Jennifer Wing

Special Projects Reporter

Jennifer Wing is an on-call reporter and news host for KPLU. She’s from Philadelphia, but has been living in the Northwest for well over a decade. Jennifer has had many memorable KPLU radio moments over the years, but one that sticks with her is being allowed to watch a young man struggle to learn how to read. Jennifer says, “He'd made it all the way through middle school and most of high school not knowing how. He finally fell into the hands of some adults who cared enough to give him the time and attention he needed.”

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Election 2013
5:01 am
Thu October 24, 2013

As Seattle Voters Mull Amendment 19, Tacoma Serves as Example

Fay Garneau
Jennifer Wing

Many people who live in Seattle probably have a hard time naming their city council representatives. There are nine at-large positions that govern the entire city. Charter Amendment 19 on the November ballot wants to make politics more local in Seattle by having seven of those positions look out for the needs of specific districts.

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Election 2013
12:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

How Redistricting Would Change Seattle's Political Landscape

What We Have Now

Seattle has nine at-large city council positions. The council members are responsible to all 600,000+ city residents.

Pros: Council members try to solve problems in ways that benefit all taxpayers. Supporters say it's a more holistic approach that lays a strong foundation for future growth.

Cons: Voters say they don’t have a voice and don’t know who to go to when they have a problem in their neighborhood.

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campaign financing
5:02 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Wash. AG Sues Food Industry Group for Alleged I-522 Violation

Anti-GMO protest at the Gates Foundation in Seattle.
Tom Paulson Humanosphere

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing Washington, D.C.-based Grocery Manufacturers Association for allegedly violating campaign finance laws with the $7 million used to fight Initiative 522, which would require new labels identifying genetically-modified foods.

Ferguson says the association shielded the identities of the contributors, depriving voters of important information.

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adoption
5:01 am
Mon October 7, 2013

New State Law to Allow Easier Access to Adoptee's Birth Records

Dan McNuelty, right, and his birth mother, Annalyssa Crinklaw.

A new law makes it easier for older adoptees born in Washington state to track down their birth parents.

While the law won’t go into effect until July, the state is trying to get the word out now about the changes.

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low-income students
5:01 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Summit Focus on Feeding Low-Income Students on Weekends

Toby Talbot AP Photo

Schools feed low-income children breakfast and lunch during the week. But what about on the weekends?

That’s the subject of a backpack summit taking place in Seattle today. The goal is to figure out how to send kids home with backpacks filled with food on Fridays so they can start their week at school, ready to learn.

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Arts
5:01 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Local Sightings Film Festival Showcases Local Talent

Tom Skerritt and Shirley Knight start in the film "Redwood Highway."

The film scene in the Northwest has become more prominent over the years thanks, in part, to the Northwest Film Forum. The small art house theater in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood is an incubator for local talent that is getting noticed nationally. Many of these artists got their work in front of an audience for the first time at the Film Forum's annual Local Sightings Festival, which takes place over the next week. 

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syria
11:02 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

With Decision Looming, Local Vets Mull U.S. Options in Syria

This image from video released by a U.S. government official purportedly shows a young man lying virtually immobile on the floor, having his eyes checked for symptoms of nerve agent exposure in Eastern Gutah in Damascus, Syria.
AP Photo/APTN

As the political situation involving Syria and the U.S. continues to unfold, war veterans are watching from the sidelines with great interest.

President Obama says he’s not giving up his argument for a military strike as he considers Syria’s offer to hand over its chemical weapons.

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Early learning
5:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Federal Budget Cuts Hurting Head Start Programs

Head Start

Fewer kids living in poverty are able to attend Head Start this school year due to the federal budget tightening known as sequestration. Head Start has been helping young children living in poverty get ready for school since 1965.

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Arts
3:01 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

New Exhibit Highlights Infamous Skyjacker D.B. Cooper

A sketch of D.B. Cooper
AP/FBI File FBI

A new exhibit at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma explores the mystery and the legacy of D.B. Cooper, the infamous skyjacker who jumped out of a plane with $200,000 in cash more than four decades ago.

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Tourist in Your Own Town
5:01 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Travelling Back to the Days of Pioneers at Fort Nisqually

An 1800s relay race involves setting traps, carrying water and starting a fire from scratch with flint rocks.
Jennifer Wing

Before the first pioneers trekked through the Wild West to reach Puget Sound, there was already a thriving business here shipping goods to customers across the globe.

In 1832, Hudson’s Bay Company established Fort Nisqually, the very first European settlement in Puget Sound.

Today, a detailed replica of the fort, called the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, stands at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park.

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Early Education
3:42 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Full-Day Kindergarten Offered to More Students in Wash. State

Howard County Library System

More public school students in Washington state will be attending full-day kindergarten when the school year begins in a few weeks. State lawmakers approved the $50 million in extra funding during the last legislative session.

Kristen Jauden, a spokeswoman for the state office of public instruction, says the money is going to schools with high populations of low-income students.

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distracted driving
5:41 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

WSP, Police on the Lookout for Cell Phone-Using Drivers

If you are a distracted driver, then it’s time to put the phone down.

Over the next few weeks, Washington State Patrol and local law enforcement officers will be putting more resources into ticketing drivers who aren’t paying attention to the road. Between now and Aug. 23, officers in unmarked cars will be solely focused on scanning the roads to see if drivers are talking on cell phones or texting.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Seattle Rally Planned to Protest Possible Metro Transit Cuts

Jennifer Wing KPLU

This time next year, King County's Metro Transit system could be working out the final details of eliminating 65 bus routes and other cuts in service.

The grassroots group Transit Riders Union is holding a rally on Saturday just south of the King County courthouse in Seattle. It starts at noon.

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whale of a tale
5:01 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Orca Snags Angler's Big Catch Right Off the Line

Kevin Klein

If you’ve ever gone fishing, then you probably know what it feels like to catch a big one only to lose it as you reel it in. A Friday Harbor man recently had this experience, but there’s much more to this whale of a tale.

Kevin Klein and his fishing companion were out on the water on July 13, in the deep waters of Harro Strait, between San Juan and Vancouver islands.  

They were on the hunt for a big King Salmon so they could take home the $5,000 prize for the Bellingham Salmon Derby.

They weren't out very long when they hooked what Klein calls “a very big fish.”

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Law
5:00 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Feds Seek Death for Pirates in Killing of Seattle Couple

Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle on a yacht in California
Joe Grande Associated Press

The Somali pirates were convicted earlier this month of shooting Bob Riggle and Phylis Macay of Seattle and Jean and Scott Adam of Marina Del Rey, California. The couples were sailing in the Indian Ocean on the Adams' yacht, the Quest, when the vessel was hijacked by the pirates in February 2011.

The sentencing hearing for the Somali nationals is taking place this week in a Virginia courtroom, and could stretch into early next week. 

Eleven other Somalis involved in the incident have pleaded guilty and are serving life sentences. 

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