Gabriel Spitzer

Gabriel Spitzer covers health and science at KPLU, after a year covering youth and education. He joined KPLU after years covering science, health and the environment at WBEZ in Chicago. There, he created the award-winning mini-show, Clever Apes. Having also lived in Alaska and California, Gabriel feels he’s been closing in on Seattle for some time, and has finally landed on the bullseye.

Gabriel received his Master's of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and his degree in English at Cornell University. He’s been honored with the Kavli Science Journalism Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and won awards from the Association of Health Care Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists and Public Radio News Directors, Inc. He lives in West Seattle with his wife Ashley and their two sons, Ezra and Oliver.

Gabriel’s most memorable KPLU moment was: “In just my second week here, I found myself covering the unfolding story of a mass shooting and citywide manhunt. It was a tragic and chaotic day, when the public badly needed someone to sort the facts from the rumors. It made me proud of our profession.”

Washington Holocaust Museum
7:36 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Washington State's First Holocaust Museum To Be Unveiled In Downtown Seattle

The nation’s newest Holocaust museum is about to be unveiled in downtown Seattle. The Holocaust Center for Humanity will host artifacts and testimony from local survivors, and provide resources for students and teachers. Executive Director Dee Simon says it will also draw connections between the Holocaust and other dark chapters of history a little closer to home.

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Oso Landslide
6:20 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Grim Accounting Continues In Oso

The grim accounting continues in Oso as search crews recover more remains from the deadly mudslide there. As searchers painstakingly comb through mud and debris, the number in the missing column is ticking downward, and the list of those confirmed dead is growing. Crews have recovered remains from 28 people, though more have been found than the official tally reflects. Twenty people are listed as missing.

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Healthcare Subsidies
5:45 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Health Exchange Glitch Means Hundreds of Washington Customers Won't Get Promised Subsidies

Nearly a thousand people who bought discounted health plans on Washington’s exchange have learned they won’t be getting their promised subsidies in January. Officials with the exchange blame technical problems. They say customers will get the subsidy when they do their taxes in 2015.

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Snow Melt
4:16 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Do Fewer Trees Mean More Water From Snow Melt?

In springtime, you might figure snow melts faster out in sunshine than in the shade. But in places with temperate winters, like the Pacific Northwest, it might be just the opposite.

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Pot Banking
7:23 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Feds Working To Address Pot Banking Snag

A federal law enforcement official says the government is working to address a ban on banks taking on marijuana businesses as clients. As it stands, when pot stores come to Washington they won’t be able to deposit their money in a bank or accept credit cards. That’s because the pot business, still illegal under federal law, is off limits to federally regulated banks. King County Sheriff John Urquhart told a U-S Senate committee Tuesday that businesses that deal only in cash present problems for police.

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NWPR Books
9:38 am
Sun August 11, 2013

'Books On Bikes' Helps Seattle Librarians Pedal To The Masses

Farmers market visitors browse the offerings of Seattle Public Library's "Books on Bikes" program.
Gabriel Spitzer for NPR

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 11:09 am

By the loading dock of Seattle's downtown library, librarian Jared Mills checks his tire pressure, secures his iPads and locks down about 100 books to an aluminum trailer the size of a steamer trunk. The scene is reminiscent of something you'd see in an action movie, when the hero is gearing up for a big fight, but Mills is gearing up for something very different.

"If you're not prepared and don't have a lot of experience hauling a trailer, it can be kind of dangerous," Mills says, especially when you're going downhill. "The trailer can hold up to 500 pounds."

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