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The best months and most turbulent times of Manny Ellis’ life

A person wearing an orange jacket hangs a poster illustrating Manny Ellis smiling with the words "Happy Farther's Day Manny" below.
Parker Miles Blohm
Supporters of Manuel Ellis hang a poster with his photo during a celebration in Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood.

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

KNKX’s South Sound reporter Kari Plog joined Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick to talk about the latest episode, which digs into how Manny lived, the ups and downs and listeners will hear from Manny himself for the first time through court recordings.

This episode shows how Manny’s walk home didn’t start the night that he was killed, it started 33 years before that. Listen to their conversation above.

You can subscribe to the series at and listen to the full episode 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.
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.
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.