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What Pierce County officials knew in the days following Manny Ellis' death

Letters on a white facade building.
Parker Miles Blohm
The offices of the Pierce County Medical Examiner in Tacoma, Wash.

The Walk Home is a podcast from KNKX produced in partnership with the Seattle Times. It tells the story of Manny Ellis, a Black man who died in Tacoma police custody in 2020.

Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick sat down with KNKX’s South Sound reporter Kari Plog to talk about what you will hear in the third episode of The Walk Home. Kari takes us behind the scenes of the investigation and we learn what Pierce County officials knew in the days immediately following Ellis' death. Listen to their conversation above.

You can subscribe to the series at and listen to the rest of that episode now on all podcast platforms.

Kirsten Kendrick hosts Morning Edition on KNKX and the sports interview series "Going Deep," talking with folks tied to sports in our region about what drives them — as professionals and people.
Vivian McCall is a former KNKX reporter, producer and host. She previously spent eight years as a reporter in Chicago, where she wrote for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ public radio.
Kari Plog is a former KNKX reporter who covered the people and systems in Pierce, Thurston and Kitsap counties, with an emphasis on police accountability.