Northwest Reports

Northwest Reports

Northwest Reports takes listeners deep into the stories that shape Seattle, Washington state, and the Pacific Northwest, drawing on the enterprising work being done by reporters in the Cascade PBS newsroom. Through conversations with journalists, community members and newsmakers, we showcase personal stories that help us better understand the real-life impacts behind the headlines. Hosted by Maleeha Syed and Sara Bernard.


June 12, 2024 19 mins

After being forced to move from Seattle and, this year, Snohomish, Sandra Mears and her partner are still searching for a place to call home as renters.

Sandra Mears rented in Seattle for years – until she and her partner had to leave their home because it was getting torn down. 

They moved to a spot in Snohomish, where they could go to the farmers market, walk to restaurants and feel a sense of community.  

They lived there for ye...

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Ahead of World UFO Day, we spoke with Carole Williams about the community she’s found with others who share her interest in extraterrestrials.

We’re talking aliens – and community – ahead of World UFO Day.  

People generally celebrate World UFO Day on July 2 – though historically the celebration has also been held on June 24, thanks to a 1947 event involving a pilot’s report of nine flying objects near Mount Rainier.   

This incide...

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May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander month. KEXP host Kevin Sur shares why broad terms don’t always speak to communities like his own.

AANHPI Heritage Month is coming to a close. 

May is widely recognized as a time to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, or AANHPI, communities. There have been different versions of this acronym over the years – from Asian Pacific American (APA) to...

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Wolfe and his team will focus the five-part docuseries on reefnet fishing and its significance to PNW Indigenous communities.

Cascade PBS has just revealed what’s to come in the third season of Origins. 

The company recently announced Samuel Wolfe as the director chosen to take on the newest season of Origins, a project that awards regional filmmakers $40,000 to create a docuseries on communities they belong to. Previous seasons ha...

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After taking steps to affirm his gender, Torrey Stephenson decided to take a plunge – and became a triathlete in the process.

Torrey Stephenson was born biologically female.  

Over the years he realized that he identifies as a man, and took measures to align with his gender — for example, getting top surgery in 2020.  

As he grew more comfortable in his body, he wanted to try something new: swimming.  

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Cascade PBS anchor Paris Jackson hears from the mayor about key issues facing his administration, such as public safety and Downtown revitalization.

The mayor of Seattle talked all things Emerald City in his recent conversation with Cascade PBS.  

Bruce Harrell was first elected to lead the city in 2021, though he had served as interim mayor in 2017. He also spent years on Seattle’s City Council, including as its president.  


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Phillips, one of the advocates behind the Cascade PBS project that highlights Black artists in Seattle, discusses its origins — and the new season.

Black Arts Legacies has returned for its third season.  

The project dedicated to documenting the impact and stories of Black artists in Seattle has showcased dozens of people — from dancers and musicians to architects and curators — through written and video profiles, podcast episodes ...

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Producer Sara Bernard offers a peek into how the moss is made and teases what lies in wait for listeners in the podcast’s fifth season.

Mossback’s back!  

The beloved video series has returned, and host Knute Berger continues to explore Pacific Northwest history. The fifth season of the companion podcast that Knute co-hosts with Stephen Hegg is back, too.  

A couple of episodes are already out – about deadly avalanches and the effo...

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April 17, 2024 21 mins

After Evans' appearance at a Northwest Power and Conservation Council meeting, Venice Buhain and Knute Berger discuss his impact on Washington.

Dan Evans has been a force in Washington for decades.  

The public figure, now 98, has plenty of titles under his belt: Engineer. Washington governor. U.S. Senator.  

In this episode of Northwest Reports, host Maleeha Syed speaks with Cascade PBS associate news editor Venice Buhain about th...

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Cascade PBS reporter Mai Hoang talks with the former state legislator about her newest gig, including key issues affecting the city's community members.

This week, Lisa Brown officially passed the 100-day mark in her new role as Spokane’s mayor. 

Brown started her term at the beginning of the year after defeating incumbent Nadine Woodward. She has worked in several different capacities over the years, including as a lawmaker in the...

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We spoke with Cynthia Brothers, founder of the project that highlights disappearing institutions and cultures in the city, about losing public spaces.

Coffee shops. Churches. Gyms.   

These are just a few examples of what you might consider your “third place” – a spot you go outside of work and your home to hang out and connect.  

The concept of third places isn’t new, but it has seen renewed interest in recent years as we navigate...

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Lizz Giordano takes us behind the scenes on how dozens of foreign Filipino fishermen wound up stranded on a boat in Grays Harbor.

A fishing company allegedly left two dozen Filipino men stranded at the Westport Marina for months last year, according to the latest reporting from the investigative team at Cascade PBS.  

The men were contracted with McAdam’s Fish, which decided to dock their boats in September amid a slow season. None...

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March 20, 2024 20 mins

The newspaper’s future was in question after founder Sandy Williams died. Reporter Mai Hoang talks about the push to get it up and running again.

For years Black readers in Eastern Washington could rely on The Black Lens, a Spokane-based newspaper, for community news.  

That changed in 2022, when founder Sandy Williams died in a floatplane crash

Suddenly the fate of the publication — which had already been on hiatus — was left ha...

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The two, who met years ago through a peace organization, spoke about their lives before and after Oct. 7 at a Town Hall Seattle event on Friday.

All eyes have been on Gaza since October 7, when Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel that killed around 1,200 people. Since then, Israel has killed upward of 30,000 Palestinians, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry.  

The war between Israel and Hamas has sparked global outrage, trig...

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The environmental crisis has brought on anxiety, grief and a reluctance to have kids, says UW Bothell professor Jennifer Atkinson.   

It’s hard to miss the signs of climate change.   

The ocean’s heating, ice sheets are melting and – in places like Washington – wildfire seasons are getting longer.  

But climate change isn’t just impacting our landscape: It’s also affecting our mental health.  

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February 28, 2024 19 mins

News editor Donna Blankinship interviewed Steve Hobbs about boosting voter confidence ahead of this year's elections.

Washington’s Secretary of State has a big year ahead.  

The 2024 election is already underway as Washington voters begin to cast their ballots in the presidential primary. Voters have until March 12 to choose among a handful of candidates, including Joe Biden and Donald Trump — the likely nominees for president.  


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February 21, 2024 19 mins

Reporter Jadenne Radoc Cabahug shares the stories of Black Seattleites who are continuing to work for equity and police accountability.

In May 2020, amid a global pandemic, protests erupted around the United States following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.  

People marched to demand greater accountability from law enforcement across the country, including in Seattle, where protesters occupied several blocks of Cap...

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February 13, 2024 22 mins

A Bellingham tenant and a housing advocate explain how steep rent increases are hurting state residents, and how HB 2114 could help.

For many tenants across Washington, rent is too high – and it keeps climbing. Right now, landlords face no limit on when or how much they can raise rents.  

HB 2114 would cap rent and fee increases to 7 percent in a 12-month period and prevent landlords from raising rent at all in the first year of a ...

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Reporter Brandon Block shares an example of how the state intercepts parental assistance to people who also receive TANF, or welfare.

In 2017, Amy Roark applied for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program after one of her exes stopped paying his child support.    

She began to receive money through the program, but as these funds started coming in, she stopped getting payments from her exes altogether.   

This wa...

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January 31, 2024 21 mins

June Guzman and Audrey Baedke offer housing and emotional support through the nonprofit Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST).

The Seattle area is a known hub for sex trafficking. Some estimates suggest that more than two thousand people could be trafficked in the region every night. 

June Guzman manages the 24/7 hotline and emergency shelter for Real Escape from the Sex Trade, or REST. Audrey Baedke is director of programs at REST...

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