Reed Michaelsen

Web Operations & On-Air Announcer

Reed Michaelsen developed and manages the web presence of Northwest Public Radio, at NWPR.org

He started at Northwest Public Radio in 2006 as an operations assistant and part-time evening announcer on the NPR News Service. From the fall of 2007, he attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, earning a degree in Geography in 2011, while seasonally returning to Pullman for on-air work. He has been a fill-in announcer and occasional local host for Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, among many other shows on both program services.

In 2011, Reed returned to Northwest Public Radio to manage the station's transition to a new website, and today works at keeping it up-to-date, useful, and interesting for our worldwide audience (here's looking at you, Denmark, and your 2 monthly pageviews).

He spends his spare time trapped in frequent Driveway Moments™, especially when listening to Planet Money, Its All Politics, and This American Life

Ways to Connect

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As of 11:30 PM Tuesday, Democrat Jay Inslee led Republican Rob McKenna by 50,209 votes, 51.32% to 48.68%.

The next ballot count results will be released around 4:00 PM Wednesday, according to the Washington Secretary of State's website.

At 11:26 PM, with 1,902,505 votes, 51.79% of vote approves (in favor of same-sex marriage), 48.21% rejects (not in favor of same-sex marriage).

The Washington Secretary of State's office states that another ballot count total will be released around 4:00 PM Wednesday afternoon.

First results for close races such as Washington's governor, ballot initiatives, and electoral college votes coming soon.

NPR has called Washington's 12 electoral votes and Oregon's 7 electoral votes for Obama, and Idaho's 4 electoral votes for Romney.

You can also follow NPR bloggers, and participate in the discussion yourself, in the live chat below!

Photo source: Washington State Office of the Insurance Comissioner

We’ve been hearing responses all day from officials across the state about the Supreme’s Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. KUOW’s Steve Scher spoke earlier with Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler.

Kreidler said he’s “ecstatic” with the Supreme Court’s decision.
He said this is going to provide a competitive health care market in Washington…
And insurance providers will have to step up.

Northwest News Network

Regional reporters Anna King and Tom Banse have won top awards in the 2011 Northwest Society of Professional Journalists Awards. King and Banse report for Northwest Public Radio as part of the Northwest News Network.

This Sunday, CNN's The Next List will profile Radiolab co-host Jad Abumrad. Jad tells The Next List about the changing face of radio, dissects the show's unique storytelling methods, and how he felt when he was told he would be named a MacArthur "Genius".  

The Next List airs Sundays at 2p ET on CNN.

The new season of Radiolab begins Saturday May 5 at 10:00 am, on Northwest Public Radio's NPR News Service.

Photo by skinnylawyer / Wikimedia Commons - CC-BY-SA-2.0

PASCO, Wash. - Travelers in the Tri-Cities will have a new flight option starting in August. Alaska Airlines announced today that it will begin flying from Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco (PSC) to Portland International Airport (PDX) in Oregon. The once-daily Portland-Pasco roundtrip flights will begin on August 27, using Horizon Air Q-400 turboprops, sometimes known as the Dash-8.

Photo by Glenn Mosley / Northwest Public Radio

UPDATED Tuesday 10:20 AM: Area streams and rivers are now receding, although a flood warning continues for the Palouse River near Potlatch.

UPDATED Tuesday 5:55 AM: Flood warning continues for the Palouse River near Potlatch, and also for urban areas and small streams. 

UPDATED Wednesday 10:15 PM: The flood warning has been canceled for the Palouse River (South Fork) at Pullman, but remains in effect for the Palouse River near Potlatch. See updated NWS statement at the end of this post.

Dr. Lawrence Pintak, Founding Dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, is an expert on media and journalism in the Middle East. He was on today's edition of WBUR's Here and Now discussing the current state of journalism in Pakistan, where reporters are frequently targets for violence. As Dr. Pintak points out, the danger still doesn't deter many journalists from their mission to independently report on the state of their country, and pass those journalism values on to Pakistani students.

Cover Art From The "Space-Age"

Mar 5, 2012

From the late 1940s through the early '60s, the space race spawned a short-lived genre of "outer space exotica". Although the music on these records was often considerably less adventurous than the album covers promised, it's an fascinating mix of instrumental pop, electronic gadgetry, big band swing, movie music and garden variety elevator music. Here's a sampling of some memorable "space" records.

Click on the image gallery to see a sampling.

See more at Retro Cocktail Hour online

Good news for those listeners with Android™ phones - we have released the Northwest Public Radio for Android™ app, available now in the Market. 

Welcome to Northwest Public Radio! You've arrived at our entirely redesigned website, where you can easily find our regional newsprogram schedules, and brand-new community events calendar. We've also made it much easier for you to find our listen live streams (up top, over on the right, or at the bottom of every page), and to connect with us and other listeners with a new comment system.

Wikimedia user: Tradnor / Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington lawmakers say they now have the last “yes” vote they need to pass same-sex marriage in the state.

Cheers from gay rights supporters filled the room as state Senator Ed Murray announced that news at a press conference Monday in Olympia. The 25th vote comes from Democratic State Senator Mary Margaret Haugen.

Opponents of gay marriage want to put the idea to a vote of the people. So even though the legislative votes are there, Murray says same-sex marriage is not a done deal yet in Washington.

StoryCorps Northwest

In the United States there are an estimated 5.4 million people with Alzheimer's disease. Two thirds of those are women over the age of 65. Dorothee Lundgren was diagnosed with the disease at much younger age, she was 49. In this StoryCorps excerpt, her husband, Richard Lundgren talks with their son, David, about how the disease changed the marriage.

What happens if a timber harvest is a little more like a fire or windstorm that leaves patches of trees behind? And what happens if you don’t replant trees after logging? That’s what the Bureau of Land Management is proposing for a series of experimental timber sales in Southern Oregon. Amelia Templeton reports.

Climb into the hills east of Roseburg Oregon, and you’ll find patches of old growth forest—and a lot of old clear-cuts.

StoryCorps Northwest

Kerstin Ringdahl was born in Sweden in 1935. In her 30s she emigrated to the United States. She applied for a position as special collections archivist at Pacific Lutheran University, where she was a perfect fit. Her Scandinavian image helped a lot. Here she talks with her friend and colleague, Fran Lane Rasmus, about the early years of PLU and her job.