Our Northwest, a multi-media extension of Northwest Public Radio, provides news and information on topics of concern to people in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and British Columbia.
Northwest Public Radio has teamed up with several Washington State University programs as well as experts from around the area to provide information on topics unique to the Northwest. Three or four times each year, we select an overall topic to explore. “Our Northwest Economy” was the latest topic.
In November, Northwest Public Radio aired a month-long series of eight features on macroeconomics and personal finance for northwesterners. We covered the long-suffering regional dairy industry, Boeing, the economic ramifications of savings, what “buying local” means to local economies, how to curb impulse spending, the “Money or Your Life” movement, the stories of a young couple who managed a large debt, and interviews with two people who survived the Great Depression.
Earlier this year, we covered green building practices in a series for Our Northwest that took us across the WSU campus and into communities across this region; the Columbia River Basin Water Management Program for Our Northwest Water and traditional and alternative energy programs for Our Northwest Energy. We've also looked at organic gardening and habitat issues for Our Organic Northwest.
For the spring, Northwest Public Radio is going to produce eight radio features and blog content around the topic, “home”. This series will look at habitat, as an extension of our green building practices series as well as explore family groups in the Northwest. We hope to present pieces about individuals and families in various stages of their lives.
Our Northwest Content Experts:
Max Kirk, Assistant Director, Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Construction Management, WSU.
Jason Peschel, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Construction Management, WSU.
Greg Kessler, Director, Professor, School of Architecture and Construction Management,WSU.
Sadie Martin, architect with Miller Hull in Seattle.
Karl Englund, Assistant Research Professor and Extension Specialist, WMEL, WSU.
Vik Yadama, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, WMEL, WSU.
Mike Nelson, Director of the Northwest Solar Center, WSU.
Dave Sjoding, Renewables and Engineering Division Manager for WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.
We have received support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as part of an Innovative Media Grant. Thanks, CPB!
Ultimately, you are the person we attempt to serve. Please let us know what you'd like to see online and listen to over the air at Northwest Public Radio. After all, we are only as strong as the communities we serve.
Arlie Sommer (summer, fall 08 - content and design)
Esther Anderson (summer 08 - photographer, feature writer)
Stephanie Finch (fall 08 - writer, coordinator, PR and outreach)
Emily Easley (fall 08 - feature writer)
Stephanie Finch (spring 09 - feature writer)
Kris Totev (fall 09 - website posts, functionality)