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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I Wonder Why ... ?
4:15 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Why does Seattle have so few kids and so many dogs?

Jennifer Wing KPLU

Here’s an odd fact: Seattle’s dog population is estimated to be around 140,000 and climbing. The number of kids? … 93,000 and dropping.

Seattle’s not such a bad place to raise kids, but based on the 2010 census, roughly 15 percent of our population is 18 or younger. And, when you compare Seattle to Boston, New York City or Chicago our share of little ones looks pretty paltry.

In fact, Seattle is neck and neck with San Francisco, which has the lowest population of children of all major U.S. cities.

So where did all of Seattle’s kids go?

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Artscape
4:00 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Grassroots politics in Seattle hits the big screens

A political tale of the little guy going up against the establishment that happened in Seattle more than a decade ago is now on the big screen in movie theaters.

The film Grassroots tells the mostly true story about former monorail champion Grant Cogswell running against incumbent Richard McIver for a seat on the Seattle City Council in 2001.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
6:19 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Why can't you see the animals at Woodland Park Zoo?

Andrew_N Flickr

Have you ever been to Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and had a difficult time seeing the animals through all of the trees and plants? Well, it’s supposed to be that way. It’s all by design.

The naturalistic animal exhibit was born in Seattle at Woodland Park Zoo nearly 30 years ago.

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Artscape
4:30 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Getting creative with a very small space

Julie Alpert's Zigzags, Stripes and Shadows
Jennifer Wing KPLU

A tiny space with big ideas. This is the motto of the Telephone Room in Tacoma. It claims to be one of the smallest places in the world where artists display their work.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
4:30 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Why did Costco start in the Northwest and get so big?

Everyone has a Costco story. You go in to buy diapers and come home with a new sofa.
The Associated Press

The Northwest is home to a variety of companies that have changed how we live our lives.

We spend more now on coffee thanks to Starbucks. Amazon is changing the way we read books. And another company with deep local roots has gotten many of us to buy more of everything: Costco.

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Artscape
4:30 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Was a homosexual life as public before WW2 as now?

Shower Bath by George Bellows, circa 1917

Right now the Tacoma Art Museum is the only place on the West Coast where you can see the controversial exhibit, Hide-Seek, Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.

The show covers nearly 150 years of art from the gay and lesbian perspective. It also explores the theory that the gay and straight worlds intermingled more freely before World War II.

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Artscape
4:30 am
Mon March 5, 2012

'A Song For Our Planet' - Hearing the sacred in the environment

Angela Sevin Flickr

Did you know that in just about every sacred text there is a reference to the environment? From the Bible to the Koran, to ancient Buddhist writings, there are passages that talk about how people have either been destroying the Earth or how we need to do a better job taking care of it.

A new coral work performed by Seattle First Baptist and Plymouth Church focuses entirely on the environment. It's called A Song For Our Planet.

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Artscape
9:45 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Artscape: Revisiting the Oscars via the 20/20 awards

A scene from the Goodfellas, considered to be the second best Gangster movie ever made.

The Academy Awards are coming up this Sunday. There are many wonderful films that don’t get an Oscar. And there are lots of not-so-great movies that win the coveted award.  Seattle’s “20-20” awards look back at past Oscar winners and how they’ve stood the test of time.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
11:02 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

I Wonder Why Seattle washed away its hills?

Men "rubbernecking" during the Denny regrade project.
Museum of History & Industry

In Seattle, we’re never satisfied: Viaduct out of fashion (… and a little dangerous) – remove it and dig a tunnel; Kingdome no longer fits our vision of a great sports venue – poof!

Remove all the hills because they’re in the way of progress – leveled!

One of the earliest engineers to envision grand changes for Seattle was R.H. Thompson. He’s the guy who leveled the hills in what’s known as the Denny Regrade. To understand our drive to give Seattle a constant make over, we decided to take a closer look at this unsung engineer who dramatically changed the city more than 100 years ago.

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I Wonder Why ... ?
4:30 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Why is the 'Seattle Freeze' so hard to melt?

Is Seattle a great but lonely place to live?

The city often ranks pretty high on those lists of the best places to move to – There’s the food, the water, the mountains, the music. But once people get here, they find it’s pretty tough to make friends. There’s even a name for it: The Seattle Freeze.

We wondered: When did the freeze set in? And, how can a newcomer ever break through it? 

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I Wonder Why ... ?
4:30 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Just why is it that Seattleites don't jaywalk?

In Seattle, pedestrians are more likely to wait at an empty intersection than jaywalk.

Fear of a ticket from paternalistic police? Group angst? Peer pressure?

Whatever the reason, even if a car is not in sight, Seattleites will often wait patiently for the light to change rather than … jaywalk.

Pedestrians in this city are unlike their fellow walkers in San Francisco, Boston and even Portland, Ore., and the culture of waiting at the light goes back decades.

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Artscape
5:13 am
Sun November 13, 2011

Luminous art with some baggage

"Gate" by Do Ho Suh
Seattle Art Museum

Seattle is home to one of the most extensive collections of Asian art in North America. It lives at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park. But over the next several weeks the collection’s best pieces are on display at the Seattle Art Museum in downtown.

The exhibit is called Luminous: The Art of Asia. It features ancient Buddhas, delicate pottery, and a new modern work which ties everything together and transports you to a different place.

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Artscape
8:27 am
Sun October 23, 2011

Carolee Schneemann still pushing the edges of decorum

Jane Brakhage
Carolee Schneemann

There are some works of art that can make people really uncomfortable.

Artist Carolee Schneemann is a master at pushing the edges of decorum. She’s also one of the first people in the early 1960’s to ever be called a performance artist.

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Artscape
8:00 am
Sun September 11, 2011

Prof. Fred revels in the marvel of movies so bad, they're good

Fred and Igor.

Can something be so terrible it’s actually good? Professor Fred Hopkins thinks so.

By day, Hopkins is a lawyer who helps people get out of paying big fines for traffic infractions. But in his spare time he is the enthusiastic host of Movie Marvels, a show that runs once a week on Seattle’s Community College TV channel.

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Cityscape
3:55 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

'Mad Art' houses blossom on Seattle's Capitol Hill

Two of the 'Mad Art' houses on Seattle's Capitol Hill.
Jon Klapel KPLU

Four craftsman houses in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Neighborhood will soon be replaced by new apartments, but for now they are being taken over by a small army of artists to create something completely unexpected for the public to enjoy.

(Updated with photos and videos inside)

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