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Good thing John was a clumsy traveler.
Otherwise his cheap microcassette recorder wouldn't have fallen out of his pocket in an Indonesian taxi, a generous BBC stringer wouldn't have lent him some recording gear, and he wouldn't have gotten the radio bug. But after pointing a mic at rare jungle songbirds and gong-playing grandmothers for his first radio story, there was no turning back.
He spent several years freelancing for most of the major public radio news shows (as well as newspapers including Christian Science Monitor and Los Angeles Times). John also did an award-winning documentary for KUOW on the side from a day gig covering transportation at the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce.
In 2009, John moved back to Seattle to become KUOW’s first investigative reporter after two exciting years covering avalanches, political intrigue and just about everything in between for KTOO, the NPR station in Alaska's capital city. He returned to Alaska for a 4-month stint in the Aleutian Islands in 2015 and won awards for KUOW and KUCB-Unalaska for his coverage of Arctic oil drilling from two states.
John’s stories have won multiple national awards for KUOW, including the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi awards for Public Service in Radio Journalism and for Investigative Reporting and national Edward R. Murrow and PRNDI awards for coverage of breaking news.
John is a shop steward of KUOW’s SAG-AFTRA newsroom union.
He believes democracy only works when journalism holds the powerful accountable for their words and actions.
The US Navy has spent many years quietly training Navy SEALs in 5 Washington state parks. Now the Navy wants to expand to 29 parks.
Cooper joined KUOW’s Biggest Carbon Loser contest to settle an argument with her husband -- and for some peace of mind.
Three contestants. Two months. One planet. A lot of carbon. KUOW’s Biggest Carbon Loser series aims to see how deeply three Seattle-area residents can cut their carbon footprints -- from travel, food, energy, and more -- while navigating their daily lives. What will it take our contestants, and our region, to kick the carbon habit and help fend off climate catastrophe? Many may try, but only one will take the coveted title: The Biggest Carbon Loser.
The Year of the Rat is off to a rocky start.
An internal revolt at the tech giant shows employees using one of Amazon's lesser-known principles: “have backbone; disagree and commit.”
At least six people were shot and one killed in downtown Seattle Wednesday evening. It was the third shooting in downtown Seattle in two days.
The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe is offering up to a $5,000 reward to help catch whoever looted an archeological site in North Cascades National Park.
Whose pollution is it when a driver burns gasoline made by a big oil company?
Andy Gault had a rough commute on Tuesday.
The earth’s climate, as you may have heard, is pretty messed up right now. Megacities flooding, a continent afire, etc. And it’s heading into much more dangerous territory.