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Kari Plog

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Tacoma, WA, United States

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Past articles by Kari:

WA lawmakers address critical shortage of forensic pathologists

The Washington State Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would create a loan repayment program for forensic pathologists, the only doctors who can perform an autopsy. It also greenlights a study for longer-term solutions to the critical shortage. → Read More

See Tacoma in a new light: Winter art festival brightens up the city with mixed-media exhibits

If you have walked, biked or driven through downtown Tacoma lately, you might have noticed that storefronts, windows and sides of buildings are a little brighter. That’s thanks to the annual Tacoma Light Trail, a free winter art festival with 50 exhibits scattered across the city. → Read More

New WA agency launches police hotline for use-of-force cases, but hiring still a slow go

Washington's new Office of Independent Investigations, the first of its kind in the U.S., is still working to hire enough staff to start reviewing police use-of-force cases across the state. But in the meantime, a new hotline allows law enforcement agencies to report cases while the agency determines which cases will be investigated. → Read More

'Anything but typical' Takeaways from Sheriff Ed Troyer's trial

A jury acquitted Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer on false-reporting charges related to his confrontation last year with a Black newspaper carrier. KNKX South Sound reporter Kari Plog joins KNKX All Things Considered host Emil Moffatt to explain what the verdict means and why this case drew so much attention. → Read More

Criminal trial set to begin for Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer

Jury selection began Monday in the criminal trial of Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer. He is charged with false reporting and making a false or misleading statement to a public servant. → Read More

Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer’s role in the Manny Ellis case and his upcoming trial

Episode 7 of The Walk Home podcast is about a law enforcement official who has been part of the Manny Ellis case since the start: Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer. He was quoted in the first stories about Ellis' death, which helped shape a narrative that's now being questioned by the State Attorney General's Office. → Read More

Tacoma Police spotlight unsolved homicides in hopes of solving cold cases

The Tacoma Police Department has started emphasizing cold cases — homicides that no longer have any leads — in hopes of drumming up new information to solve them. → Read More

A detailed account of Manny Ellis' killing conflicts with officers’ story

The Walk Home is a podcast, produced by KNKX in partnership with The Seattle Times, about the life and death of Manny Ellis. Episode 6 is out on Wednesday. In an excerpt, hear about the Washington Attorney General's investigation, which conflicts with the officers' description of events the night Manny died. → Read More

Tacoma approves polarizing ban on unsanctioned encampments

The Tacoma City Council has created penalties for unsheltered people who sleep or store property outside sanctioned encampments. The ban covers a 10-block radius around all six of those sites around the city. → Read More

The best months and most turbulent times of Manny Ellis’ life

KNKX’s South Sound reporter Kari Plog joined Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick to talk about the latest episode of The Walk Home podcast. This episode shows how Manny’s walk home didn’t start the night that he was killed but instead, it started 33 years before that. → Read More

What Pierce County officials knew in the days following Manny Ellis' death

Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick sat down with KNKX’s South Sound reporter Kari Plog to talk about what you will hear in Episode 3, where Kari takes us behind the scenes and we learn what Pierce County officials knew in the days immediately following Ellis' death. → Read More

More kids are getting COVID; here's how you can protect them

It’s been a week since Seattle Children’s Hospital reported its first patient death from COVID-19. And while serious illness remains less common in children, more kids than ever are getting the virus. In Pierce County, 21 percent of new COVID cases were in children and teenagers. → Read More

Appointed or elected? Pierce County voters may soon decide how to pick sheriff, auditor

Pierce County voters might get to choose whether they will continue electing their sheriff come November. The Pierce County Council is considering a ballot → Read More

Bjorn the blind sea lion gets a second chance at life at Point Defiance Zoo

Amber Becerra traveled from Los Angeles to Tacoma for a short 24-hour trip ahead of the holiday weekend. She wanted to see an old friend get his happy → Read More

State's top health official urges residents to keep their masks on despite heat wave

Six months into his job, Secretary of Health Umair Shah faces his first summer in Washington state. And it’s not quite what he expected. “What I did not → Read More

Three Tacoma police officers charged in the killing of Manuel Ellis

Three Tacoma police officers have been charged with felonies in the March 2020 killing of Manuel Ellis, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said → Read More

Decision expected by May 27 on whether officers will be charged in Manuel Ellis' death

UPDATE, May 25: The Attorney General's Office said in a statement Tuesday, May 25, that it will announce a charging decision in the case on Thursday, May → Read More

State patrol hands over Manuel Ellis investigation to attorney general for charging decision

The Washington State Patrol has finished its investigation into the killing of Manuel Ellis, who died in March while being restrained by Tacoma police → Read More

Primary Election 2020: Results from around Western Washington

It's primary election day, and KNKX Public Radio has a roundup of some key local, state and federal races. Catch up on past coverage and view the latest → Read More

Against backdrop of police scrutiny, Pierce County to elect first new sheriff in 20 years

Against a backdrop of mounting scrutiny and calls for change, Pierce County voters will elect a new sheriff for the first time in nearly two decades. → Read More