Behind The Mic: Kelly Hilton and Connor Henricksen

Nov 9, 2017
NWPR Staff

“Who’s Behind the Mic?” introduces you to the voices you hear on Northwest Public Radio.

Kelly Hilton

Kelly started listening to public radio when she started working at Northwest Public Radio. She wanted to be part of the team that brings programs to listeners across the region. Now she feels personally connected to the programs, her favorite being 1A with Joshua Johnson.

She likes feeling she is part of something that is accurate, and says “it’s nice to work somewhere there’s an emphasis on accuracy and truth.”

Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Western Washington University in Bellingham.  Last year she completed another degree, this time from Washington State University, majoring in public relations, with a minor in French.

The daughter of a proud Cougar, Kelly always wanted to study at WSU. It was not a matter of “if” - just “when.” “I just wanted to be sure when I came to WSU I could pay for it myself,” she said.

Kelly began announcing at Northwest Public Radio during her senior year at WSU and managed to do it while raising two children, now ages 13 and 20.

“I have not taken a nap since 2004,” Kelly says, laughing.

She may not nap much, but she reads a lot. She has zero social media and no TV, but is the proud owner of a big collection of books. Her family has a tradition of reading together:  she has one book club and reading series with her children, and a separate one with her parents. 

It just became easier for students to fly drones as part of their class work. The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday loosened restrictions on the use of unmanned aircraft in academia.

WWU Activist Demands Met With Criticism

Mar 25, 2016
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A student-led activist group at Western Washington University posted a list of demands in February calling for a more diverse, socially just and aware campus.


The Student Assembly for Power and Liberation listed their demands through an online petition, in which the group describes itself as follows:


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For some schools, the most basic task is getting students through the door. One school district on the Yakama Nation Reservation learned the hard way that punishment wouldn't fix its attendance problem. Now, administrators are trying a friendlier strategy to get students to school.

Principal Joey Castilleja is manning White Swan High School’s newly christened Welcome Room, alternating between good-natured jokes and asking students why they’re coming late to school.

WSU Board Green Lights New Medical School In Spokane

Sep 12, 2014
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Washington State University's Board of Regents unanimously approved a plan Friday to establish a medical school in Spokane. It has the potential to generate 120 new doctors every year in the Northwest. But the move also tees up a fight between Washington's two largest public universities.

The University of Washington in Seattle is currently the state's only public medical school.

But WSU Spokane chancellor Lisa Brown says the program just isn't enough to satisfy the shortage of doctors.

Washington may get at least two new official state symbols, thanks to some young students.

Oregon Teen Faces Charges In School Attack Plot

May 27, 2013

An Oregon teenager will be in court Tuesday on charges that he was planning to set off bombs at his high school. The court appearance comes on the same day that students return to West Albany High School for the first time since police uncovered the alleged plot. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Students would be able to take up to two days off per year for religious holidays under a proposal in Olympia. A hearing is scheduled Monday on a bill that would benefit Muslim students celebrating Ramadan.

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Oregon high school students would be required to learn CPR to get a diploma, under a bill being considered by state lawmakers. A group of students were in Salem Wednesday to lobby on the issue. Virginia Alvino reports.

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Idaho voters delivered a resounding defeat to three new education laws. Voters said no to limits on teacher bargaining rights, to creating a pay-for-performance system and to ramping up classroom technology. Opponents were successful, in part, by billing the laws as an attack on teachers.

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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.