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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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Lakewood resident Zabrina Holcombe, 43, is one of the thousands of people in Washington whose unemployment payments have been put on hold or not come through at all as the state deals with fraud investigations.
Jennifer Wing / KNKX

The unemployment rolls in Washington state have started to shrink in the past few weeks after hitting record levels earlier during the pandemic.

Suzi LeVine, commissioner of the state Employment Security Department, said initial weekly claims for unemployment have fallen sharply for the past two weeks. In addition, the total number of Washingtonians collecting unemployment seems to have crested and is now falling back.

In this photo taken on Thursday, April 26, 2018, a woman in a wheelchair passes a Pit Stop in San Francisco. The Pit Stop program provides public toilets, sinks, used needle receptacles and dog waste stations in San Francisco's most impacted neighborhoods
Ben Margot / The Associated Press

This story originally aired on June 8, 2019.

Seattle, like many other cities, commonly deals with people going to the bathroom in public spaces.  If you are someone who does not have access to shelter, finding a safe place to go to the bathroom in Seattle is especially difficult.

In fact, work by the Seattle Auditor’s Office revealed just how limited bathrooms are citywide: six publicly funded bathrooms are available for use 24/7, said City Auditor David Jones. And of the bathrooms available, few were usable.

Westport in Grays Harbor County is a surfing destination. Grays Harbor's economy relies heavily on tourism, which has taken a hit as a result of COVID-19. The county faces its highest unemployment rate in decades.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX (file)

A clearer picture of how many people are out of work in Washington state is starting to emerge.

The figures are sobering. Data released from Washington state’s Employment Security Department show that the state lost 527,000 jobs last month.

The county with the highest unemployment rate in April is Snohomish, with 20.2 percent. Grays Harbor is second at 19.4 percent.

Jennifer Wing

 

This story originally aired on June 1, 2019.

Sheree Cooks is a 37-year-old working mom of three. She’s been a leader of parent teacher groups in Tacoma. She gives talks to school administrators about race and equity, and she co-founded the nonprofit Eastside Community Action Network.

 

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As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, some clear patterns have emerged. One is that people of color are being affected by this virus at higher rates than white people. 

In Washington state, the disparities are especially stark among the Latino population.

More than a third of the state's COVID-19 cases have been Latino, which is way out of proportion to their 13 percent share of the general population.

Sound Effect host Gabriel Spitzer and climate scientist Judy Twedt, outside the KNKX studios in Belltown.
Jennifer Wing / KNKX

 

This story originally aired on May 25, 2019.

When most of us see scientific data presented on graphs and spreadsheets, the meaning behind the numbers can get lost pretty fast — even when they are explained by an expert.

 

Jennifer Wing

 

This story originally aired on May 25, 2019.

Seattle writer Paulette Perhach likes to spend her food money at a typical boutique grocery store in Seattle. You know, the kind with hardwood floors, shelves that are curated with an ethical conscience — and really good cheese. Perhach is 36 years old. She’s a freelance writer who fully admits to liking fancier things she can’t afford. One of her favorite things to buy in this store is feelings.

 

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There is a lot to worry about right now: our jobs and our health. How will we be able to make next month’s rent or mortgage payment? Then there is the bigger question — will life ever be the same again? 

But, even though we are living in unprecedented and scary times, there is still room for laughter. There is still a lot to smile about and be grateful for. 

What are your moments of joy? This is the question we are asking today on Transmission. 

Gabriel Spitzer / KNKX

This story originally aired on April 27, 2019. 

 

 

By the time Stuart Olsen was 7 years old, he had endured more surgeries than most people experience in a lifetime. The focus of all of this medical attention and effort was on his legs.

 

“I must have had 11 or 12 surgeries to try and fix my legs,” Olsen said.

 

Hunter Hoffman

This story originally aired on April 27, 2019. 

Being treated for a severe burn is one of the most physically painful things a human can experience. Dead skin has to be scrubbed away. The skin has to be stretched so that as it heals, it doesn’t get tight. If this is not done, a patient can be maimed permanently. It’s during these treatments, or wound care sessions, that the pain is often the worst.

A drive-through COVID-19 testing site is operating on the campus of Skagit Valley College.
Courtesy of Skagit County Public Health

A new drive-through testing site is up and running in Skagit County for people who suspect they have COVID-19. It’s open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Skagit Valley College. The site has the capacity to perform up to 200 tests a day.

Sup Pop CEO Megan Jasper having fun in the 1990s.
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records

 

This story originally aired on April 20, 2019. 

 

Back in the early 1990s, all eyes were on Seattle. The local music scene was exploding. The young, flannel-wearing creatives of the Northwest had given birth to a new genre of music called grunge.

Michael Stravato / Associated Press

This story originally aired on April 20, 2019. 

Back in the early 1980s, many people in El Salvador wanted an escape from poverty. They were trying to get the government to adopt policies that would redistribute that country’s wealth.

To the United States, these policies looked like communism.

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We explore the power of the antibody — a protein that our blood cells make when our body encounters a virus.

Scientists have known for more than 100 years that if you take antibodies from someone who has recovered from a virus and transfer plasma, a blood byproduct, from that person to someone who is sick with that same virus, the patient will usually fare better than someone who doesn’t get this extra help.

Chanel Reynolds and her son, Gabe Hernando. After Reynolds' husband, Jose Hernando, was killed in a biking accident, Chanel spent years sorting out their financial situation. She shares what she's learned in her blog, Get Your S##t Together.
Chanel Reynolds

 

A few months ago, who would have thought we’d be isolated in our homes so that we don’t catch a virus that is killing thousands of people around the world? 

Preparing for the unthinkable is something Seattle writer Chanel Reynolds is very familiar with.

In this April 2 photo, nurses at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle gather before starting their shift in a triage tent outside the emergency department. Harborview has seen a 50 percent drop in heart attacks and stent procedures amid the pandemic.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

 

Since COVID-19 arrived in Washington state, doctors have noticed a strange trend. They are seeing a drop in heart attack and stroke cases. 

Courtesy of Elmer Dixon

This story originally aired on March 23, 2019.

When Elmer Dixon was growing up in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood in the early 1960s, the neighborhood was incredibly diverse. In the playground across the street from his house you could find every kind of kid.

“Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, black, white, Latino,” Elmer recalled.

Sister Judy Byron (in blue, at left) having a dialogue with board members of Merck Pharmeceuticals in New York at the Interfaith Center.
courtesy of Judy Byron

This story originally aired on March 23, 2019.

When Judy Byron became a nun, she thought she'd spend her life wearing a habit and teaching school. And she did do that, for a while. But then an opportunity came along to make an impact in a different way.

Sister Judy became a shareholder. A shareholder in pursuit of justice.

An employee at Whole Foods near Interbay restocks shelves on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

 

As medical workers deal with the current health crisis, grocery store workers are finding themselves sometimes bearing the brunt of our stress and frustration.

Sue Wilmot works as a cashier at a Safeway on Bainbridge Island. She has more than 25 years of experience working in grocery stores. Employees at her Safeway are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. Wilmot is her store's shop steward.

Matt Fleming,  the man behind Tacoma Shout Outs on Instagram. Pay him $1 and he will shout out your message to the person it's intended for.
Courtesy of Matt Fleming

 

As we all hunker down and stay physically away from friends and neighbors, people are finding creative ways to be together. One man in Tacoma is connecting across distances by talking really loud.

If you pay 27-year-old Matt Fleming $1, he will ride his bike to the location you send him and deliver your message to the person it’s intended for. Fleming spends about six hours a day doing this — covering up to 20 miles, yelling messages from the top of his lungs at people stuck in their homes.

Courtesy of Melba Ayco

 

This story originally aired on February 23, 2019.

When Melba Ayco was growing up in rural Louisiana, she was a curious child. She had two nicknames: Froggy, because she had large eyes, and “Mel-bad” because sometimes she got into mischief. If she broke something in her home, she never told her mother the truth.

 

Courtesy of the Oliver family

 

This story originally aired on February 23, 2019.   

In 1989, Washington marked 100 years as an official state. Leading up to the milestone, state leaders held meetings about what the celebration should look like.

Emmett Sampson Oliver, a member of the Quinault Indian Nation, attended one of the planning sessions. At the end of the meeting, his son Marvin Oliver recalls, Emmett stood up and asked everyone in the room: "Wait a minute, what are you doing for indians?"

ADRIAN FLOREZ / KNKX

When the novel coronavirus made its way to the United States, it landed here, in the Pacific Northwest. Transmission is a podcast about life at the heart of an epidemic. 

Today’s episode: Houseless. In this episode, Transmission teams up with the Outsiders podcast.  

Jennifer Wiley

 

This story originally aired on January 19, 2019.   

In the basement of Franklin High School in South Seattle there is a sprawling room full of lathes, band saws and sanding equipment. In one of the room’s closets, tree stumps wait to be turned into polished bowls, guitar stands and bookcases.

Before he was gunned down last year on June 2 in Martha Washington Park, 17-year-old Ryan Dela Cruz made things in this wood shop.

Parker Miles Blohm

 

 

It’s Valentine's Day and the first-grade students in Kelye Kneeland’s classroom at Spirit Ridge Elementary in Bellevue are patiently waiting to hand out cards to each other. They are all wearing their special kindness capes.

 

“I know that you are all kings and queens of kindness. When you have passed out your Valentine's you can start a station,” Kneeland tells the students. 

  

Jennifer Wing

 

This story originally aired on December 8, 2018.    

In 1956, Rita Zawaideh's parents made the decision to move the family to the United States so that their children would have a better education. They left their large extended, Roman Catholic family behind in Jordan. They eventually settled in Seattle, where Zawaideh lives today.

 

In this story, Zawaideh talks about the difficult consequences of making choices when she was a young woman that her family did not agree with and about the love that came from an unexpected community.

 

David Ryder

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.”

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. 

 

Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

This story originally aired on Janary 5, 2019.

 

At the corner of South King Street and Eighth Avenue South in Seattle’s International District, the inviting smell of almonds and sugar permeates the air. This is where thousands of fortune cookies are born each week. But this is also the birthplace to 17 different varieties of noodles.

 

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

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. 

This phenomenon is called microchimerism. So, what are these cells doing in our bodies? Scientists are just scratching the surface of this and what they are finding is incredibly fascinating.

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