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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.

Ways to Connect

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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.

Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

 

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.)  

Adrian Florez / KNKX

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.

Jennifer Wing / KPLU

If you've ever lost a pet and were lucky enough to find it, you know the sharp pain of expecting the worst and then the huge wave of relief when you are reunited with animal. I experienced this roller coaster so many times I lost count.

These searches and reunions involved the same animal; a cat named Snowdrift.  This clever little cat was technically lost, a lot, and I’m not so certain he ever really wanted to be found, by me.

Courtesy of Patrick Haggerty

This story originally aired on March 31, 2018.   

In 1973, in the midst of the Stonewall era, a Seattle band called Lavender Country released an eponymous album. The album delivered radical politics with a country twang, and became known as the world's first openly gay country album.

In this interview, Patrick Haggerty tells Gabriel Spitzer  how the album lived, and died, and lived again. He also explains why the album might never have existed if it weren't for his father--a "hayseed" of a dairy farmer who gave his son permission to be exactly who he was.

A house in West Seattle has a candy chute among its Halloween decorations, in preparation for socially distanced trick-or-treating. But experts say families should steer clear of the annual door-to-door tradition.
Posey Gruener / KNKX

Getting COVID-19 can be scarier than any horror movie or Halloween haunted house. Health officials and pediatricians aren't telling us to skip Halloween this year, but they do urge serious caution.

ADRIAN FLOREZ / KNKX

 

Things are getting a little scary out there. The number of new coronavirus cases is on the rise. Hospital beds are filling up across the country. Deaths are climbing. Sobering stuff. 

As we wait for the approval of vaccines, development and testing of better treatments is crucial. Effective therapies don’t get as much attention, but they are just as important in making this disease less deadly. This is what we’re talking about in the latest episode of Transmission.

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. 

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.

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