin Zrno

 

This story originally aired Oct. 13, 2018.  

In the early 1990s, Gino Jevdjevic was living the typical life of a Yugoslavian popstar.

He signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans. He wore his hair in a ponytail and crooned schmaltzy melodies.

These days, Gino has a shaved head, a multitude of tattoos and a long, grey-streaked beard. He lives in Seattle, and his music is closer to metal or “Gypsy Punk” than it is to pop.

Youths float atop stand-up paddle boards offshore at Seattle's Alki Beach on July 29. To the south, in Pierce County, large gatherings of young people are causing a surge in COVID-19 cases among people between the ages of 20 to 29 years old.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press

Right now, there are more than 2,000 contact tracers working across Washington state. Kelsie Lane is one of them.

Contact tracing is a low-tech approach to keeping the virus in check. But it’s only effective if officials have timely test results.

King County Prosecutor's Office

COVID-19 has slowed down things like the economy and travel, but it has not had the same effect on gun violence.

In King County, from January this year through the end of June, 140 people were shot and 36 of those cases resulted in fatalities. That’s a 44 percent increase in gun deaths from this same period last year.

Police officers talk with a bicyclist after blocking off the area formerly known as the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone, or CHOP, during cleanup efforts. Even the businesses who supported people demonstrating suffered.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

Small businesses in Seattle neighborhoods heavily impacted by the pandemic and protests are now eligible for a little bit of extra help.

GSBA, an organization that supports LGBTQ businesses, is teaming up with Comcast to distribute $2,500 grants to small businesses located in Capitol Hill, First Hill and the Central District neighborhoods of Seattle. The money will be enough to fund small improvements or repairs.

Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

This story originally aired on November 9, 2019.  

  The Manastash Ridge Observatory, or the MRO, sits on top of a huge stretch of earth that pops out of the surrounding landscape of flat timothy hay fields.The ridge is actually an earthquake fault line, one of several in this part of the state.

Susan Lieu performing "140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother."  Her mother, Jennifer Ha, is on the screen behind her.
Joe Iano

 

This story originally aired on Nov. 9, 2019.  

Growing up in Santa Rosa, California, Susan Lieu’s mother, Jennifer Ha, was the glue that held her Vietnamese family together. 

 

Autumn Adams

 

This story originally aired on October 26, 2019.  

A good way to picture Autumn Adams is in her crimson cap and gown. This was last spring, as she graduated from Central Washington University in Ellensburg. 

 

 

By her side were two people: her 14-year-old brother John and her 10-year-old sister Kaya. Nothing unusual about family showing up for a big milestone like this.

 

But, Adams’ family is a little different from the other young grads there that day with their moms and uncles and grandmas. Autumn’s younger siblings have been there with her, on campus, for most of her college education.

 

Charles Krupa / The Associated Press (file)

Doctors are learning more about how COVID-19 affects pregnant women. According to new data collected by physicians across Washington state, women who are pregnant — especially in their last trimester — need to be very careful about contracting the virus.

The vaccine candidate's lead investigator is Jesse Erasmus, a post-doctoral fellow of microbiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Randy Carnell / UW Medicine

Researchers at the University of Washington are excited about a potential new vaccine against COVID-19. It’s an RNA vaccine that produces antibodies against COVID-19 in mice and primates.

Alison Krupnick on an early trip to Ho Chi Minh City, circa 1989.
Courtesy of Alison Krupnick

 

This story originally aired on October 19, 2019. 

 

The Vietnam War officially ended in 1973, but people continued to flee the country well into the 1980s. Hundreds of thousands of people escaped the country on boats. Thousands died at sea. It was an international humanitarian crisis. The men, women and children fleeing were called boat people.

 

Seattle City Council member Teresa Mosqueda discusses her payroll tax proposal, called JumpStart Seattle, during Monday's council meeting.
Jennifer Wing / KNKX

 

The Seattle City Council passed a new tax on big businesses, dubbed JumpStart Seattle. Supporters say this is much needed relief and opponents fear it will push jobs out of the city.

Businesses with at least $7 million in overall payroll would have to pay a tax on high salaries, starting at $150,000. The percentage paid out increases as salaries go higher.

File - In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, gun safety and suicide prevention brochures are on display next to guns for sale at a local retail gun store in Montrose, Colorado.
Brennan Linsley / The Associated Press (file)

Seattle researchers say a law that’s been on the books since 2016 in Washington state is being underutilized and has the potential to prevent more people from being harmed by firearms. Their findings are published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

File-In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 file photo, a campaign poster for Seattle City Council incumbent candidate Kshama Sawant is posted outside her campaign headquarters in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press (file)

The Seattle City Council voted to move out of committee a payroll tax that would raise more than $200 million a year. Businesses with at least $7 million in overall payroll would have to pay a tax on salaries over $150,000.

Swimmers at Green Lake's West Beach.
Kate McCarthy, Creative Commons

As summer weather and an upcoming long holiday weekend beckon people outside, more outdoor activities are opening up in Seattle. The city is opening five swimming beaches starting this Wednesday, July 1. These include Madison, Matthews, Mount Baker, West Green Lake and Pritchard.

Protesters gather in Capitol Hill during the early days of the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, or CHOP.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

 

The Capitol Hill Organized Protest — or CHOP — in Seattle has attracted worldwide media attention. Huge companies with big payrolls have dispatched reporters there. The whole time, Omari Salisbury has been there, too. He’s an independent journalist, and his company is Converge Media. It often streams live video for hours a day that attracts thousands of views.

Jennifer Wing

Some small businesses and nonprofits located in Seattle's Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, or CHOP, are not only worried about their financial futures, but also the future of the neighborhood as a whole.

KNKX checked in with three businesses and two nonprofits. While many were willing to talk, they would only talk candidly if they could remain anonymous.

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