Jennifer Wing

Special Projects Reporter

Jennifer Wing is an on-call reporter and news host for KPLU. She’s from Philadelphia, but has been living in the Northwest for well over a decade. Jennifer has had many memorable KPLU radio moments over the years, but one that sticks with her is being allowed to watch a young man struggle to learn how to read. Jennifer says, “He'd made it all the way through middle school and most of high school not knowing how. He finally fell into the hands of some adults who cared enough to give him the time and attention he needed.”

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Arts
3:01 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

New Exhibit Highlights Infamous Skyjacker D.B. Cooper

A sketch of D.B. Cooper
AP/FBI File FBI

A new exhibit at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma explores the mystery and the legacy of D.B. Cooper, the infamous skyjacker who jumped out of a plane with $200,000 in cash more than four decades ago.

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Tourist in Your Own Town
5:01 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Travelling Back to the Days of Pioneers at Fort Nisqually

An 1800s relay race involves setting traps, carrying water and starting a fire from scratch with flint rocks.
Jennifer Wing

Before the first pioneers trekked through the Wild West to reach Puget Sound, there was already a thriving business here shipping goods to customers across the globe.

In 1832, Hudson’s Bay Company established Fort Nisqually, the very first European settlement in Puget Sound.

Today, a detailed replica of the fort, called the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, stands at Tacoma’s Point Defiance Park.

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Early Education
3:42 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Full-Day Kindergarten Offered to More Students in Wash. State

Howard County Library System

More public school students in Washington state will be attending full-day kindergarten when the school year begins in a few weeks. State lawmakers approved the $50 million in extra funding during the last legislative session.

Kristen Jauden, a spokeswoman for the state office of public instruction, says the money is going to schools with high populations of low-income students.

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distracted driving
5:41 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

WSP, Police on the Lookout for Cell Phone-Using Drivers

If you are a distracted driver, then it’s time to put the phone down.

Over the next few weeks, Washington State Patrol and local law enforcement officers will be putting more resources into ticketing drivers who aren’t paying attention to the road. Between now and Aug. 23, officers in unmarked cars will be solely focused on scanning the roads to see if drivers are talking on cell phones or texting.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Seattle Rally Planned to Protest Possible Metro Transit Cuts

Jennifer Wing KPLU

This time next year, King County's Metro Transit system could be working out the final details of eliminating 65 bus routes and other cuts in service.

The grassroots group Transit Riders Union is holding a rally on Saturday just south of the King County courthouse in Seattle. It starts at noon.

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whale of a tale
5:01 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Orca Snags Angler's Big Catch Right Off the Line

Kevin Klein

If you’ve ever gone fishing, then you probably know what it feels like to catch a big one only to lose it as you reel it in. A Friday Harbor man recently had this experience, but there’s much more to this whale of a tale.

Kevin Klein and his fishing companion were out on the water on July 13, in the deep waters of Harro Strait, between San Juan and Vancouver islands.  

They were on the hunt for a big King Salmon so they could take home the $5,000 prize for the Bellingham Salmon Derby.

They weren't out very long when they hooked what Klein calls “a very big fish.”

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Law
5:00 am
Wed July 24, 2013

Feds Seek Death for Pirates in Killing of Seattle Couple

Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle on a yacht in California
Joe Grande Associated Press

The Somali pirates were convicted earlier this month of shooting Bob Riggle and Phylis Macay of Seattle and Jean and Scott Adam of Marina Del Rey, California. The couples were sailing in the Indian Ocean on the Adams' yacht, the Quest, when the vessel was hijacked by the pirates in February 2011.

The sentencing hearing for the Somali nationals is taking place this week in a Virginia courtroom, and could stretch into early next week. 

Eleven other Somalis involved in the incident have pleaded guilty and are serving life sentences. 

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Seattle Mayoral Race 2013
5:01 am
Tue July 23, 2013

A Leading Question: Kate Martin and the Greenwood Bog

Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.

Out of all the candidates running in the 2013 mayoral primary, no one has known incumbent Mike McGinn longer than Kate Martin. The two of them were on the Greenwood Community Council together for almost 10 years. Even though she calls him "Mike," you wouldn't really call them friends.

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Environment
6:06 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Seattle Project Highlights Role of Declining Bumblebees

A Bombus Occidentlais bumblebee, also known as the Western Bumblebee. A queen was recently spotted for the first time in the Seattle area since the mid 1990s.
Jo Hoffman

The plight of honeybees is well-known. Their numbers are dropping, and entomologists are trying to figure out the cause. But did you know that bumblebees—the larger, slower, and furrier relatives of the honeybee—are also in trouble?

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voter turnout
10:43 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Low Voter Turnout Forecast for August Primary

Office of the Secretary of State

It's that time of year when life slows down a bit, people go on vacation and they study the voters' guide for the summer primary. What? An election in August?  Yes, Aug. 6 to be exact. Because it's an off-year election with no presidential or gubernatorial candidates in the running, voter participation is predicted to be low.

Matt Barreto, an associate political science professor at the University of Washington, says the lack of interest could be caused by "voter fatigue."

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fireworks safety
5:01 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Officials: Watch out for dangerous illegal fireworks

The field at Boom City is filled with debris. It is busy day and night.
Jennifer Wing

With the Fourth of July fast approaching, many people are making their annual trips to their favorite firework stands to load up for the holiday. This is also the time of year when emergency rooms see hundreds of fireworks-related injuries. 

Boom City, on the Tulalip Indian Reservation north of Everett, has one of the largest selection of fireworks in Washington state. Boom City has more than 130 booths selling everything from sparklers to 500-gram cakes, which is sort of like a fireworks show in a box.

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Education
10:16 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

Stopping the summer slide

Alex Ragone

This week is the start of summer vacation for a lot of students in the Puget Sound area. It's a time to relax, go to camps and have fun. 

But for children who come from families that don't have a lot of money these next few months are when they often fall behind in their reading skills.

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Cafe Racer Anniversary
5:01 am
Thu May 23, 2013

'We weren't going to let something like this stop us'

Patrons enter the newly re-opened Cafe Racer Friday, July 20, 2012, in Seattle
Elaine Thompson Associated Press

May 30, 2012 was a beautiful, sunny day. It was also the day when residents and students in North Seattle were told to stay indoors as police searched for the gunman who had opened fire inside a busy café.

When it was all over, five people had been shot dead and the gunman had taken his own life. 

The violence began at Cafe Racer, on the northern edge of Seattle's University District. 

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school on saturday
6:30 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Saturday language schools growing in popularity

Every Saturday, the Northwest Chinese School takes over Newport High School in Bellevue. Sings in Mandarin are posted all over the building directing students where to go.

For most kids, the weekends are prime time to play and catch up on cartoons. But for thousands of children across the country and here in the Northwest, Saturdays mean waking up early to head to another school where they sharpen their academic teeth and learn a language that ties them to their cultural heritage. 

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Education
5:00 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Bringing the arts back into Seattle schools

Masks that middle school students made at Madrona K-8 School.
Jennifer Wing KPLU

Will providing  greater access to the arts boost academic achievement? 

Seattle Public Schools is betting it will, and is working to bring arts education into more of its elementary and middle schools.

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