Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy is an award-winning reporter at KUOW Public Radio in Seattle focusing on military affairs, veterans' issues and criminal justice. She began her career at WBUR Boston in 1994 and has worked at KUOW since 2000.{C}{C}

Patricia's most recent series, “Less than Honorable,” investigated how the military handles more than 3,000 sexual assault cases each year. Her 2011 collaboration with the Seattle Times, “The Weight of War,” looked at heavy loads carried by troops and the increase in chronic orthopedic injuries as a result; the series won a national award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism from the Association of Healthcare Journalists. She also received a national Edward R. Murrow Award for a documentary on IV drug use and has had her work recognized with awards from the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

In 2012, Patricia was inducted into the Dart Society, a network of journalists who cover trauma, conflict and social injustice. In a briefing document accidentally sent to her by an Army public affairs officer, Patricia was described as “a professional, no-nonsense reporter who comes to the table fully prepared,” though her colleagues at KUOW might also describe her as the station cut-up.

Patricia holds a BA from Emerson College in Boston.

5:08 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

JBLM Hosts Meeting To Talk About Ebola Prep

Credit Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Military officials held a town hall style meeting at Joint Base Lewis McChord Wednesday to talk about Ebola virus.

The base will eventually house a thousand troops who are in west Africa, to help the fight against the outbreak.

Lieutenant Colonel Rodd Marcum is chief of preventable Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center. He says the meeting was a way of dispelling any myths about the risk on base of contracting Ebloa from service members returning from overseas.

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Oso Landslide Survivors
8:17 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Oso: From Living Off The Grid To Relying On The Feds

Pastor Gary Ray begins his sermon at Restoration Church in Camano Island. He was previously the pastor at the Oso Chapel.
Credit KCTS Photo / Aileen Imperial

KUOW's Patricia Murphy brings us the story of Oso Chapel Pastor Gary Ray.

Pastor Ray helped provide spiritual and emotional support for a community that prided itself on its strong sense of independence.

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Police Weapons Lost
6:45 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Wash. Law Enforcement Entities Lose Surplus Military Gear

A shot of the M16A2/A4 Series 5.56mm rifle, similar to the rifles that went missing from various police departments.
Credit PEOSoldier / Flickr (

In the past two years, four law enforcement departments in Washington state have been suspended from the military surplus program known as 1033.That’s the government program that issues surplus military gear to state and local municipalities who show a need, but some of those weapons have gone missing.

Under the program law enforcement agencies can apply to receive everything from shop Vac’s to Mine Resistant Vehicles. They only need to pay for the cost of shipping.

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Seattle Pacific Shooting
8:07 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Seattle Pacific University Student Subdues, Disarms Gunman

Seattle Police say it was a Seattle Pacific University Student who disarmed a gunman on campus Thursday.

Police have arrested the man they believe killed one person and wounded three others. At this point police believe the gunman acted alone and was not a student at the university. KUOW's Patricia Murphy reports.

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Asbestos Removal Program
8:47 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Washington Department Of Corrections Fined For Unsafe Asbestos Removal Program

The State Department of Corrections has shut down a decades old program staffed by inmates to remove asbestos from prison facilities.The Department of Corrections said the closure was unrelated to a $70,000 fine from the Department of Labor and Industries.

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Washington Unemployment
4:16 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Washington State Unemployment Shows Slow Improvement

The latest figures show the unemployment rate in Washington state is holding steady at 6.3 percent.  The Employment Security Department said the state added an estimated 6,700 jobs in March. 

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Mudslide Relief
6:57 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Seattle Sports Teams Visit Darrington

The Seahawks were one of the two teams that visited Darrington, Wash. to offer relief to the community affected by the fatal mudslide on Highway 530.
Credit Mike Morris

About a dozen Seattle Seahawks and Sounders players visited the Darrington area Monday.

In a statement the Seahawks company said the teams wanted to offer a brief distraction for families devastated by the landslide near Oso.

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Government Shutdown
7:12 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Fish Will Be Fed And There's A Pot Luck - NOAA On Skeleton Crew

The federal government may be in a partial shutdown but some people are still working. KUOW’s Patricia Murphy reports.

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NPR Story
2:45 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Military Disability System Making Progress, Still Falling Short Of Goals

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 9:10 am

For soldiers who are injured or wounded, the process for determining whether they’re eligible for medical retirement is long.

Many, including the Government Accountability Office, say too long.

In a 2012 report to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, the GAO found that soldiers at Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord and other military installations were waiting nearly 400 days to get through the system.

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