Thursdays with KUOW: Kate Walters on Reporting on Homelessness in Seattle/K...

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Homelessness is one of the biggest issues faced in Seattle and King County. On any given night there are more than 12,000 people experiencing homelessness county-wide. This is a complicated issue that evokes strong emotions from people across the region. There are a wide range of opinions on how to best tackle the issue, how much money should be spent, whether public dollars are being spent wisely, what works and what doesn’t.  

In this talk, KUOW's homelessness reporter-Kate Walters-speaks about the challenges that come with reporting on this topic, what we know and what we don’t, and how she personally approaches the process of reporting on this beat. 

ABOUT THURSDAYS WITH KUOW

An NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll found that 68 percent of Americans do not have much confidence or any at all in the press. Additionally, according to a Pew Research Center poll, 83 percent of people in the Seattle area say they have never spoken with a local journalist.

In an effort to counteract the erosion of trust in media, deepen the public’s understanding of journalism and ensure our community's voices are reflected in our reporting, KUOW invites you to a series of free public presentations and conversations with KUOW reporters. At each meeting, the journalist will talk about their work, answer your questions about the journalistic process and hear from you on what topics and stories are important to you and your community.

See full schedule at kuow.org/thursdays.

ABOUT KATE WALTERS

KUOW’s Kate Walters has been in public radio for the better part of a decade. She came to KUOW in 2015 and has been reporting on homelessness in Seattle and King County in some capacity since 2016. Before coming to KUOW, Kate studied journalism in Melbourne, Australia and worked as a reporter with WXXI public radio in Rochester, NY.  Kate has spent time in shelters and unauthorized camps speaking with people who are experiencing homelessness. She’s spent time with neighbors, policy makers, and service providers and has delved into the many ways the region is trying to address this crisis.

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