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KBCS Recognized for Excellence in Reporting

KBCS received an award on November 27th, 2017 for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism 2017 Katherine Schneider Journalism Award for Excellence in Reporting on Disability competition. Listen to the two award winning segments of Dorian Wants Transit Policy Toward Disabled Persons to Change, highlighting the experiences of a wheelchair user as they use King County Metro’s bus system. Originally aired in 2016, both segments are a part of KBCS’s What’s the Flux?: Commuter Dispatches series.

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A Day At The Bus Stop

What happens at a bus stop throughout the day? In this special edition of What’s the Flux: Commuter dispatches, lead Producer, Mona Yeh and Producer, Yuko Kodama sent reporters out to visit some of our region’s busiest bus stops over a 24 hour period. You’ll listen to the rhythm at popular transit centers in our region, and what riders say about their commutes.

 

What’s the Flux: Commuter Dispatches and KBCS partnered with the Seattle Globalist to examine the ridership at bus stops in our region with an interactive map.

Reporters: Karl Benitez, Mimansa Dogra, Kendra Hanna, David Joseph, Varisha Kahn, Yuko Kodama, Casey Martin, Hassan Noor, Jenny Phan, Trevor Pogue, Brie Ripley, Chetanya Robinson, and Randy Salgado.

This story was edited by Yuko Kodama

The project was sponsored by the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR) as part of its national initiative, Localore: Finding America. #Finding America

 

 

 

Party on Wheels Bus Stories

We invited the community to a Party on Wheels. Parents, kids, senior citizens and the like all enjoyed talking about their bus experiences. Correspondent Nathan Miller has the dispatch.

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Bus Rides, Laughing Yoga and Senior Citizens

Taking the bus is no laughing matter for senior citizen couple, Sashi and Ravi. They live in Bellevue and rely heavily on public transportation to connect with their community through the Indian Association of Western Washington. It’s how they get to laughing chair yoga and share precious laughs with other senior citizens. (more…)

Four Buses, Five Hours, Two Destinations

Seattle is not the only place where housing affordability is a concern. On the eastside, housing prices forced high school student, Coen Lavar’s family to relocate to Renton. For Coen, this meant a longer commute to his school in Sammamish. Much longer. Mona Yeh has his dispatch.

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Gia’s Bike & Bus Commute

Housing affordability is an ongoing issue in Seattle. For bike and bus commuter, Gia Mugford, housing prices are one part of the equation. For Gia congestion, parking availability and constant crowds on Capitol Hill were other factors that led her to make a move. Gia left Seattle and moved to Tacoma where she’s happy with her new home and her bike and bus commute. Reporter Whitney Henry-Lester has Gia’s dispatch.

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Life lessons learned on the bus

Our WTFlux team learned at our April event that when you “unmute the commute”, you can learn a lot. From having conversations to strangers to people watching that inspires art, there are many life lessons that can be learned.

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Transit Access for the DeafBlind Community, Part 2

We continue our exploration of issues around access and mobility for people in the DeafBlind community with Chris Loomis. Producer, Mona Yeh and correspondent Yuko Kodama spent time at The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. in Seattle to learn more. Here’s the dispatch.

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Transit Access for the DeafBlind Community, Part 1

Daily commuting activities such as crossing the street, boarding a bus, and knowing where to get off – become part of a completely different world for those in the deaf-blind community. Seattle has perhaps one of the largest and most active DeafBlind communities in the country. Producer, Mona Yeh and correspondent, Yuko Kodama spent time learning more about issues around access and mobility for people in this community through the Lighthouse for the Blind Seattle. They spent time with Debra Kahn communicating through two tactile American Sign Language interpreters, who alternated every 15 minutes. Watch the video below and here more of Debra’s story here.

Transit Access for the DeafBlind community from 91.3 KBCS on Vimeo.

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Emily’s Bike & Bus Commute

Emily Campbell enjoys her bike to bus commute just the way it is. Driving a car is not an option she likes or thinks about. In fact, Emily says even if she won the lottery, she’d buy a car but still take the bus. Correspondent Whitney Henry Lester rode along with Emily and brings you her dispatch.

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