Sueann Ramella

Morning Edition Host & Producer

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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StoryCorps Northwest
11:41 am
Wed October 23, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Short-Term Plan Becomes Long Career in Yakima Valley

Outgoing Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital CEO Rick Linneweh (R), talks about his 38 year career with incoming CEO Russ Myers.

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.

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StoryCorps Northwest
6:48 am
Wed October 16, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Breaking Gang Ties

Erica Rodarte talking with StoryCorps facilitator Callie Thuma about her work helping at risk youth in the Yakima Valley AmeriCorps program.
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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.

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StoryCorps Northwest
7:23 am
Wed October 9, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Staying in Yakima and Curating the Stories of the Valley

John Baule talking with his friend, Ralph Thompson, about directing the Yakima Valley Museum.
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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.

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Shinto
8:06 am
Tue October 8, 2013

What's So Special About This Shinto Shrine? The Priest Isn't Japanese, But That's Not All

The Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America is the only Shinto shrine on the U.S. mainland. There are seven shrines on the Hawaiian Islands. Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America is located in Granite Falls, Washington.
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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. It’s serene here cedar trees rising up along the banks of the Pilchuck River.

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Environmental Protection
6:14 am
Mon October 7, 2013

A Land Deal To Conserve Water, Wildlife

Near the West Fork, the land flattens out. Conservationists worried this area would be developed one day. That would alter the landscape and drain the watershed.
Credit Courtney Flatt

The Teanaway River winds around the eastern slope of Washington’s 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 Washington’s history.

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StoryCorps NW
7:38 am
Wed October 2, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: A Community Comes Together For Polo Aguilera

Terry Aguilera talking with her co-worker and friend, Cherokee Frazier, about her late husband, Polo Aguilera.

Polo Aguilera lived for his community. He participated in 10 Yakima council boards, funded local sports teams and was the founder of Yakima's first Mexican bakery, La Petunia. He was known as a man who loved to help others. When Polo’s health started to fail, it didn't come as a surprise that the community came to his family's aid. Polo's wife, Terry Aguilera  talked to her co-worker and friend, Cherokee Frazier about Polo's struggle with cancer and the help their family received after his death.

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StoryCorps NW
9:43 am
Wed September 25, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Never Too Late To Fall in Love

After some hesitation, Dotty allowed Howard Prentice to sit with her while traveling on a bus. Since that fateful trip, they've been married for ten years.
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Senior citizen Howard Kelly Prentice Jr. decided he needed a little activity. So he signed up for an Elderhostel vacation. He ended up with quite a souvenir, his future wife, Dotty Prentice, proving it's never too late to fall in love.

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StoryCorps NW
7:04 am
Wed September 18, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Painful Memories Of Being Left Behind

Trinidad Rivera of Yakima with her daughter, Keila Rivera.
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Imagine leaving your children with relatives while you look for jobs in another country. This is the case for many migrant workers who come to Washington state to harvest crops. In StoryCorps Northwest, hear Trinidad Rivera shares the painful memory of being left behind in Mexico for 3 years while her parents worked in the US with her daughter, Keila.

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Northwest News
9:56 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Can't Hear Us? There Are Several Stations Off-Air (UPDATE)

UPDATE 11:15 AM:  All stations have now returned to air. Thank you for your patience.

Due to strong winds overnight in the Moses Lake area, a satellite dish allowing stations to receive audio became nonaligned and several of our stations are off-air. These stations include 91.5 FM Moses Lake/Ephrata, 90.3 FM Wenatchee, 89.9 FM Ellensburg, and 91.3 FM Leavenworth. An engineer is working to correct the problem as quickly as possible.

StoryCorps NW
7:04 am
Wed September 11, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: The Colonel, And We, Make Three

That was Jan Michelle Lowell and Mike Isaacs of Yakima talking about restoring the Colonel, the town's only public statue and what they learned in the process.
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Inspired by the life and activism of a friend, Jan Michelle Lowell and Mike Isaacs of Yakima decided to work together on a community project. They raised funds to replicate the town's only public statue, the 110-year old Spanish-American War memorial of Colonel J.J. Weisenberger, a much loved military leader and a signer of the Washington State Constitution. Jan and Mike want to move the statue from its current location on Yakima Avenue, to the Yakima Valley Museum for preservation.

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