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
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. 
 

Idaho Energy Commission
5:50 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Otter Creates Commission to Study Nuclear Energy Issues

Idaho Governor Butch Otter
Photo by: justmaketheshift.idaho.gov Northwest News Network

Idaho Governor Butch Otter has created a nuclear energy commission to look at the future role of the Idaho National Laboratory.

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StoryCorps Northwest
6:51 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Life at Big Pasco: La Dona Madison and Michael Madison

Michael Madison and his mother, La Dona Madison.

La Dona Madison worked at the "Big Pasco" military base in Washington during World War II. It was a busy place with soldiers eveywhere but not just American soldiers. She tells her son, Michael Madison, about some unusual guests at the base.

Washington Soldier Killed
5:57 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Seattle Marine Killed in Afghanistan

A 23-year-old Seattle soldier died in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.

SEATTLE -- A Marine sergeant from Seattle was killed this week in Afghanistan. An improvised explosive device killed 23-year-old Will Stacey in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

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StoryCorps Northwest
6:46 am
Wed February 1, 2012

No Vacation: Amy Buckler and Mina Black

Mina Black and her mother, Amy Buckler
StoryCorps Northwest

Life in Seward, Alaska wasn't easy for English major Amy Buckler and her husband. They had a tough time making ends meet. One day, they decided to leave and start a new life in Oregon with their young daughter. In today's StoryCorps Amy tells her now 10-year-old daughter, Mina Black, about a trip that would prove tougher than they'd ever expected.

Congressmen hope to allow logging on public lands.
5:59 am
Fri January 27, 2012

DeFazio and Walden Appear in Grants Pass to Promote Timber Trust Bill

DeFazio and Walden want to allow for more logging in Oregon Cascade forests such as the Santiam State Fores, pictured here.
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GRANT'S PASS, Ore. – Oregon Congressmen Peter DeFazio and Greg Walden appeared together in Grants Pass Thursday. They were pushing their proposal to open up some public forests to logging. Amelia Templeton reports they were tight lipped about the details.

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Unicare used unapproved methods to determine rates
6:43 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Insurer Fined For Charging Wash. Students Incorrect Rates

Washington State University students were among those charged incorrect rates by Unicare Life and Health Insurance.
Public Domain Wikimedia Commons

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington state insurance commissioner has fined an Indiana company $100,000 for charging Washington college students the wrong rates.

Unicare Life and Health Insurance sold over 8,000 insurance policies, primarily to international students, between 2004 and 2009. Most were short-term policies costing an average of $80 a month. The problem is, the company used unapproved methods to determine those rates. Unicare also excluded people from coverage whom they shouldn’t have. Rich Roesler is a spokesperson for the state’s insurance office.

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DeFazio hopes to counter loss of timber money
6:35 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Oregon Congressman Hopes To Restore Funding To Rural Counties

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio
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EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio is hoping he'll soon be able to introduce legislation that will help fund rural counties who are bracing for the loss of federal timber payments.

Some counties face insolvency if the Secure Rural Schools Act is not renewed. Congressman DeFazio says he's working with fellow Democratic Representative Curt Schrader and Republican Representative Greg Walden for a temporary extension. They're also helping him with a long term plan.

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Convicts instead given life sentences
6:25 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Lawmakers Consider Abolishing Death Penalty To Save Money In Wash.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are considering a plan to save money by abolishing the death penalty in the state. That idea got a hearing today in Olympia. Karil Klingbeil testified in support of the ban. Her sister, Candy Hemmig, was murdered 30 years ago in Olympia. The killer, Mitchell Rupe was dubbed “the man too fat to hang.” He initially got the death penalty, but after 20 years of appeals, received a life sentence instead. Klingbeil testified about the anger she used to feel.

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