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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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.

 

 

Oregon Water Quality
5:15 am
Mon March 19, 2012

EPA Gives Oregon Water Report A Mixed Review

SALEM, Ore. -- Oregon’s 2010 water quality report has earned a mixed review from the U.S. EPA.

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StoryCorps Northwest
6:44 am
Wed March 14, 2012

StoryCorps Northwest: Surviving the Khmer Rouge

Fauluaina Pritchard and Sinoun Hem

Millions died under Cambodia's communist regime. Sinoun Hem, of Tacoma, was a young girl when the Khmer Rouge came to power. She tells her friend Fauluaina Pritchard her about how she was taken from her family and forced into a child work camp.

State Trooper Memorial
6:14 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Slain Washington State Trooper Remembered

KENT, Wash. -- “A trooper’s trooper” -– that was a phrase used repeatedly to describe Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu at a memorial Wednesday afternoon in Kent.

He was born in Bucharest and immigrated to the United States at age 14. He served in the U.S. Army, spoke five languages and was well known for having a great sense of humor and a radiant smile.

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StoryCorps NW
10:27 am
Wed February 29, 2012

StoryCorps Northwest: Remembering A Father And How He Chose To Die

The StoryCorps mobile recording booth where Dion Cole sat down and shared with the staff her memories of her father.
Northwest Public Radio

Dion Cole's father loved speed. He shared his love of fast cars and the rev of engines with his two sons, and his adopted daughter, Dion. She shares some of the memories of fast times with her father. She also shares how he took his own life.
 

Wind Farm Moratorium
6:05 am
Tue February 28, 2012

Idaho Panel Advances Wind Energy Moratorium

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

BOISE, Idaho — A controversial bill that would stop the wind energy industry for two years has narrowly passed an Idaho House panel.

The House Local Government Committee passed the measure late Wednesday. The vote followed nearly four hours of testimony from supporters and opponents.

This bill doesn’t do away with government subsidies for wind farms. But it does put the brakes on an industry that has seen tremendous growth over the past several years.

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Gingrich Rally
6:04 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Gingrich Attracts North Idaho Voters Still On The Fence

Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista attended a campaign rally in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Thursday evening.
Photo credit: Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - Newt Gingrich was in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Thursday night to fund raise and rally voters before the state’s Super Tuesday caucus.

Newt Gingrich: “Barack Obama is, in national security terms, the most dangerous president in our lifetime.”

Gingrich called it “disgraceful” that President Obama apologized to Afghan authorities for Qurans accidentally burned on a U.S. military base.

Correspondent Jessica Robinson talked to voters at the north Idaho event … and found that for many, the race for the Republican presidential nomination is between two candidates.

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StoryCorps Northwest
7:06 am
Wed February 22, 2012

StoryCorps Northwest: A Boyhood Dream at "Camp"

Imagine an idyllic childhood. You play in the woods and climb trees, or splash in the creek and catch frogs. You're surrounded by a dozen homes that look  just like yours, and inside each one are kids to play with, or adults who give you ice cream. But about 400 yards away is a uranium mill. For StoryCorps Northwest, Doug Sly tells his friend Terry Kinzel about growing up near a yellow cake mill in Ford, Washington.

StoryCorps Northwest
12:05 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

StoryCorps Northwest: How We Met

Avery Green and Tim Toerber of Tacoma
Photo source: StoryCorps

Romantic relationships can be difficult to maintain, especially if they're long distance relationships. Avery Green and Tim Toerber of Tacoma share how they met, and how they manage to keep their relationship going during Tim's many deployments to Afghanistan. 
 

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