Kate O'Connell Walters, KUOW

Kate O'Connell Walters


Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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Past articles by Kate:

'You can never really shut down the Jungle'

Bill Radke speaks with Jordan Royer about his experience managing the Jungle in the early 2000s. Royer was in charge of dealing with the homeless camp → Read More

How drag queens pulled a Seattle writer from a crippling funk

Seven years ago, Seattle TV writer Melanie McFarland was depressed. “It was like being under water,” McFarland said. “Or having an alien be inside my skull → Read More

Drag queens helped this Seattle writer fight depression

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Seattle TV writer Melanie McFarland about how RuPaul's Drag Race helped her out of the deep, dark pit of depression. Drag Race is a reality TV show that pits drag queens against each other in fashion and lip-syncing challenges. → Read More

Plan for the Jungle stirs controversy

It's the beginning of the end for the sprawling homeless camp under Interstate 5 known as the Jungle. This week, officials from the city of Seattle and → Read More

I told my North Korean captors about life in America, and they were shocked

After a year in the North Korean prison, Kenneth Bae softened toward his guards. → Read More

Advocates say plan for the Jungle won't work

Kim Malcolm speaks with Tim Harris, local advocate for the homeless and founder of the street paper Real Change, about the plan to clear out and clean up → Read More

Why Washington State University hasn't taken down their cheerleading looks graphic

The University of Washington cheerleading team took some flak for an image they posted on Facebook showing the dos and don’ts for the right tryout look: → Read More

Is it time to dial back sports in schools?

When you think high school, do you think math class? Or do you think about the Friday night lights, the pep rallies and the spirit days? Let's face it, → Read More

Love it or hate it, you should be thankful for Bumbershoot

Bill Radke speaks with music journalist Charles Cross about the newly released lineup for Bumbershoot 2016. Whether you love or hate this year's lineup, → Read More

Miles of grief lead this runner to honor fallen soldiers

Mile one: “Oh my God, the babies didn’t stop crying for the last hour and a half.” Mile two: “I need to buy diapers, what am I going to make for dinner, → Read More

How big is Tacoma's lead problem? They don't really know

People in Tacoma, Washington still don't know how bad their lead problem is. The city says 1,700 Tacoma households could be at risk. But it's unknown how → Read More

How Do You Know When Fires Are Coming? Listen To The Forest

A plane dumps fire retardant on a ballooning wildfire on Aug. 14, 2015. → Read More

Are Washington's Democratic Caucuses Worth The Pain?

Bill Radke speaks with Amanda Saab and Michael Maddux about whether or not the state's Democratic caucus system is working. Saab and Maddux both attended the legislative district caucuses held on Sunday. → Read More

Trans Kids Can Be Happy Kids, With Support

"I just always felt like a boy." Nine-year-old Skyler Kelly was born a girl. But he didn't feel like a girl. From a very young age he knew he was supposed → Read More

Washington Voters Back Bernie, So Why Don't Our Superdelegates?

Bernie Sanders had a big win in the Washington state caucuses with more than 70 percent of the vote. But not everyone is feeling the Bern. In fact, most of → Read More

Local Muslim To Ted Cruz: Think About The Impact Of Your Words

Along with the horror and sadness evoked by the bombings in Brussels on Tuesday, Seattle's Muslim community is also grappling with feelings of fear and → Read More

Bernie And Hillary Differ Widely On Foreign Policy

David Hyde speaks with reporter Molly O'Toole about the key differences between Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders when it comes to → Read More

Vulgarity In Politics: The Shiny Object That Distracts Us

Bill Radke speaks with University of Washington historian Margaret O'Mara about mud slinging and crudeness in American politics. After Donald Trump defende → Read More

In Flight Entertainment Includes Amazing View Of Solar Eclipse

The view of a lifetime: That's what passengers on board Alaska Airlines flight 870 got on Tuesday. A group of astronomers convinced the airline to change t → Read More

Washington Universities Feed People, Not Trash Cans

Food waste -- we all do it. We put that bag of spinach in the back of the fridge and forget about it. We make a casserole big enough to feed an army and → Read More