John O’Brien is a KUOW newsroom producer. He works with the Morning Edition and All Things Considered teams to schedule, record, and edit interviews and stories on a variety of topics, from politics and public health to arts and culture.
He learned to make radio in 2006 as an intern on KUOW’s The Conversation and is a former host of KUOW's Speakers Forum.
He's studied these ‘living fossils’ for over 50 years. They’re still a bit of a mystery
UW professor Peter Ward takes us on a fabulous trip in search of a seemingly extinction-proof creature, and in doing so tells us a lot about humanity’s possible future
Can the OL Reign finally rein in a championship this year?
Writer Oliver Hunt thinks they have what it takes.
How is Washington's snowpack looking this spring?
Will City Hall give downtown Seattle a tax break?
Downtown Seattle stakeholders are urging city leaders to provide some tax relief to help spur the neighborhood's recovery from pandemic slowdowns. But some at City Hallmay not agree on the solutions to downtown's economic woes.
3 months into a school ban for girls and women, a report from Kabul
One of the boys started out and just said, “I apologize. I hate walking out the door every morning to go to school and my sister can’t.”
Washington ferries still floating back to pre-pandemic service levels
Washington state's ferry system now has four of its eight routes back to pre-pandemic service levels. But the state's only international route, Anacortes to Sidney, B.C., won't be back until 2030 at the earliest.
Esteemed author and traveler Jonathan Raban has died
He was highly regarded for his travel writing but didn't want to be considered a travel writer.
Food bank visits dropped early this year, then shot up, depleting inventories
‘There were several pandemic era programs that were providing additional support to the hunger relief sector, and those programs expired. The reserves we had purchased with those funds were all depleted by the middle of the summer.’ -Linda Nageotte
‘Baby Bond’ proposal would benefit nearly half of all WA newborns
‘What it does is it creates a pool for kids that are accessing Medicaid services within the first year of their life. As the bill stands right now, $4,000 would be invested in this pool for each child born.’ -Sen. Yasmin Trudeau, D-Tacoma
Ways to give charitably during the holidays and throughout the year
Barredo says nonperishable food donations are always needed. He says he's seeing more and more families who are unsure of where their next meal is going to come from.