Phyllis Fletcher

Managing Editor

Phyllis Fletcher is a lifelong Seattleite with roots in rural eastern Washington state. Her career in public radio journalism has been primarily at the service of Northwest listeners, with a detour to Washington, D.C. to report from NPR’s national desk.

Fletcher’s regional journalistic excursions led her to document rescue and recovery after a fatal landslide, to memorialize soldiers and marines killed in the Iraq war, to discover the true identity of a swing musician who had passed for white from her childhood through her death, and to expose abuse of a government database of unemployed job seekers. Those stories gave Fletcher the opportunity to share voices from rural Washington and Oregon with public radio listeners around the northwest and across the country.

Fletcher has earned academic credentials in demography, computer programming and accounting fraud detection. Her skill in those areas helps the Northwest News Network add context to its in-depth coverage of Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Fletcher’s honors include a national Edward R. Murrow Award, a Sigma Delta Chi medal, two Gracies, two UNITY Awards, two Salutes to Excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists and a first prize in beat reporting from the Education Writers Association. She is vice president for broadcast of the Seattle Association of Black Journalists and has been named a Friend of Scholastic Journalism by the Journalism Education Association.

Phyllis Fletcher is a graduate of James A. Garfield High School, Columbia University and the University of Washington.

Ways to Connect

Scott Matsuda / Red Fish Blue Fish Photography

On a gray, rainy afternoon a man walks into a library and shows a missing-person flyer to a librarian. It’s in a day’s work for a foster child “locator” whose job is to find kids who’ve run away.

On a Tuesday morning a pair of brothers cry in court and say goodbye to their mother as they are sent to juvenile detention for skipping school--a phenomenon in which Washington state leads the country.

With a coffee cup in her hand, a woman visits the jail where her brain-injured son has been held for 57 days, asking through a bulletproof window about his medication.

Campaign photos

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman debated her challenger at Spokane Falls Community College Wednesday afternoon. The first-term Republican faces Democrat and former Seattle City Councilmember Tina Podlodowski.

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A woman meets a mysterious stranger as she studies declassified documents about one the most polluted sites on earth.

Three generations of women are part of a family whose lives, health and even high school mascot bear markers of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington state.

The Washington State Historical Society recognizes these stories, and the entire project Daughters of Hanford, with the 2016 David Douglas Award.

Angela Nguyen / Northwest News Network

In 2015 a federal judge in Seattle ruled that the state of Washington was violating the constitutional rights of mentally ill jail inmates by not evaluating and treating them quickly enough so they could stand trial. The day before that ruling Evon Bercier's 32-year-old son Shawn was locked up in the Spokane County Jail.

Janean Jorgensen / Spokane Public Radio

"Everyone's taking it away from us, but we’re bringing it back."

Donald Trump made that promise to his fans Saturday at the Spokane Convention Center. Specifically, he was speaking to people who had lost work related to the timber industry. Manufacturing, mining and business, he said, will all rise in the U.S. if the apparent Republican nominee is elected to the White House.

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Our Richland Correspondent Anna King's coverage of the Washington wildfires of 2015 has won the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, SPJ announced Friday.

Courtney Flatt / Northwest Public Radio

"You're not funny, Bob."

That was the opinion of one man who shouted his disapproval after tepid applause for Bob Parks, Kennewick city councilman Tuesday night.

Ian C. Bates

Our Richland Correspondent Anna King has won two Gracie Awards, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation announced Monday. Anna has won the Gracie for outstanding correspondent and the Gracie for crisis coverage in the award's public radio division.

Washington State University announced Monday that our Richland Correspondent Anna King is WSU Woman of the Year for 2016.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

White Pass near Mount Rainier is open to drivers and skiers, but damage from washouts and rockslides has reduced Highway 12 to one lane in two spots.

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