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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.

Ways to Connect

Election worker Diana Kaczor sorts ballots from security envelopes at the King County Elections office Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Renton, Wash.
Elaine Thompson / AP

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.

Thomas Hawk/Flickr

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
Ashley Gross / KNKX

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.
Parker Blohm / KNKX

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.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

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

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.