Paige Browning

Correspondent, Spokane Public Radio

A native of Spokane, and graduate of Lewis and Clark High School, Paige first worked in radio as a DJ at her college radio station, KBGA-Missoula, where she quickly jumped into reporting and anchoring news. While her interest in radio as a public service runs deep, she also brings experience in producing and directing documentary films and TV magazine shows. Paige and her classmates completed four shows for Montana PBS as students at the University of Montana, two of which were nominees for a Northwest Academy of Arts and Sciences student Emmy award. After graduating, Paige traveled as a Collegiate Development Consultant for a women’s leadership fraternity, visiting over 20 universities throughout North America. To maintain her interest in journalism while traveling, she wrote for two blogs and recorded video and audio for her organization. Now, she has more energy than ever for reporting news, and her goal is to bring the best quality, highest priority, relevant, and entertaining news to SPR. When Paige is not on air, she’s probably skiing, volunteering, or discovering new bands and artists.

Two people were killed and three more wounded in a shooting near a Seattle homeless camp last night.

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FBI agents in Seattle met with reporters Friday to discuss the agency's role in fighting violent extremism.

Dozens of Western Washington University students gathered on campus today to pray against fear and hate.

That's after university President Bruce Shepard canceled today's classes because of what he calls hate-speech on social media.

He says someone within 10 miles of the Bellingham campus posted threats over the weekend against a variety of ethnic groups, on the anonymous site Yik-Yak.

Shepard normally doesn't like to cancel classes.

But he says felt compelled to after reading the posts.

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The Washington firefighter severely burned in an August wildfire headed home Wednesday. Daniel Lyon, 25, said he can’t believe he’s here today. Three fellow firefighters died in the same flare-up that injured him. 

Lyon has spent the last three months at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, healing from burns on 60 percent of his body. He now wears a clear plastic facemask meant to heal scarring and spoke with reporters before leaving the hospital. 

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President Obama’s emergency declaration for Washington unlocks federal firefighting tools. U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell applauded the declaration during a stop in Spokane Friday, but says the state still needs aerial resources.

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The purple pipe could be a local solution for Washington drought problems. The state Department of Ecology is hoping to offset water shortages by encouraging municipalities to use reclaimed water, often fed through purple pipe.

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Washington’s governor made a trip to rail-lines in Eastern Washington Thursday to sign legislation that funds transportation projects. Outside Cheney, Governor Jay Inslee also drove a small train on tracks that will benefit from the new bill.

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Spokane police have reacted quickly to a new report that shows racial disproportion in the rate of arrests. The city’s police and committee on multicultural affairs have formed a work-group to address why people of color are arrested at higher rates.

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Two Spokane lawmakers submitted bill’s Wednesday to change a nearly century-old state law regarding medical schools.

Republican Senator Michael Baumgartner and Democratic Representative Marcus Riccelli introduced the bills to help Washington State University create its own medical school. The bills would amend a 1917 state law that allows only University of Washington to operate a medical school, and caps the amount of students at 120.

Riccelli’s measure has 60 co-sponsors from the House, which makes a super-majority.

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The rollout of police body cameras in Washington has been slow, even for Spokane which purchased more than 200 of the devices. Before full implementation, police leaders will ask the legislature for changes.

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