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


Election 2012
8:48 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Jay Inslee ahead 51.3% - 48.7% in WA governor race

Credit TVW

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.

Northwest News
8:43 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Same-sex marriage slightly ahead in WA

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.

Election 2012
8:00 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Polls closed in Northwest states - Obama wins WA, OR, Romney wins ID

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.

Northwest News
5:29 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

What were your impressions from the debate? Join the NPR Live Chat

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

Health Care Ruling Reaction
11:57 am
Thu June 28, 2012

WA State Insurance Commissioner Weighs in on Affordable Healthcare Act Decision

Mike Kreidler, Insurance Commissioner for Washington State
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.

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Reporter Awards
12:34 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Anna King & Tom Banse Win Northwest Journalism Awards

Anna King (left), and Tom Banse (right), winners of the 2011 Northwest Society of Professional Journalists Awards
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.

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Radiolab Host on CNN
9:36 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Radiolab's Jad Abumrad on CNN "The Next List" - This Sunday

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.

New Pasco Flight
11:55 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Alaska Airlines Will Begin Flights To Portland From The Tri-Cities

A Horizon Air Q-400
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.

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Breaking: Flood Warning
10:24 am
Tue March 27, 2012

Flooding And High Water Continues In Palouse Region

Paradise Creek at Railraod Avenue, near the University of Idaho, in Moscow on Monday.
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.

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Dr. Lawrence Pintak on "Here and Now"
11:34 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Dr. Pintak on "Here and Now": Pakistan Named The Most Dangerous Country For Journalists

Dr. Lawrence Pintak, Founding Dean of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.

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.