Gary Davis

On-Call News Host

Gary is a Northwest native, born and raised in Seattle, with family roots across Washington, Oregon and Idaho.  At KPLU, he covered education for three years, and spent another three as a news program host, for KPLU's Morning Edition and KPLU's Weekend Edition Saturday. In 2010, he received his Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL) from Seattle University.

When called upon, Gary is on the job at "O Dark Hundred" to bring you the award-winning work of the KPLU News Team.

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State Budget Crisis
3:55 pm
Fri November 19, 2010

Budget crisis means closure for McNeil Island prison

McNeil Island prison Is Slated For Closure By April 1st Due To Washington’s Budget Crisis.
Austin Jenkins KPLU

Washington's oldest prison will close by April 1st, a casualty of the state's current budget crisis. McNeil Island Corrections Center's 500 inmates will be moved to other facilities. Some of the 245 employees will be reassigned, while others stand to lose their jobs.

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News Roundup
6:20 am
Fri November 19, 2010

Friday morning's headlines

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer cuts the ribbon (and gives a shout) at the opening of the company's new Bellevue Square store Thursday. It's Microsoft's 7th U.S. retail outlet. More are planned.
AP

A huge new hit to the state's already ugly budget, a call for federal scrutiny of Seattle Police, and Microsoft takes on Apple at Bellevue Square.

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K-12 Education
11:06 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Seattle Schools okay contract with Teach for America

Seattle School board members (left to right) Michael DeBell, Steve Sundquist and Peter Maier, pictured here earlier this year. The board voted 6-1 last night to approve a contract with
Gary Davis/KPLU.

Teach for America is coming to Seattle Schools.  The school board voted overwhelmingly Wednesday evening to approve a contract for 20 to 25  positions starting next year. Teach for America places top college graduates in underperforming schools.


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News Roundup
5:56 am
Thu November 18, 2010

Thursday morning's headlines

Workers place updated signs outside the remodeled Cinerama in downtown Seattle last month. The movie palace reopens tonight for a midnight showing of the latest Harry Potter sequel.
Gary Davis/KPLU

Get Ready for Brrrr


Are you ready for snow? There's a possibility you'll see some late Sunday or early Monday in northwest Washington. The north Olympic Peninsula, the San Juan Islands and Whatcom County have the best chance for snow.  Conditions may bring it south to the Seattle area.

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Pacific Lutheran University
3:26 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

Electrical fire temporarily closes PLU building

The Morken Ceneer for Learning & Technology, on the campus of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.
PLU Communications

Update - Thursday, Nov. 18th,  4:30 pm


This update from PLU Communications:



The Pierce County Fire Marshal has ruled that yesterday's small fire in the Morken Center was accidental. It was caused by a faultycontroller in a heating and air conditioning unit.


 

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Washington's Economy
12:22 pm
Wed November 17, 2010

State jobless rate steady

Job seekers at an employment fair. Washington State's jobless rate held steay from September to October at 9.1%

The latest figures are out, and the state's unemployment rate is unchanged from last month: 9.1%.


About 1,900  private sector jobs were added last month. That makes five consecutive months of job growth in private industry, according to the Employment Security Department. 


The public sector added 4,000 positions, largely due to education-related hiring in September.

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News Roundup
6:17 am
Wed November 17, 2010

Wednesday morning's headlines

The 520 Floating Bridge (aka Evergreen Point Floating Bridge) may have tolling by April 2011.
Flickr photo by pgsvensk

A toll plan for Highway 520 bridge, Four Loko aims for less loco, and 787's test planes come home.

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
12:22 pm
Tue November 16, 2010

$500 million to help world's poor save money

 It's described as the largest philanthropic gift ever made aimed at helping the poor  save money and provide access to financial services. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's $500 million pledge was announced at a Seattle gathering attended by finance and banking leaders representing 38 nations.

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Earthquakes
9:00 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Small quake rattles South Sound

The red arrow on this Google map points to the Lewis County town of Mossyrock, near the epicenter of this morning's 4.2 quake. It was felt all over the South Sound.
Google Maps

A 4.2 earthquake gave a shake to Lewis and Thurston counties just before 8 am this morning. The US Geological Survey reports the small temblor was centered between the town of Morton and Mossyrock.  No injuries or damages have been reported.


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News Roundup
6:34 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Tuesday morning's headlines

Melinda Gates will help lead a gathering of world finance experts in Seattle. The two-day Global Savings Forum brings together leaders from 38 nations.
Gary Davis/KPLU

A surprise windstorm; world finance experts in Seattle, and grocery workers talk strike.

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Wind Storm
6:22 am
Tue November 16, 2010

Wind causes power outages, some school closures

A surprisingly strong windstorm blew through the state, leaving hundreds of thousands without power, and closing or delaying school openings on Tuesday. This street in Seattle's First Hill neighborhood is covered with autumn's colors.
Gary Davis/KPLU

The strong windstorm that blew through western Washington yesterday has left more than 200,000 homes without power. Line crews are on the job this morning throughout the south and central Puget Sound.

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Homelessness
3:23 pm
Mon November 15, 2010

Nickelsville moving to former Lake City fire station

The Nickelsville camp is pictured here Oct. 11, 2008, when it was located in Seattle's University District. The latest move will find it in the northeast Seattle neighborhood of Lake City.
Flickr photo by javacolleen

The Nickelsville homeless encampment will soon occupy a former Seattle fire station in Lake City.  Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced the camp could have immediate use the old Fire Station 39, left vacant after a facility was constructed next door.

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News Roundup
6:01 am
Mon November 15, 2010

Monday morning's headlines

King County Sheriff Sue Rahr's force is about to be reduced by dozens of deputies. The county council is voting on a budget plan today that will cut $60 million, and along with public safety and public health jobs.
AP

King County To Cut 300 Jobs


The budget ax falls today in King County.  The coucil will vote on a plan that eliminates  about 300 jobs, including dozens from law enforcement and the prosector's office. 

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Artscape
10:15 pm
Sun November 14, 2010

Following Aristotle: Ballard High's storytellers

Ballard High senior Blair Scott, one of the school's award-winning film and vdeo producers, in the video classroom.
Gary Davis/KPLU

In a time when films like Jackass 3-D and the Saw horror sequels are tops at the box office, some young Seattle filmmakers are winning awards for bucking popular trends.  A Ballard High School program is turning out talented film students whose work is inspired by an ancient model.  

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Water Cooler
6:43 am
Fri November 12, 2010

This Morning's Headlines

The first production Boeing 787 is seen on the tarmac after it's first flight in Seattle, Wash. on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009.
AP Photo/John Froschauer

787 Test Flight Fire "Significant"

The 787 test planes are grounded indefinitely until Boeing can figure out how a fire started during a Tuesday flight.  This morning, company officials said the fire caused "significant" damage to a power panel. 

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