Phyllis Fletcher

Former Managing Editor

Phyllis Fletcher managed our regional collaborative journalism service for three years before accepting a bureau chief post with NPR. She is sought as a news analyst for live broadcast, and as a writer and speaker on racism, inclusive sourcing and breaking news production techniques. 

Fletcher was named the inaugural Public Radio News Directors, Inc. Editor of the Year in 2017 and is interim president of the Seattle Association of Black Journalists. Her honors include a national Edward R. Murrow Award, a Sigma Delta Chi medal, two Gracies, two UNITY Awards, two Salutes to Excellence from the National Association of Black Journalists and a first prize in beat reporting from the Education Writers Association. She has been named a Friend of Scholastic Journalism by the Journalism Education Association.

Fletcher is a graduate of  the University of Washington, Columbia University and James A. Garfield High School. She has earned academic credentials in demography, software engineering and accounting fraud detection.

Emily Schwing / Northwest News Network

A student is dead and three are in serious but stable condition after a shooting Wednesday morning at Freeman High School in Freeman, Washington, near Spokane.

A student told reporters that a male schoolmate had brought two guns to school and fired one of them at the beginning of the late-start school day at 10:15 a.m. Spokane fire chief Brian Schaeffer said the suspect was "taken down safely" and is in custody of law enforcement. 

Northwest Confederate Monuments Targeted For Removal And Vandalism

Aug 19, 2017
Courtney Flatt, Travis S. on Flickr, Molly Solomon

A white nationalist clash that left a woman dead last week in Charlottesville, Virginia was followed by the removal of Confederate statues, memorials and plaques around the country, either by protesters or at the behest of government officials. Several Confederate memorials still stand in the Northwest. We visited three of them.

Northwest Republicans Tweet And Facebook After Charlottesville

Aug 18, 2017
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On Saturday August 12, a woman was killed at the "Unite the Right Rally" in Charlottesville, Virginia where Confederate flags flew, racist and anti-Semitic insults were chanted and KKK robes were donned. After President Donald Trump's initial statement blamed "both sides," Republicans across the country were scrutinized for what they said, what they didn't and when. We collected some online statements of Northwest Republicans in the week after Charlottesville.

Emily Schwing / Northwest News Network

Residents of Airway Heights, Washington, have been advised not to drink water from the tap. The advisory came Tuesday from nearby Fairchild Air Force Base, as part of the Pentagon’s program to test and clean water sources near military bases around the country.

Emily Schwing / Northwest News Network

For the first time, Gonzaga University could bring the NCAA Division I men’s basketball championship trophy home to Spokane. The Bulldogs beat the South Carolina Gamecocks 77-73 in Phoenix Saturday in the semifinal round of the Final Four.

Gonzaga And Oregon Off To Men's NCAA Final Four

Mar 25, 2017
Angela Nhi Nguyen / Northwest News Network

Two Division I men’s college basketball teams in the Northwest made history Saturday: The Oregon Ducks and the Gonzaga Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Final Four.

Scott Matsuda / Red Fish Blue Fish Photography

On a gray, rainy afternoon a man walks into a library and shows a missing-person flyer to a librarian. It’s in a day’s work for a foster child “locator” whose job is to find kids who’ve run away.

On a Tuesday morning a pair of brothers cry in court and say goodbye to their mother as they are sent to juvenile detention for skipping school--a phenomenon in which Washington state leads the country.

With a coffee cup in her hand, a woman visits the jail where her brain-injured son has been held for 57 days, asking through a bulletproof window about his medication.

Campaign photos

Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman debated her challenger at Spokane Falls Community College Wednesday afternoon. The first-term Republican faces Democrat and former Seattle City Councilmember Tina Podlodowski.

Phyllis Fletcher / Northwest News Network

A woman meets a mysterious stranger as she studies declassified documents about one the most polluted sites on earth.

Three generations of women are part of a family whose lives, health and even high school mascot bear markers of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington state.

The Washington State Historical Society recognizes these stories, and the entire project Daughters of Hanford, with the 2016 David Douglas Award.

Angela Nguyen / Northwest News Network

In 2015 a federal judge in Seattle ruled that the state of Washington was violating the constitutional rights of mentally ill jail inmates by not evaluating and treating them quickly enough so they could stand trial. The day before that ruling Evon Bercier's 32-year-old son Shawn was locked up in the Spokane County Jail.

Janean Jorgensen / Spokane Public Radio

"Everyone's taking it away from us, but we’re bringing it back."

Donald Trump made that promise to his fans Saturday at the Spokane Convention Center. Specifically, he was speaking to people who had lost work related to the timber industry. Manufacturing, mining and business, he said, will all rise in the U.S. if the apparent Republican nominee is elected to the White House.

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

A state representative admits he's not one of the cool kids and nobody wants to sit by him on an airplane full of lawmakers.

A rancher tells of a wildfire so out of control, flames jumped and reached across a highway.

Santa and Mrs. Claus are introduced to a room full of refugees in English and Arabic.

These stories and more from our reporters were awarded six honors Saturday from the Idaho Press Club, recognizing the best Idaho journalism in 2015.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

Our Richland Correspondent Anna King's coverage of the Washington wildfires of 2015 has won the Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, SPJ announced Friday.

Courtney Flatt / Northwest Public Radio

"You're not funny, Bob."

That was the opinion of one man who shouted his disapproval after tepid applause for Bob Parks, Kennewick city councilman Tuesday night.

Kansas State University

The man who has been offered the presidency of Washington State University is a chemical engineer and an Eagle Scout, and the current president of Kansas State University.

“The opportunity to come in as the new president of Washington State and be involved and engaged in helping to build a new publicly-funded medical school is really a tremendously unique opportunity,” Kirk Schulz said in an interview with public radio.

Ian C. Bates

Our Richland Correspondent Anna King has won two Gracie Awards, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation announced Monday. Anna has won the Gracie for outstanding correspondent and the Gracie for crisis coverage in the award's public radio division.

Washington State University announced Monday that our Richland Correspondent Anna King is WSU Woman of the Year for 2016.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

White Pass near Mount Rainier is open to drivers and skiers, but damage from washouts and rockslides has reduced Highway 12 to one lane in two spots.

John Rosman / OPB

Friday afternoon Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin named the nine people killed by a gunman Thursday at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

John Rosman / OPB

At a press conference Friday morning Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin repeated his vow about the Roseburg, Oregon, shooter who killed 10 people on Thursday.

Olivia Weitz

People who knew Antonio Zambrano-Montes said he had been sad and depressed in the months before his death in Pasco, Washington. He was shot in February by police after witnesses say he had been throwing rocks at a busy intersection.

The Franklin County prosecutor has not announced a decision about whether officers would be charged in his death, but the prosecutor's office released interview recordings, eyewitness videos and hundreds of pages of investigatory documents Wednesday.

Alan Sylvestre / OPB

Northwest politicians reacted Friday to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states.