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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Northwest News
12:57 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Will You Watch Al Jazeera America?

Founding Dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Lawrence Pintak.
Credit Courtesy of L. Pintak

Al Jazeera America is live and available to 48 million homes in the US. But how many viewers will tune in? Lawrence Pintak, founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University and Northwest Public Radio commentator, says viewers who are tired of celebrity news may give Al Jazeera America a try.

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StoryCorps NW
7:32 am
Wed August 21, 2013

StoryCorps Northwest: Giving a Voice to the Yakima Valley

Ricardo Garcia (L) and his friend Nieves Negrete of Yakima talk about the first Spanish-language community radio station, KDNA. Negrete interviewed Garcia for StoryCorps.
Credit StoryCorps

KDNA, the country's first Spanish-lanuage community radio station, was founded by Ricardo Garcia of Yakima. Garcia worked with Cesar Chavez, and established the Yakima Valley Farm Worker’s Clinic.

Copyright 2013 Northwest Public Radio 

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Music + Culture
8:47 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Bruce Bradberry Remembers the Zonkey

A young Bruce Bradberry on a zonkey in Tijuana while on vacation with his Dad.
Credit Bruce Bradberry

Back in the 1960's, tourists to Tijuana would sit on a zonkey and have their picture taken. It was a good living for the owners of the zonkies (donkeys striped with lady's hair dye) but times have changed.

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Psychiana
6:01 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Psychiana: Moscow's Mail-Order Religion

Staff outside a new building on 3rd and Jackson streets in Moscow, 1934.
Latah County Historical Society

You’re probably aware of TV evangelists. They speak to you through the television, some claiming to heal you through the screen. Before television, there were radio evangelists, and mail-order evangelists. One of which offered a money-back guaranteed religion, and was headquartered in the Northwest. Sueann Ramella has the story of the Mail-Order prophet of Moscow, Idaho.  

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Northwest News
9:36 am
Wed October 24, 2012

WSU Coach Leach Bans Players from Tweeting

Washington State University Football Coach Mike Leach
WSU Athletics

By Joe Utter and Adam Lewis

Washington State University Coach Mike Leach banned players from using Twitter on Tuesday evening after a series of messages on the social media website was brought to his attention.

“Twitter is now banned around here so don’t expect anything on Twitter,” Leach said after Tuesday’s practice. “Twitter’s banned and quite frankly if after today you see anything on Twitter from our team-- and I don’t care if it says ‘I love life’-- I would like to see it because I will suspend them.”

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Dan Rather Interview
7:50 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Guts, Backbone, And Competition Needed To Save American Journalism, An Interview With Dan Rather

Photo Credit: WSU Murrow Symposium Web Page

CBS correspondent Dan Rather was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award Thursday. Morning Edition Sueann Ramella had the chance to sit with him.

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UI Athletic Division
6:25 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Idaho Athletic Diector Says UI Wants To Stay In Football Bowl Subdivision

The University of Idaho is reevaluating its options in football, with the emphasis on staying in Division 1 and protecting its Football Bowl Subdivision status. The statement from University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear came following announcements from colleges last week that make the future of the Western Athletic Conference unclear.

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Byrne Music Installation
7:14 am
Wed April 4, 2012

David Byrne Presents Found Sound Installation

The Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.
Photo by Nigel Chadwick Wikimedia Commons

Did you know London has a tempo of 122.86 beats per minute? So says musician David Byrne, of Talking Heads and solo career fame. Byrne’s new sound installation , titled “Get It Away,” builds a song around sampled sounds recorded in the city.

“It turned out that most of the sounds seemed to converge around a common rhythm,” Byrne says, “I let the sounds dictate the groove, the tempo, and then I simply played along.”

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MegaMillions Lottery
6:03 am
Fri March 30, 2012

MegaMillions Jackpot Draws High Interest Around Northwest

SALEM, Ore. – All around the Northwest, people are lining up at convenience stores and gas stations with dreams of a big-time payday. The multi-state MegaMillions lottery jackpot has topped a half-billion dollars. In Salem, Brenda McDonald bought three tickets at a downtown grocery store. She's already thought about what she'd do if she won.

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StoryCorps Northwest
6:20 am
Wed March 21, 2012

Friendship During Wartime: Deborah Ranniger

Deborah Ranniger
Photo courtesy StoryCorps Northwest

Late in his life, Leonard Cornell developed Alzheimer’s.  As his condition deteriorated, he told one story again and again to his daughter Deborah. Here, for StoryCorps Northwest, she shares that story. It's of an unlikely friendship and how it shaped her father's life.

 

 

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