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 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.

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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.

John Rosman / OPB

Friday afternoon Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin named the nine people killed by a gunman Thursday at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

John Rosman / OPB

At a press conference Friday morning Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin repeated his vow about the Roseburg, Oregon, shooter who killed 10 people on Thursday.

Olivia Weitz

People who knew Antonio Zambrano-Montes said he had been sad and depressed in the months before his death in Pasco, Washington. He was shot in February by police after witnesses say he had been throwing rocks at a busy intersection.

The Franklin County prosecutor has not announced a decision about whether officers would be charged in his death, but the prosecutor's office released interview recordings, eyewitness videos and hundreds of pages of investigatory documents Wednesday.

Alan Sylvestre / OPB

Northwest politicians reacted Friday to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states.