Year started with KUOW: 2009
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Good thing John was a clumsy traveler.
Otherwise his cheap microcassette recorder wouldn't have fallen out of his pocket in an Indonesian taxi, a generous BBC stringer wouldn't have lent him some professional recording gear, and he wouldn't have gotten the radio bug. But after pointing a mic at rare jungle songbirds and gong–playing grandmothers for his first radio story, there was no turning back.
He then freelanced for shows such as All Things Considered, Living on Earth, Marketplace and The World. He also continued his print career by reporting for newspapers including the Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times and Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce.
In 2009, John moved back to Seattle after two exciting years covering avalanches, political intrigue and just about everything in between for KTOO FM, the NPR station in Alaska's capital city.
John has won national awards for KUOW as a freelancer (check out "As the Sound Churns") and now as a staff reporter, including the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi awards for Public Service in Radio Journalism and for Investigative Reporting. He believes democracy only works when journalism holds the powerful accountable for their words and actions.
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In addition to the stories below, John'sKUOWstories from September 2012 and before arearchived here.
Several states have new laws to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that fuel rising temperatures. Washington has changed how big businesses use energy and how people fuel their vehicles.
More electrical substations in the Pacific Northwest were attacked in 2022 than the prior six years combined. These come as the FBI has warned of far-right extremist groups targeting the power grid.
This brings the total of reported attacks on the Northwest power grid to 10 since November. Attacks on substations in the Pacific Northwest have heightened concerns about grid vulnerabilities.
The heat wave of 2021 was the deadliest weather event in Washington state's history. Hundreds died. What has the state learned from that event and are they better prepared for the next one?
An oil train derailment near Seattle is under investigation. In late 2020, 10 tanker cars went off the rails. Now, the rail workers unions says they believe the disaster was caused by sabotage.
Washington has OK'd a plan to allow Navy SEALS to train in state parks. The special ops will now do exercises at more than a dozen sites around the state. Parkgoers are worried about safety.
Families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border are beginning to be reunited. In Seattle, a Honduran mother got to see her son for the first time in nearly two months.
The consulate closes Friday under orders from the White House. In addition, 60 Russian officials are being expelled from the U.S. because of the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy and his daughter.
The move comes seven months after an ill-fated fish farm collapsed, releasing as many as 250,000 of the nonnative fish into areas where wild Pacific salmon are already struggling to survive.
Historical photos show fishermen with chinooks almost as tall as they are. A century's worth of dam-building, overfishing, habitat loss and hatcheries has cut the size of the average fish in half.