Brett Charvat

Announcer

A native of Illinois, Brett Charvat grew up in western Montana and attended Montana State University, where he received a B.A. in acting. After graduation, he traveled to Japan, where he spent the next four years teaching English to children. Upon his return to the United States, he served as a Trooper with the Montana Highway Patrol for several years before relocating to the state of Washington, where his wife works as a post-doctoral research associate for Washington State University.

When he’s not on the air, Brett enjoys competitive shooting sports, hiking, camping, martial arts, traveling, and collecting antique pocket watches.

Brett began his work as an announcer with Northwest Public Radio in the fall of 2012, and he hopes to someday achieve his dream of becoming a professional voice actor.

StoryCorps Northwest
7:10 am
Wed December 18, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Turning Bitterness Into Better Beer

Ralph Olson (R) talking with his friend Jeff Winn (L) about his career and experience as a hop grower, inspector, and seller.
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Ralph Olson was one of the early pioneers in the hop industry in and around Yakima. In this week’s StoryCorps Northwest, he talks with his friend Jeff Winn about his lifelong career with this important crop.

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StoryCorps Northwest
7:37 am
Wed December 11, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: A Near Death Experience

Leo Figgs talking with his wife, Jennifer Cunningham, about his near death experience as a child and his son’s suicide.
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Many people across the world report experiences they've had when time slows down or they see a tunnel of bright light. These visions tend to accompany near death experiences. This week on StoryCorps Northwest Leo Figgs shares with you his own near death experience and the tragic suicide of his son, Isaac.

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StoryCorps Northwest
6:37 am
Wed December 4, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Floating Like A Butterfly, Stinging Like A Bee

Harriet Davis (L) talking with her friend Terry Knoke (R) about her early childhood and her journey to the Pacific Northwest.
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Harriet Davis was born in the early part of the 20th century in Minnesota. From an early age Harriet was raised to be confident and strong. This week on StoryCorps Northwest Harriet shares a couple of stories from her rough-and-tumble childhood and her journey to the Pacific Northwest.

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StoryCorps Northwest
6:56 am
Wed November 27, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Words To Change A Nation

Garrett Scott talking with his daughter Sarah Scott about his experiences in the civil rights movement of the early 1960’s.
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  Garrett Scott grew up in the deep south at a time when segregation was the law of the land. Due to his friendships with African Americans Garrett decided to join the March for Freedom in Washington DC where Dr. Martin Luther King made his famous speech. In this week’s StoryCorps Northwest, he describes his experience to his daughter Sarah. Please be advised that the following interview contains a racial slur that some listeners may find offensive.

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StoryCorps Northwest
6:49 am
Wed November 20, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Carrying The Language Of Her People

Jennie Honanie (R) tells Faciliator Mayra Sierra (L) about her teaching career and the two most important things in her life: her family and her language.

What does your name mean to you? For teacher Jennie Honanie, having an Indian name reminds her of how easily the Yakima Sahaptin language is being forgotten. Jennie joined us at the StoryCorps mobile recording booth to explain the importance of the language, culture and family that have driven her to continue to share her cultural traditions with the youth of the Yakima Valley.

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StoryCorps Northwest
6:35 am
Wed November 13, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: At Age 102, Looking Back - And Ahead

Ardith Carratt (left) has written two books about Margaret Hakel, who celebrated her 102nd birthday in August 2013.
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Margaret Keyes Hakel is 102 years old, and remembers a lot about the history of the Yakima Valley. She told her friend Ardith Carratt about her childhood memories of her first school in Moxee, Washington, going to Washington State College, and her 102nd birthday celebration, in which she gave advice on how to die.

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StoryCorps Northwest
8:38 am
Wed November 6, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Speaking For Those Without A Voice

Frank Harwood of Ellensburg, telling StoryCorps facilitator Callie Thuma about the migrant camp his adoptive family ran in Yakima in the forties and fifties.

Frank Harwood was given up for adoption when he was three days old. He was adopted into a three-generation family that gave Frank a great childhood, even when hard times forced them to live on wild game and public assistance. The Harwoods ran a camp for migrant workers. Frank talks about the men he met while living in the camp, and the impact they had on this life.

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StoryCorps Northwest
7:31 am
Wed October 30, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Learning From Family History: Children of Divorce Breaking The Mold

Kristi and Geoff Trickett talk about the experience they had growing up in divorced families and how those memories have shaped their marriage today.
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Kristi and Geoff Trickett both grew up in divorced families, so when they married they were determined to make their relationship strong and positive. Now married for eight years, Kristi and Geoff moved to Yakima so Kristi could attend medical school. They headed to the StoryCorps mobile recording booth to talk about the experience that shaped their union.

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