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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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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.

Steve Weaver, an unemployed bartender, is touring the state to raise awareness of the unemployed who are going weeks, and sometimes months, without unemployment.
Jennifer Wing

Since the COVID-19 pandemic landed in Washington, the economic fallout has driven more than a million people here to apply for unemployment insurance. These payments have become the safety net for workers during the worst recession in generations. 

But tens of thousands of people are still waiting for their benefits to appear in their bank accounts.  

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.

 

Adrian Florez / KNKX

 

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.

 

Adrian Florez / KNKX

 

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.

ADRIAN FLOREZ / KNKX

 

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. 

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