Reed Michaelsen

Web Operations & On-Air Announcer

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

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


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.