Phyllis Fletcher

Managing Editor, Northwest News Network

Phyllis Fletcher is a lifelong Seattleite with roots in rural eastern Washington state. Her decade in public radio journalism has been primarily at the service of Seattle listeners, with a detour to Washington, D.C. to report from NPR’s national desk.

As a reporter and as an editor Fletcher covered five turnovers of the Seattle school superintendency for KUOW Public Radio. She shifted focus in 2011 from daily education news to demographic analysis of suburban and exurban school districts hit hardest by the recession. That research became a radio series and the culminating project for Fletcher’s master’s degree at the University of Washington.

Fletcher’s regional journalistic excursions led her to document rescue and recovery after a fatal landslide, to memorialize soldiers and marines killed in the Iraq war, to discover the true identity of a swing musician who had passed for white from her childhood through her death, and to expose abuse of a government database of unemployed job seekers. Those stories gave Fletcher the opportunity to share voices from rural Washington and Oregon with public radio listeners around the northwest and across the country.

Fletcher has earned academic credentials in demography, computer programming and accounting fraud detection. Her skill in those areas helps the Northwest News Network add context to its in-depth coverage of Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Fletcher’s honors include a national Edward R. Murrow Award, a Gracie Award, two UNITY Awards, two Salutes to Excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists and a first prize in beat reporting from the Education Writers Association. She has been named a Friend of Scholastic Journalism by the Journalism Education Association.

Phyllis Fletcher is a graduate of James A. Garfield High School in Seattle.

A white nationalist clash that left a woman dead last week in Charlottesville, Virginia was followed by the removal of Confederate statues, memorials and plaques around the country, either by protesters or at the behest of government officials. Several Confederate memorials still stand in the Northwest. We visited three of them.

Gonzaga And Oregon Off To Men's NCAA Final Four

Mar 27, 2017

Two Division I men’s college basketball teams in the Northwest made history Saturday: The Oregon Ducks and the Gonzaga Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Final Four.

On a gray, rainy afternoon a man walks into a library and shows a missing-person flyer to a librarian. It’s in a day’s work for a foster child “locator” whose job is to find kids who’ve run away.

On a Tuesday morning a pair of brothers cry in court and say goodbye to their mother as they are sent to juvenile detention for skipping school--a phenomenon in which Washington state leads the country.

With a coffee cup in her hand, a woman visits the jail where her brain-injured son has been held for 57 days, asking through a bulletproof window about his medication.

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman debated her challenger at Spokane Falls Community College Wednesday afternoon. The first-term Republican faces Democrat and former Seattle City Councilmember Tina Podlodowski.

At a press conference Friday morning Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin repeated his vow about the Roseburg, Oregon, shooter who killed 10 people on Thursday.

Stacey Jenkins / KCTS

Reporter Phyllis Fletcher brings us the story of Bob and Julie DeYoung. Bob helped recover bodies of friends and neighbors killed in the landslide. His wife Julie took care of people who survived. Today they're figuring out how to take care of their own needs. This is their story, in their own words.