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.


The head of Washington's largest psychiatric hospital was fired Tuesday.

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Healthcare providers in Seattle and across the country are getting more tools to help fight a drug epidemic.

The federal government has announced $2.8 million in grants to clinics in Washington. It's part of a broader plan to fight opioid abuse.

Susan Johnson is the U.S. Health and Human Services Director for the Northwest. She said there's a reason we're hearing about an epidemic.

"In Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, we lose an average of 153 people a month," Johnson said. "This was in 2014, from drug overdoses. Far more than deaths caused by car crashes."

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Advocates for gun safety launched a new initiative campaign in Washington today .

The Alliance for Gun Responsibility is pushing a measure that would give families a new tool in preventing gun violence.

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Two storm fronts over the weekend caused flooding and broke a few rainfall records in the Northwest.

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.