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Kari Plog

Digital Content Manager

Kari Plog is an eager newcomer to public radio and a longtime admirer. Her background as a print journalist started at The News Tribune in Tacoma, where she covered government and communities across Pierce County.

Her work included an award-winning investigation into a deadly boat launch in Tacoma. Before joining KNKX in November 2018, Kari worked for her alma mater, Pacific Lutheran University, where she served as senior editor of the institution’s magazine, producing long-form storytelling from Parkland to Norway.

Kari also worked for several years as a college newspaper adviser at the University of Puget Sound, and continues to serve as a passionate advocate for aspiring journalists and student media. She’s a lover of orca whales, wine and Prince. She lives in Tacoma with her husband and their lovable 75-pound lapdog, Bernie.

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Following eight months of meetings, a workgroup on the prevention of sexual harassment in the Washington state House is recommending the formation of an independent office where victims could report misconduct, among other reforms.

In an on-air chat with All Things Considered host Ed Ronco, Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins said the full set of recommendations is robust.

Gov. Jay Inslee
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Gov. Jay Inslee’s possible presidential campaign is getting financial backing, with more than $112,000 raised since October. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talked about this story with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Seattle skyline
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As Seattle drivers start making plans to deal with the longest major highway closure the Puget Sound region has ever seen, the state Department of Transportation is outlining plans for demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct

Officials hosted a groundbreaking for the long-awaited Seattle Center Arena renovation project on Wednesday. It will be the home to the NHL's newest franchise starting in 2021.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

It's official — finally. Seattle is home to the next National Hockey League team, after the organization announced the expansion Tuesday morning. The announcement was followed by a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday. 

Goose Point oyster farm in Grays Harbor.
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GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY, WASH. — The narrative you often hear about this place is that it’s depressed, that the economy has not been kind. Indeed, that's part of the story. But there’s so much more. In this special presentation, we offer a broader picture of the area — the challenges facing residents here and the reasons they love calling it home. Included in our coverage are stories about government, business and history. 

Grays Harbor has a long history of logging.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

GRAYS HARBOR, WASH.  —  As part of special coverage here last week, All Things Considered host Ed Ronco introduced listeners to a pair of local historical fixtures: the Polson Museum in Hoquiam and the Aberdeen Museum of History. The former focuses on the history of logging. The latter faces a long road to recovery after a devastating fire in June. 

Stefanie Ask gave her friend, KNKX All Things Considered host Ed Ronco, a tour of her childhood neighborhood in Hoquiam. While they were there, they also attended the city's annual Loggers Playday festival.
David Dodman

HOQUIAM, WASH. — Stefanie Ask says it's natural to make jokes about where you grew up. But when someone else does it, protective feelings bubble to the surface. "You feel this swelling of rage and sort of pride for this place," she told All Things Considered host Ed Ronco.

Montesano Mayor Vini Samuel
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GRAYS HARBOR, WASH. — People might not think of Grays Harbor County first as a bastion of progress. But take a closer look at the area's leaders and you might get a different picture. 

Don Sucher, owner of Sucher and Sons Star Wars Shop in Aberdeen, is too jovial to be a purist.
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Tomorrow, KNKX Connects to Grays Harbor County. All Things Considered will broadcast from the Aberdeen Timberland Library, sharing stories about government, business and history. Today, we give you a sneak peek of our special coverage. KNKX producer Geoffrey Redick brings us along on a visit to Sucher and Sons Star Wars Shop in Aberdeen.


seattle city council members during a meeting
Ted S. Warren / AP

The Seattle City Council has publicly opposed a proposal by the Trump Administration that one council member says is already having a chilling effect on immigrant communities. 

Election worker Diana Kaczor sorts ballots from security envelopes at the King County Elections office Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Renton, Wash.
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As part of his weekly debrief with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick, KNKX Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins discussed the state’s closest races that are still unresolved weeks after the Nov. 6 election.

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The criminal justice system has long treated juveniles who commit crimes differently than adults. Now, research suggests young adults ages 18 to 25 should receive different treatment, as well, and the state is reviewing whether it will make that distinction.

Kent Schools administration building
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Washington state is funneling billions of dollars into K-12 public education over the next few years to satisfy a state Supreme court order in the McCleary school-funding lawsuit. But that influx of money raises questions about accountability for school district finances. Washington, unlike other states, does not require districts to employ internal auditors to monitor spending of public funds.

 

Such oversight would be welcome in the Kent School District, where financial turmoil has many people reeling, even within the organization. Ashley Gross, KNKX’s youth and education reporter, sat down with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick to discuss her reporting on internal auditing in school districts, and the experts who champion the benefits of the additional accountability measure.

 

Post-doctoral researchers rallied at the University of Washington on Friday, demanding a swift resolution to contract negotiations.
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Several dozen post-doctoral researchers rallied at the University of Washington's Seattle campus on Friday, demanding a swift resolution to contract negotiations.

In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, semi-automatic rifles are displayed on a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash. Voters will decide the fate of I-1639, an initiative that would toughen background checks for people buying semi-automatic rifles, increase th
Elaine Thompson / AP

The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit Thursday to block a new statewide gun-control measure. 

Voters decidedly approved Initiative 1639 last week. Among many details spelled out in the new law, I-1639 prohibits people younger than 21 from buying semi-automatic rifles. It also requires buyers to pass an enhanced background check and show proof of firearms training.    

A man who was protesting with groups in opposition to a rally held by Patriot Prayer and other groups supporting gun rights is arrested by Seattle Police officers during the rally, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, near City Hall in Seattle.
Ted Warren / AP

UPDATE, 5:10 p.m. Tuesday: The Seattle City Council voted 8-1 to approve the new police contract, following a contentious meeting with a packed council chambers. 

Protesters gather at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle to denounce President Donald Trump's firing of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Parker Blohm / KNKX

Tacoma and Seattle were among the cities to join a nationwide protest Thursday, decrying the actions of President Donald Trump in the aftermath of the firing of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Seemingly hundreds of demonstrations, at least 47 of them in Washington state, came together within hours of the White House announcement that Sessions was forced to resign

Kim Schrier celebrates her lead in the 8th Congressional District race, during the Democratic party in Bellevue on election night Nov. 6, 2018.
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KNKX reporters fanned out across the region Tuesday for special coverage of the midterm election. Check back as results drop for updates on races and issues down the ballot. Share reaction to results as they roll in, here and across the nation, on social media using #KNKXelex, and listen to local and national coverage on air. And revisit past coverage below.

UPDATE, 12:15 p.m. Thursday: Austin Jenkins, Olympia correspondent for Northwest News Network, chatted with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick about tight state Legislative races.   


marijuana buds in the curing process
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Canada legalized marijuana beginning Oct. 17, and officials in the country’s individual provinces and territories will decide how the new system will roll out in each place. So far in British Columbia, marijuana sales have been stifled by a lack of supply and a rotating postal strike, the latter causing delivery challenges.