Liz Jones

Liz Jones is a general assignment reporter with a focus on immigration and diversity issues. Her work has taken her to central Mexico, where she produced an award-winning documentary about immigration and indigenous communities.

Previously, Liz worked as an editor and writer for Oxygen Media in New York.

One of Liz’s greatest challenges is staying put. She’s lived in Spain and Peru and loves to travel. But she finds a good radio story can often satisfy the travel bug – you get to meet new people, make sense out of something unfamiliar and find creative ways to communicate.

Her work has been heard on NPR and other national programs, including The World, Latino USA and Weekend America.

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, making jam, snowboarding and watching every filmed version of "Pride and Prejudice" over and over and over again.

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Immigrant Foster Kids
7:34 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Separated From Family, Border Kids Land In Northwest Homes

Sara attends Highline Community College south of Seattle.
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Last summer, a record number of migrant children arrived alone on the southern U.S. border. This crisis has a ripple effect in Washington. It’s one of the dozen or so states with a foster care program for some of these border kids. But homes for them are in short supply.

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Child Deportation
6:11 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Seattle Judge Weighs Right to Attorney for Kids in Deportation

A federal judge heard arguments in whether children who face deportation alone are entitled to an attorney, at the government’s expense.
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A federal judge in Seattle Friday heard arguments in a potentially far-reaching immigration case. At issue was whether children who face deportation alone are entitled to an attorney, at the government’s expense. 

There’s a rising trend of children coming alone to the U.S., unlawfully crossing the southern border.

Most are from Mexico and Central America. They’re officially called ‘unaccompanied minors’.

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Child Deportation
4:47 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Lawsuit: Should the Government Provide Lawyers for Kids Facing Deportation?

A woman shows her support for migrant children.
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Friday morning in Seattle, a federal hearing will resume that could have a bearing on immigration cases across the country. The central question is whether children who face deportation have the right to a government-provided attorney.

Earlier this week, a 12-year old girl with a bright red bow in her hair, sat before an immigration judge in Seattle. She quietly told the judge her age. But her twin brother was more shy. The judge explained the government is seeking to deport them. Then, he scheduled their hearing for a later date, to give them time to find a lawyer.

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Oil Train Safety
5:48 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Inslee Calls for Safer, Slower Oil Trains

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Gov. Jay Inslee says more needs to be done to prevent and respond to oil spills, as more trains move volatile shipments of crude oil through Washington state.

The governor received initial findings from a state study today , looking into the safety and environmental risks of oil transport.

Inslee called the report "sobering".

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Oso Landslide Survivors
7:15 am
Fri September 26, 2014

We're Staying In Oso, But Every Day We Say Goodbye

Ron and Gail Thompson outside their new home in the Oso area.
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Ron Thompson was known as the mayor of Steelhead Drive. He and his wife Gail Thompson lost their home and many neighbors in the Oso landslide. But they’ve decided to stay in Oso, and start over in a new home just four miles from the old one. They find hope in rebuilding their community while striving to find meaning in the disaster.

Read the Thompsons' story on Medium. 

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Texting and Driving
8:13 am
Wed April 9, 2014

U-Drive, U-Text, U-Pay: Washington Patrols Crack Down On Texting And Driving

Each fine for distracted driving, including texting and driving, is $124.
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You’ve probably heard the slogan “Click It or Ticket” to promote seat belt safety.

Now, Washington state is joining in a new national campaign to target people who text and drive.

Special patrols will be out statewide, starting tomorrow and this campaign comes with its own snappy slogan as well. 

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NW Detention Center
4:21 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Detainees At Northwest Detention Center Moved To Isolation

Several inmates at an immigration detention center in Tacoma have been moved to isolation. Immigration officials confirm the separation started late last week. It comes on the heels of a recent hunger strike at the facility.

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Tribal News
5:38 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Nooksack Vote Shows Divide on Disenrollment Struggle

This past weekend’s election on the Nooksack reservation near Bellingham leaves an uncertain future for hundreds of its members.

The tribe is seeking to remove about 15 percent of its people.

As Liz Jones reports, this tribal disenrollment would be the largest in the state’s history.

Tribal members describe record turnout Saturday, as Nooksack voters weighed in on candidates for its governing council. More than 700 of the tribe’s 2,000 people voted.

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Bond Hearing Ruling
4:56 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Federal Ruling: Immigrants at NW Detention Center Entitled to Bond Hearings

As a hunger strike continues at an immigration detention center in Tacoma, a new federal court ruling coincidentally meets one of the protesters demands. 

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Hunger Strike Day 5
6:16 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Hunger Strike Continues at NW Detention Center

The Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington is currently experiencing a five-day long hunger strike with more than 100 people refusing to eat.
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More than a hundred detainees at an immigration lockup in Tacoma are entering their fifth day without food. The hunger strike began Friday, with about 750 people refusing to eat. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stepped up medical observations of the protesters.

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