(41 posts)

Cheryl Waters at KEXP

In the DJ booth at KEXP

Cheryl Waters never thought her volunteer gig would lead to a job, much less a 25-year career in live radio. Back in 1994, Cheryl was volunteering her Friday nights (Saturday mornings, technically) to work 1 to 6 a.m. in the DJ booth at KCMU. Twenty-five years later, the station is now called KEXP, and Cheryl […]

Art & Culture / September 20, 2019

Captain John McMillen

Got questions about the ferry? This captain has answers

Washington state has the largest ferry system in North America with 22 vessels in Puget Sound and 25 million riders per year. It’s up to Captain John McMillen to make sure tourists and regulars alike make the journey safely back and forth from Coleman Dock to Bainbridge Island. He’ll be the first to tell you: […]

Locals to Know / September 6, 2019

Mohamud Yussuf

Meet the man behind Seattle’s Somali news source

Runta means “the truth,” in Somali. It’s also the name of a Seattle-based news website, founded by longtime journalist and Somali refugee Mohamud Yussuf. Mohamud started the paper while he was living as a refugee in Nairobi, Kenya, back in 1995. He moved to Seattle a year later, and decided to restart Runta in 2001 […]

Community / September 6, 2019

Salmon

A place to meet and eat fish, sustainably

The Seattle Aquarium is all about interacting with local sea life. You can watch it, you can touch it, you can … eat it? We thought that was a little strange too. So we met up with the aquarium’s executive chef, Molly De Mers, who is in charge of preparing food for the cafe as […]

Environment / August 28, 2019

Seattle Waterfront

What will Seattle’s new waterfront look like?

Have you been down to the central waterfront recently? Amid the traffic, tourists, and bulldozers the viaduct is steadily disappearing. With all that action, it’s easy to miss the new elements that are taking shape at the waterfront. If you listen hard, you can almost hear the waves lapping at the Washington Street Beach, or […]

Community / August 16, 2019

Andre Matthews

A place to get back on your feet

André Matthews has been thrown a few curveballs in life. When he was 5 years old, he left Jamaica and moved to Florida. He put himself through college, working full time and living in his car. Now he’s in Seattle, living at the Union Gospel Mission shelter and hunting for a job. According to the […]

Housing / August 15, 2019

Ivar Haglund

Remembering the viaduct’s first hater

Maybe you remember him for his pranks. Or perhaps his generosity. Or maybe you just really like his clam chowder. Whatever the reason, Ivar Haglund has become an almost mythical figure in Emerald City. That’s why we decided to launch our video series about the Seattle Waterfront this week with a look back at the […]

Art & Culture / August 9, 2019

Ken Lacey

From prison to paycheck

Building a life after prison is no easy task. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, formerly incarcerated people are almost ten times more likely to end up homeless, and they face an unemployment rate five times higher than the national average. FareStart is a Seattle organization looking to put a dent in those numbers locally. […]

Housing / August 9, 2019

Diane Nardi

Going back to work, and school, at 61

We sat down with Diane Nardi to to talk about the difficulty of going back to work (and school) at age 61. While she has stable housing now, Diane experienced homelessness in the past. That’s part of the reason she’d like to find a position helping other folks navigate housing and health resources. She’s planning […]

Housing / August 5, 2019

Joey Pollitt

Working full-time while homeless

What does it take to hold down a job while struggling with unstable housing? And, is a job enough to find stability? Joey Pollitt is a longtime Seattleite. He had a place in Belltown for a decade, but lost it in 2005 after he was laid off from his recycling job. After that, Joey picked […]

Housing / August 5, 2019