Kara McDermott | KUOW News and Information

Kara McDermott

Web Producer

Year started with KUOW: 2013

A former intern of the KUOW web department, Kara was hired as a web producer in 2013. She supports KUOW's web content with graphics, photography and video. 

She is a graduate of the University of Washington where she received a B.A. in English and certificates in editing and data visualization. She is certified as a national and remote EMT. 

Kara has worked as a freelance editor, soccer reporter and business office manager. She volunteers as an EMT with a rural fire department. 

To see more of Kara's KUOW portfolio, visit our current site. 

Ways to Connect

Carlos Ferreira and Jennifer Watts

Recently, the Economic Policy Institute released a study that said that a family of four – two parents and two children – need a household income of $70,000 a year to maintain a “modest lifestyle.”

John Burbank, the executive director of the Economic Opportunity Institute which is a regional partner of the EPI, explained that how the calculations were made.

More Vacation, More Problems?

Jul 10, 2013
Flickr Photo/davitydave

The Society for Human Resource Management’s 2012 Survey says that one percent of US employers offer unlimited vacation if you get your work done, including big companies like IBM and Netflix, and smaller start-ups like Seattle’s Social Strata, a tech company focused on social media applications.

AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

The government of South Korea says its officials will inspect engines and landing equipment on all Boeing 777s owned by Asiana and Korean Air, which was the type of plane that crash-landed in San Francisco Saturday, killing two people and wounding dozens more.

There's a lot of water in Washington state, and therefore a lot of bridges. Transportation for America put together the numbers of structurally deficient bridges by state county and compared Washington to the rest of the country. There's good news: Washington is ranked 46 out of 51 states (including Washington, D.C.) in structurally deficient bridges. Pennsylvania performed the worst with 24.5 percent of bridges considered deficient.

Flickr Photo/g4ll4is

You are under surveillance when you go online. The information gatherers include the government, advertising companies and brokers who sell your data. Christopher Soghoian, chief technologist for the national ACLU, explains that the constantly updating world of technology has  also changed the government's ability to spy Internet communications and mobile telephones.  

SIFF logo

The Seattle International Film Festival starts Thursday and will run through June 9 featuring over 400 films from more than 80 countries.

Seattle film critic David Chen can’t wait. Chen is the editor-at-large of Slash Film and co-hosts “The Tobolowsky Files,” a radio program featuring true stories of life, love, and Hollywood as told by actor Stephen Tobolowsky.

Seattle Vs. Portland Smackdown!

May 3, 2013
Flickr Photo/Lorena Cupcake and Darkain Multimedia

When the Emerald City and the Rose City go at it, from the outside it must look like a silly sibling feud between two hippies wearing REI chic. The two laid-back cultures maintain the most heated soccer rivalry in the country; on the men’s side with the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers, and now on the women’s side as well with the Seattle Reign versus the Portland Thorns.

Admittedly, some concessions can be made. Seattle continues to top the list of most literate cities, but can’t boast anything to rival Portland’s Powell’s Books. Portland has Light Rail, but Seattle has free parking on Sundays. Seattleites may allow the superiority of Voodoo Doughnuts, but will never compromise on Tom Douglas and Thierry Rautureau.

Can Portland really match the view of the Cascades to the east, the Olympics to the west and the Puget Sound in between? Seattle has crabbers from the Deadliest Catch wandering Ballard and Brandi Carlile playing Jimi Hendrix with Mike McCready backed by the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall. Is it any real competition?

Today on The Conversation, we explore the I-5 rivalry between the two cities and why these two ideologically-similar urban centers love to take each other down.

Flickr Photo/Colleen Danger

Initiative 502, which took effect in December 2012, decriminalizes the production of hemp in Washington state, though it remains illegal under federal law.

Hemp production has deep roots in the early colonial United States. In fact, the Virginia colony required that hemp be grown by farmers to produce rope. Benjamin Franklin started a hemp paper mill to avoid importing paper from Great Britain. One particularly important document did not utilize paper at all, but hemp instead: the Declaration of Independence.

Pages