Bellamy Pailthorp

Environment Reporter

Bellamy Pailthorp joined the staff of KPLU as a general assignment reporter in 1999 and covered the business and labor beat for more than a decade. She now covers the environment beat. She was raised in Seattle, but spent 8 years in Berlin, Germany freelancing for NPR and working as a producer for Deutsche Welle TV after receiving a Fulbright scholarship in 1989. She holds a Bachelors degree in German language and literature from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and a Masters in journalism from New York's Columbia University, where she completed the Knight-Bagehot fellowship in business reporting in 2006.

Bellamy's most memorable KPLU radio moment: “Seeing the INS open a shipping container at the Port of Seattle that contained stowaways from China, three of whom died en route of seasickness. Harrowing stuff, with global economics and inequity at its root.”

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Northwest Film Scene
9:02 am
Fri December 3, 2010

Seattle making a big showing at Sundance

Amy Seimetz as Francine in "The Off Hours" by Seattle writer/producer Megan Griffiths. The film is one of four shot in Seattle that will screen at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Jason Ganwich /

It's a strong year for independent films – and for indie movies from the Pacific Northwest.  Four feature films that were shot in the Seattle area have been selected to screen at the Sundance Film Festival in January. 

"The Details" is a dark comedy  shot in Kirkland with a cast including star actors Laura Linney, Elizabeth Banks and Tobey McGuire.  It's in the line-up for the high-profile "Premieres" series. 

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Labor Relations
3:23 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Grocery workers voting on contract offer, approval likely

Gary Davis KPLU

Unionized grocery store workers are voting this week on a tentative agreement with their employers at the region's four big chains.  Ratification of a new three-year contract looks likely.

About twenty five thousand grocery workers in King, Snohomish, Kitsap and North Mason counties are covered in the contract.  Most work for QFC, Fred Meyer, Albertsons and Safeway stores.

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Panel Discussion
12:30 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Re-Imagining the GDP

The tiny kingdom of Bhutan measures Gross National Happiness rather than GDP.
Flickr/Chris Guillebeau

How should we measure societal progress and success?  What is the economy really for?  Is the measure of Gross National Happiness, championed by the tiny south Asian nation of Bhutan, superior to our Gross Domestic Product?  How has Seattle become one of the centers in the U. S. pursuing such alternative measures?

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Outsourcing Debate
4:10 pm
Wed December 1, 2010

The conference that didn’t happen: Mexico Now canceled Seattle event

Flickr, by aflcio/ Bernard Pollack

Organized labor flexed its muscles recently in our region, showing their influence behind the scenes. There won’t be any protests on the evening news.  But the threat of large-scale demonstrations this week by the Machinists Union and its supporters culminated in the cancellation of a conference meant to lure aerospace manufacturing to Mexico. It was scheduled to take place tomorrow in Seattle.  

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Washington's Economy
7:09 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

End of emergency unemployment benefits means final checks for thousands in Washington

Nearly 100,000 unemployed people in Washington were on emergency benefits before the federal program expired. There are five job seekers for every open position. The national unemployment rate is 9.6%.
Flickr, by khalilshah

Nearly 100,000 people in Washington will get letters this week, letting them know how soon their unemployment benefits will run out.  Emergency assistance for the long-term jobless has expired.  

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Boeing's Troubled Dreamliner
4:37 pm
Tue November 30, 2010

787 flying again, but another delay is certain

Another delay of the troubled Boeing 787 Dreamliner's first delivery to All Nippon Airways is certain.
AP

Boeing's damaged Dreamliner No. 2 is back in the air – but not for test flights.  It's not clear when the new jet's test flight program will resume or how long the latest 787 delay will end up being. 

But Boeing says the Dreamliner that was badly damaged by an in-flight fire in Texas three weeks ago took off from Laredo at 12:06 p.m. Pacific Time and was expected to land at Boeing Field at 4:18 this afternoon.  

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Business
5:07 am
Fri November 26, 2010

Port Townsend gets national spotlight for Small Business Saturday

Forest Gems Gallery in Port Townsend, WA is one of the Main Street independent businesses taking part in Small Business Saturday
Courtesy of Forest Gems Gallery

You’ve heard of Black Friday, Buy Nothing Day and Cyber Monday. Now there’s another post-Thanksgiving shopping event.  Small Business Saturday is a new initiative, meant to give independent shops a boost.  

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Busines & Labor
5:37 am
Mon November 22, 2010

Tentative deal reached in grocery chain talks

There'll be no Thanksgiving grocery strike at central Puget Sound's large supermarkets.
Gary Davis/KPLU

 Grocery workers and their employers have reached a tentative agreement after lengthy contract talks over the weekend.  This means shoppers no longer have to worry about a pre-Thanksgiving strike at the four big chains: QFC, Fred Meyer, Safeway and Albertsons.

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Budget Woes
5:03 pm
Fri November 19, 2010

Magnuson Park fans want to keep old buildings in use

Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park needs repairs. The city plans to phase out its use by 2013.
Seattle.gov

Seattle's Magnuson Park has one of the city's largest spaces to host large events, and it's well used, but it may face closure plans.

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Labor Relations
11:22 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Grocery Workers' Contract Talks Resume

Puget Sound grocery workers crowded in for a strike authorization vote last week. 94 % rejected the latest contract offer.
Courtesy UFCW 21

With just a week to go before Thanksgiving, there's new hope in the grocery workers contract dispute.  Negotiators are back at the table today  after a resounding majority of union members threatened to go on strike.

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Education Reform
10:50 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Seattle debating merits of Teach for America

A Teach for America trainee in a Florida classroom in 2008. Seattle Schools are voting on a proposal to allow TFA corps members in their classrooms.
AP

A full slate of public testimony is expected at tonight's  school board meeting in Seattle.  The board is voting on a controversial proposal to allow new recruits from a national organization called Teach for America into Seattle's public schools.  The program places top college grads – who don't have traditional teaching certificates - in underperforming schools. 

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Boeing Milestones
12:10 pm
Thu November 11, 2010

Boeing cuts ribbon on new P-8 facility

Boeing has cut the ribbon on a new production facility in south Seattle.  It's where a version of its best-selling 737 aircraft will be transformed into one of the US navy's most advanced surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. 


 

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Business
5:19 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Starbucks earnings double

Starbucks reported strong 4th quarter earnings, a nod the company has overcome some rocky times.
Photo by Gary Davis/KPLU

Just two years ago, Starbucks was laying off staff and closing hundreds of US stores in its efforts to slash costs and restore the chain to profitability. Now it's reporting record earnings for the fourth quarter, with profits up 86% compared to a year ago.

Starbucks says its turnaround has ushered in a new phase of growth. Sales in the US and abroad increased by 8% during the quarter.

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Business
1:56 pm
Thu November 4, 2010

Tacoma's loss, Seattle's gain: Russell Move Complete

Part of Russell Investment's newly remodeled space in the former WaMu Tower in downtown Seattle. It's now the Russell Investment Center.
Russell Investments

What was once the WaMu Tower is now the Russell Investment Center. The financial services company that was downtown Tacoma's largest employer has now formally opened its new headquarters in downtown Seattle.

Seattle's civic leaders turned out in full force to welcome the company famous for its stock market indexes. 900 well-paid employees now occupy five floors of the skyscraper at 2nd and Union, next door to the Seattle Art Museum.

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