Sueann Ramella

Social Media Manager

Growing up in the Tacoma-Puyallup area, Sueann Ramella remembers being a precocious young reporter for her school paper. A big fan of shows like 60 Minutes and 20-20, she dreamed of one day being a hard-hitting journalist, uncovering scandals and exposing the hidden truth. She attended Washington State University, studying journalism. It was there that she discovered her love of radio. Sueann began working for Northwest Public Radio in 1997 after her sophomore year, and has been with us ever since.

In 2000 she became the host of All Things Considered, and then in 2008 switched to hosting Morning Edition. Even after a few years, she still has trouble getting up so early. After she shuts off her alarm in the morning, she lies there trying to think of something to tempt herself enough to get up. It’s usually coffee or cereal. On the really tough days she thinks of cookies.

Sueann has more hobbies than she has time to indulge. She enjoys creating things, whether sewing, knitting, baking or drawing, and recently she has been trying her hand at hobby farming, dabbling in the challenge of self-sufficiency on a few acres behind her home. She raises chickens and grows more than a dozen different vegetables, all in Burberry-plaid boots of which she is inexplicably proud. Who says you can’t farm in style?

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Northwest Public Television and Radio

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As of 2:47PM Tuesday, August 23rd, the Hart Road Fire had split into two fires separated by the Spokane River. Officials say the Hart Road Fire has burned 4200 acres and is zero percent contained. North of the river, the Cayuse Mountain Fire on the Spokane Indian Reservation has burned 5-10,000 acres. According to KHQ 13 homes were destroyed. The Cayuse Mountain Fire is 30% contained. The town of Wellpinit, also on the reservation, remains under a Level 2 evacuation order. Porcupine Bay,...

University of Washington Press

Thank you for your interest in the Walking Washington History Tour project! All the free books and cities have been assigned BUT you can still participate! Take a tour of a town listed in the book, write about it, take photos, create video, graphics, crayon drawings, etc...and send your account to Northwest Public Radio! We will pick the best pieces to publish on our website and share with our audience. Towns are: Vancouver, Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Bellingham, Bellevue, Walla Walla...

Northwest Public Television

Francisco Mendoza is a seventh-grader with a sweet smile. Like many boys his age, he has yes and no answers to most questions. It wasn’t easy getting the details of his life - but maybe it’s because of the struggle and loss his family has endured. Francisco’s father died when he was three years old, and his mother works low-wage jobs to provide for her family. But playing the cello relieves Francisco’s stress. Francisco is one of 56 kids in YAMA, an anti-poverty, after-school program that...

Sueann Ramella / Northwest Public Radio

In one Yakima elementary school children struggle with poverty, gangs and academic challenges but a classical music program hopes to change their lives for the better. Northwest Public Radio's Sueann Ramella went to the school for a closer look... and listen.


In the United States, 8% of children have a nut allergy . Halloween can be tricky to navigate. Consider this; Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups was the top candy for Halloween in 2013. I love those. And I’m sure my son would too if it weren’t for the asthma attack and hives. But after 2 reactions and one expensive E.R. visit, “Are there nuts in this?” seems less annoying. This year we learned about the teal pumpkin project . People who are aware of growing food allergies in children will display a...

Robert Heinse / University of Idaho

Did you know that after a forest fire tree roots can continue to burn? Usually dirt is used to snuff out a fire. So how is it possible for tree roots to burn after the above-ground fire is out? “There is enough oxygen,” says University of Idaho Professor of Forest Resources Alistair Smith. “They don’t need much continuous air to sustain smoldering combustion. It helps that the burned out roots essentially form chimneys that enable some degree of air circulation.” Imagine a stump and its root...

Sueann Ramella / Northwest Public Radio

It was a little too hot to weed in the garden this week which may have you frustrated because you know how fast they can grow. Believe it or not, some serve a purpose besides breaking your back. Have you ever noticed that weeds take over bare spots? This is Mother Nature’s way of saving the valuable topsoil from eroding or blowing away. Weeds with deep taproots break up hard soil so other plants can reach water. But let’s face it, some weeds need to go and you have lots of herbicides to...

Jim Cornelison

Raised in Enumclaw and Sunnyside and trained in opera, Jim Cornelison will sing the national anthem for the Chicago Blackhawks when the NHL Stanley Cup finals begins. According to this NPR story , it's not just a competition between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lighting - the anthem singers compete with the cheering crowd and with each other. After listening to Cornelison we are filled with patriotic fervor! We are sure Tampa Bay Lighting's Air Force Tech. Sgt . Sonya Bryson will...

Joel Peterson

Picking out a Mother’s Day card has never been easy for me. The cards with feminine designs and gold font catch my eye but the words never convey the difficult relationship between my mother and me. Sure I could go with the clichés of ‘You’re the best mom ever!” or try to fill a blank card with my own feelings. But sometimes those feelings are too intense for a card. Sometimes it's easier to send jewelry and pretend all is well. But so much is left unsaid. That came home hard for me when I...

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Sueann Ramella

When you become a first-time member of Northwest Public Radio during the 2015 spring pledge drive you will be raising even more money! How? If 400 listeners become new members, our Leadership Circle will donate $11,000 to the station. That means your pledge, in any amount, will be worth more! Become a new member today!

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Nothing says love like silk ties, long-distance correspondence, divorce and murder-suicide. OK, maybe a hug and kiss would do, but for your Valentine’s Day entertainment here are some historical Northwest stories that have something to do with love. Imagine a ball of silk yarn. The strands once held together the hopes and desires of a young woman named Martha. It was the 1890s and she lovingly crocheted it into a tie – a gift for her suitor. Martha likely dreamt of a long, happy life with her...

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That Moment When...

Sep 26, 2014
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UPDATE: July 21, 2014 8:00am Governor Jay Inslee says there are 50 fires burning in Washington. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- You've seen the smoky sky and may have wondered: Where is the fire? The question should really be: How many fires are there burning right now? The answer: 27 large and uncontained wildfires in eastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho. While temperatures will c ool down, fire danger is not likely to...

Washington Towns Told To Evacuate As Fires Continue

Jul 17, 2014
Steve Ziel / InciWeb

Update from Sueann Ramella 3:56pm 7/18 Washington residents are urged to listen to emergency officials and evacuate as the Carlton Complex Fire and Chiwaukum Creek Fire continue to threaten homes. So far, more than 900 residents near Leavenworth were told to evacuate, and residents in the town of Pateros were also told to evacuate as these two large fires continue to grow destroying 100 hundred homes. The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) says: “The first step is to listen to authorities and pack up and move out as quickly as you can, the next step is to contact your insurer if you’ve been asked to evacuate your home,” said Kenton Brine,PCI assistant vice president. “Generally, homeowners and auto insurance policies will cover property lost or damaged due to a wildfire, but it’s important to make that initial contact with your insurer to begin the recovery process if your home is destroyed by a wildfire.” Update from Jessica Robinson 10:36 a.m. 7/18 About 80 people woke up in a Red Cross shelter in central Washington this morning after a wildfire forced the town of Pateros to evacuate overnight. Initial reports are that 40 homes and a church have burned in the small town on the Columbia River.

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As you may have heard, the first recreational marijuana stores have opened in Washington. That has us wondering - how well do you know your weed? Probably not as well as your wineries and apples, right? Take this quiz to find out!

Update: Police in Oregon say 1 student was killed in this morning's school shooting. The gunman is also dead.

Kitchen Sisters

“After food - and before love - people need stories.” That’s Davia Nelson. She, along with Nikki Silva, are the Kitchen Sisters. Their mission? To find the stories behind our culinary heritage. Since meeting in 1979, the Peabody Award-winning duo has produced over 200 stories.

There was a shooting at Seattle Pacific University this afternoon . As of 5pm Seattle Police believe a lone gunman shot four people before being disarmed by a University staff member. There are reports one person is dead, another is in critical condition and two others sustained less serious injuries.

Katie Burk / NPR

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! will say goodbye to Carl Kasell on May 17th. He will no longer be the show's official scorekeeper, but will continue to record voice mail greetings for show winners. And those lucky winners will experience the giddy feeling of hearing Carl Kasell say their name. I was a young public radio host when Northwest Public Radio sent me to an NPR convention in Seattle. Seeing so many public radio personalities was amazing. I gave Ira Glass an awkward hug, which is a story...


Next month is the 20 th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. Two decades have passed since the lead singer of Nirvana committed suicide, yet there’s continuing interest in his life. Recently, a press photographer released photos of the dingy L.A. apartment Cobain shared with Courtney Love. Before that, Seattle police found and developed four rolls of film connected with Cobain’s death. They've been in an evidence locker since 1994. While these images of disarray and death may titillate,...

7:37 a.m. on Tuesday. Credit Twitter Photo/WSDOT

Two people were killed in the crash of a news helicopter near the Seattle Space Needle Tuesday morning. They were identified as longtime KOMO-TV news photographer Bill Strothman, 62, of Bothell, and pilot Gary Pfitzner, 59, of Issaquah. The helicopter was on assignment for KOMO-TV when it went down outside Fisher Plaza. Eyewitnesses said the chopper was attempting to land on the station's seventh-floor helipad when it lurched to the side and fell to the street below. Debris and burning fuel...

To some observers, many people take jobs in Yakima with a two-year plan in mind. That was the case for Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital's CEO, Rick Linneweh, and also for the hospital’s senior vice president and chief operating officer, Russ Myers. But Rick decided to forgo the two-year plan, and in this excerpt from StoryCorps Northwest, he tells Russ why he ended up staying at his job for 38 years. Copyright 2013 Northwest Public Radio


Imagine getting to know your Dad behind security glass. For eight-year-old Erica Rodarte watching her father move in and out of prison for gang related crimes was normal. On StoryCorps Northwest hear Erica share how it feels stepping outside a gang-influenced lifestyle. Copyright 2013 Northwest Public Radio


When John Baule accepted the job of Yakima Valley Museum Director, he thought he’d give it a couple of years. But his two-year plan became a ten-year passion. On StoryCorps Northwest, John tells his friend, Ralph Thompson, about the museum embracing minority stories of the Yakima Valley. Copyright 2013 Northwest Public Radio

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Off Crooked Mile Road in Granite Falls, Washington stands a giant wooden Torii. This Japanese arch marks the entrance to the only Shinto shrine on mainland U.S. soil: the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America . Its serene here cedar trees rising up along the banks of the Pilchuck River . This is the perfect location for the shrine because the essence of Shintoism is the love and reverence of nature, as well as the worship of Kami spirits. You know that spiritual uplift you get as you stand at the...

Courtney Flatt

The Teanaway River winds around the eastern slope of Washingtons Cascade Mountains. For years, conservation groups tried to protect the area with no success. Now, a coalition has purchased the land in one of the largest acquisitions in Washingtons history.