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 journalism. 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 interim president 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.