Year started with KUOW: 2008
Ann Dornfeld reports on issues of racial inequity for KUOW.
She previously covered education for the station. Before that, Ann was a roving freelance public radio reporter, focusing on environmental issues, for KUOW and national shows including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Environment Report and Marketplace. Ann has reported on a rare bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico, penguin habitat loss in South Africa, mangrove destruction in the U.S. Virgin Islands, coral reef conservation in Bonaire and invasive lionfish in the Bahamas. She covered a major earthquake in Sumatra, Indonesia, for NPR News and The World.
Ann also worked as a reporter and Morning Edition host at KLCC Public Radio in Eugene, Oregon, after internships at KUOW and Alaska Public Radio Network. She got her start spinning hip-hop records at the radio station of Oregon State University, where she majored in biology and environmental sciences.
She has won awards for her reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, The Associated Press and Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. Ann has also received both investigative and data reporting awards from the Education Writers Association for her coverage of ongoing recess cutbacks and physical education shortages in Seattle-area schools. Her photography has appeared in exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
Seattle Public Schools are shutting down for at least two weeks. The move is meant to slow the spread of coronavirus but it's also creating child care problems for parents.
Schools in the Puget Sound region of Washington state are taking a number of precautions given the coronavirus outbreak there. Some are closing; others are disinfecting buildings.
Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.
Teachers had been on strike for a week, giving more than 50,000 public school students an extended summer vacation. Classes begin Thursday. The teachers will take a final vote on the deal on Sunday.
Seattle students were supposed to start school Wednesday, but teachers voted to strike in a dispute over pay raises. More than 50,000 public school students and about 5,000 teachers aren't in class.
Students of color have long been punished in far higher numbers than white students in Seattle. The Education Department is looking at whether black students are disciplined more frequently and more harshly than white students for the same behavior.