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Joshua McNichols



Joshua has been the "growing pains" reporter since 2015, documenting the region's growth and change. Joshua “took the long way” to radio, working in architecture firms for over a decade before pursuing his passion for public radio in 2007. By "long way," he means he's also been a writer, bicycle courier, commercial fisherman, bed-and-breakfast cook, carpenter, landscaper and stained glass salesman. He’s detailed animal enclosures to prevent jaguars from escaping the Miami Zoo. Once, while managing a construction site in Athens, Greece, he was given a noogie by an Albanian civil war refugee in his employ. “You do not tell those guys how to place stucco,” he said. All of which has no doubt made him the story-teller he is today.



  • caption: Omari Salisbury of Converge Media outside his office in the (former) CHOP.
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    As city workers dismantle the CHOP, Omari Salisbury reflects

    From Seattle's protests after the killing of George Floyd to the closing of the CHOP, journalist Omari Salisbury of Converge Media has been live-streaming what he sees every single day. Now, as police and city workers dismantle the CHOP, he stands in his doorway overlooking Cal Anderson park. And he struggles with emotion while answering a seemingly simple question: What do you see out there?

  • caption: An artist poses behind one of the murals she created.
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    CHOP will end, but the memory of its art will remain

    Murals around the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest Zone in Seattle are disappearing. Most of the brightly colored barriers are gone now. And the words painted on the street are already looking less bright. Over the last weeks, KUOW's been talking to people painting graffiti in the CHOP to learn what it meant to paint in the streets during a movement like this.

  • caption: Protesters watch over the CHOP's eastern barrier on 2th Avenue
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    The CHOP's long goodbye

    CHOP, Capitol Hill’s Organized Protest zone in Seattle, is going to end soon. City officials have made that clear. But protesters disagree on how soon the end will come.

  • caption: Jimaine Miller
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    Here's what I've learned feeding protesters in Seattle

    Jimaine Miller, A.K.A. the Def Chef, has been cooking a lot lately. That’s his job, but for weeks he’s also been cooking for protesters who march for racial equality and he's been cooking for people in the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone, known as the CHOP. He cooks with hundreds of pounds of donated food, and gives it away for free. And it's changed him in ways he didn't expect.

  • Maurice Lee Of Navos
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    As a youth, I ran from police. Now, I work with them.

    Maurice Lee is the Chief Operating Officer for Navos, a local non-profit that helps people struggling with addiction or chronic homelessness get back on their feet and stay out of the criminal justice system. Lee's life experience as a Black man who works professionally with police has given him a complex perspective on police reform.

  • caption: At the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in Seattle, a breakout group debates how and whether they should choose leaders
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    CHAZ chews on what to do next

    Capitol Hill’s new Autonomous Zone, known as CHAZ, is a six-block area around 12th and Pine. Residents, business owners and activists are trying to figure out what’s next for this hard-won territory.