Jennifer Wing

Special Projects Reporter

Jennifer Wing is a Special Projects Reporter and on-call News Host for KPLU. She covers everything from education and the arts to politics. Jennifer is also a frequent contributor to Sound Effect.

Before joining KPLU in 1999, Jennifer worked for KGMI in Bellingham, WILM News Radio in Wilmington, Delaware and Northwest Cable News in Seattle. She got her start in public radio at WRTI and WHYY in Philadelphia.

Jennifer grew up in Philadelphia and received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Temple University. She lives in Seattle with her partner and their two children.

One of her most unforgettable moments at KPLU was on February 28, 2001. She was on the top floor of the then un-retrofitted Seattle City Hall preparing to cover a press conference when the Nisqually Earthquake hit. The building felt like it was slammed by a giant truck. It swayed like a deck of cards. Luckily, the building stayed put. It was eventually replaced in 2003.

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If you have a loved one who is mentally ill and they are a danger to themselves, there are places they can be involuntarily committed so they can receive help.

Kyle Stokes / KPLU

Early returns show voters in Seattle and in other parts of Western Washington are saying yes to school levies that would help pay for everything from basic supplies to teacher salaries and new buildings.

 

The two levies for the Seattle school district add up to more than $1 billion. Both are both passing by healthy margins.

 

Elaine Thompson / AP

 

When you go to a doctor or hospital that is part of your insurance plan, you can sometimes get hit with bills requiring you to pay the full amount.

 

Elaine Thompson / AP

In the wake of last week’s shooting in Seattle that killed two people and injured three, officials from state and local agencies are trying to gain a better understanding of where the crime happened.

 

There are more than 35,000 public school students who are homeless in Washington state. That’s according to the state Office of Public Instruction.

 

Under a new agreement, Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center clearly lays out its commitment to serve the poor.  Staff from the University of Washington will continue to provide care.

 

Ted S. Warren / AP Photo

 

From the Methow Valley to Seattle and everywhere in between, school districts will be going directly to voters on February 9 to ask them to say “yes” to higher taxes so that schools can keep paying for teachers' salaries, supplies and so that new buildings can be constructed to ease overcrowding.

 

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Editor’s Note: This story originally ran as part of our new show, “Sound Effect,” which airs on Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Before there was a birth control pill for women, there existed a pill for men. It showed a lot of promise — until whiskey ruined everything. 

Jennifer Wing / KPLU

 

Sound Transit's light rail line will soon be carrying passengers to the University of Washington. The agency says service to UW and Capitol Hill will begin on Saturday, March 19.

 

Tom Paulson / Humanosphere

Two lawsuits that stem from the 2013 election involving Washington state and the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, could soon be resolved in a Thurston County courtroom

Jennifer Wing / KPLU

 

Now that Seattle’s new City Council is in place, work will begin in earnest on Mayor Ed Murray’s Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda, otherwise known as HALA. Many of its recommendations aim to increase affordable housing in a city that is becoming financially out of reach for many.

 

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Seattle is a city that likes to read.  According to Amazon, people in Seattle buy more books, magazines and newspapers than in any other city its size, per capita.

 

Emil Sjöblom / University of Washington

In developing and third-world countries, moving money around digitally can be very complicated and risky. Computer science professors and students at the University of Washington are trying to make that task easier and safer.

John Moore / AP

A new study published in Science Translational Medicine shows which part of the human brain is most affected by repeated exposure to blasts and explosions. Researchers are using the findings to help military veterans who suffer from Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.  

 

The findings show that region of the brain that appears to be most vulnerable to repeated blasts is the cerebellum.

AP Photo / Elaine Thompson

 

Oyster farmers in Willapa Bay are asking the Washington State Department of Ecology for permission, again, to use a neurotoxic chemical to get rid of native shrimp. Large numbers of the burrowing shrimp are turning the tide flats into quicksand, making the land unusable for growing oysters.

 

Elaine Thompson / AP

 

For the first time since the year 1910, most Seattle City Council members represent the neighborhoods they live in. And while hundreds of people turned out to see this younger and more diverse council be sworn in on Monday, there is one elected official the public continues to watch with great interest: socialist, Kshama Sawant.

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Back in 2007, Jennie Grant craved fresh goat’s milk. She got a taste of it in California and was surprised it wasn’t musty. She knew goats in Seattle weren’t legal. But she got one anyway, a white Mini LaMancha.  She named her Snowflake.

“The rules said you couldn’t keep farm animals such as sheep or cows. But if you love your goat and take them on a walk periodically, aren’t they pets also?” asked Grant. She thinks of Snowflake more of a pet than livestock.

Why does a tai chi business not have to pay sales tax, and an aikido school does? This a question the martial arts community is asking the State Department of Revenue. Starting in 2016 a new law will require all martial arts facilities to charge sales tax.

Jennie Grant

 

There are thousands of bald eagles living in Washington state. They are pretty adaptable and can live anywhere from a tall tree in the heart of a city to a remote forest along the coast. Wherever they are, they tend stay away from people.

 

It’s been months since young men showed up on the doorsteps of upstanding families in Pierce County delivering invitations and red roses to unsuspecting young ladies. Now, the event everyone has been preparing for is finally about the happen: Tacoma’s Holiday Cotillion.

 

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The University of Washington looking is at potential sites on its Seattle campus that could host a tent city. The news came at a forum on homelessness held last night at Seattle University.

 

Last year nearly 3,000 refugees from all over the world resettled in Washington state. Only 25 are from Syria. That number is expected to increase.

U.S. Coast Guard

 

In 1942, German U-boats were all over the North Atlantic. To avoid getting attacked, and to get supplies to the troops in Europe, the United States flew planes on a cold, remote route that hugged the top of the globe. They’d fly to Canada, then to Iceland, across Greenland, and if they were lucky, they’d eventually reach Great Britain.

 

The Seattle School District faces some ongoing challenges. This was one of the messages of the “State of the District” address delivered by Seattle Superintendent Larry Nyland.

Seattle Jobs Initiative

 

A Seattle non-profit is going to help ten states around the country figure out how to guide people on food stamps into living-wage jobs. An organization called Seattle Jobs Initiative is the recipient of a $3.6 million, two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Elaine Thompson / AP

 

Seattle voters will soon decide the fate of Proposition 1, which at $930 million, is the largest levy in the city’s history.

Billed as Let’s Move Seattle, Proposition 1 promises to make getting around town easier and smoother. But opponents say there are good reasons why the measure should be voted down.

University of Washington's Center for Human Rights

 

The theft of a computer and hard-drive containing the names and stories of people who survived the war in El Salvador has human rights workers on edge. The break-in happened in Smith Hall, in the offices of the University of Washington’s Center for Human Rights, or CHR.

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The Seattle School Board is considering a plan that could lead to teenagers and tweens being more rested and ready to learn. A proposal is going before the board which calls for a later start time for middle schools and high schools.

Aerial of International District, 1969" by Seattle Municipal Archive is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Text And Color Were Added

Seattle voters are getting ready to choose who will represent their district. Seven district seats will be decided, as well at two at large positions. KPLU’s election series, Back On The Block, revisits issues affecting each district and introduces us to the candidates.

Jessica Farren

 

Anyone who is remotely interested in buying a horse should talk to Bonnie Hammond first.

“Caring for horses is expensive,” says Hammond.

Hammond is the executive director of SAFE, otherwise known as Save A Forgotten Equine.

She says if you buy a horse be prepared to spend serious money on food.

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