Colleen O'Brien

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Colleen O’Brien is the Morning News Anchor at KIRO Newsradio. She’s been broadcasting since junior high, but began her professional career in Seattle radio. She then spent a few years in Spokane working for KXLY TV before returning to her first love – radio – at KIRO FM.

Colleen O’Brien: Who’s afraid of little old TikTok?

Why did President Joe Biden, with the overwhelming support of Congress, place a nine-month choke hold on TikTok?
1 month ago

Colleen O’Brien: Mount McKinley became Denali; will Mount Rainier’s name also change?

KIRO Newsradio historian Feliks Banel thinks Mount Rainier will go back to its original name "in our lifetime."
1 month ago

Colleen O’Brien: Supreme Court grapples with Idaho abortion ban

In 2022, the right to abortion care was struck down and that's why we now find ourselves covering Supreme Court cases involving state laws around abortion.
1 month ago

Colleen O’Brien: Is the FAFSA loan worth the degree?

The government revised FAFSA forms to make them less cumbersome. But the rollout of this new form at the start of 2024 was less than ideal.
2 months ago

Colleen O’Brien: Seattle’s new walkability maps

If you've ever vacationed in a city where you are within a 15-minute walk of whatever you may need, then you know how awesome it can feel.
2 months ago

Rep. Adam Smith: Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan ‘have waited way too long’ for U.S. aid

In a bipartisan vote, the U.S. House of Representatives advanced a key foreign aid package affecting funding for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan on Friday.
2 months ago

Colleen O’Brien: Female oncologist gives advice for women choosing a doctor

Women's History Month comes with celebrations. Yet, society has a long way to go regarding treating women as equally important as men.
3 months ago

Colleen O’Brien: A lofty goal of 500,000 diapers

Throughout March, the local non-profit Do the Right Thing hosts a March of Diapers Drive. The diapers collected go to dozens of local non-profits, which then distribute them to families in need.
3 months ago

Colleen O’Brien: Can you ace this quiz on consumer protection knowledge?

We had a bit of fun on Friday with ConsumerMan Herb Weisbaum, who brought out the props to quiz the hosts on consumer protection knowledge.
3 months ago

Colleen O’Brien: Doctor says we ‘need meat’ for mental health to thrive

Dr. Georgia Ede is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist who has written a book on changing a diet to better one's mental health.
3 months ago

Colleen O’Brien: Sen. Karen Keiser explains why this is the time to retire

Another long-serving Washington lawmaker, Democratic state Sen. Karen Keiser, announced this week she will not run for re-election.
3 months ago

Seattle-area homebuyers now have climate to consider

Redfin has added climate factors to its menu of items for homebuyers to consider when shopping for real estate.
3 months ago

Colleen O’Brien: Rep. Wilcox explains why he’s leaving the legislature

After 14 years in the state legislature, Rep. J.T. Wilcox is resigning. He stated that younger leadership needs to take over.
4 months ago

Colleen O’Brien: Seafood fraud, what is it and how to avoid it

For example, one of the most common kinds of seafood misrepresented is white fish. Red snapper, a higher-priced fish, is often just tilapia.
4 months ago

Colleen O’Brien: Good news for jobs amid massive layoffs — AI engineers

Mike said there have been roughly 200,000 layoffs, broadly speaking, in the last two years. Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Google and Meta are all involved.
4 months ago

The SMN Interviews: Latest COVID-19 variant escapes natural immunity

The most prevalent COVID-19 variant circulating right now is JN.1 and is a sub-variant of omicron. JN.1 is very infectious, according to Dr. Keith Jerome.
4 months ago

The SMN Interviews: How the ‘Clean Plate Club’ ruined us all

"People trying to use willpower to change eating habits is not something that works very well ..." Dr. Judson Brewer said to Seattle's Morning News.
4 months ago

‘Childcare reaching a crisis point,’ State House tries to come up with answers

Two competing childcare bills in the state House claim to have a solution to the childcare crisis.
5 months ago

Kissing booths, ‘creative wayfinding’ lures tourists back to Seattle

The Visit Seattle team feels good about 2023 and they have plans to keep the numbers growing.
5 months ago

The SMN Interviews: Jancee Dunn, Matt Markovich, Herb Weisbaum

This is our weekly series highlighting the best interviews from Seattle's Morning News on KIRO Newsradio.
5 months ago

The SMN Interviews: ‘Human jukebox’ Nikhil Bagga, Rep. Monica Stonier, Rob McKenna

Our weekly series highlights the best interviews from Seattle's Morning News on KIRO Newsradio.
5 months ago

Colleen: Lawmakers plan how to spend excess Climate Commitment Act funds

One of the tasks lawmakers will tackle is figuring out how to spend the excess revenue from the Climate Commitment Act -- $940 million.
5 months ago

Colleen: Sen. Randall wants federal funding for Washington ferries

A important question we asked Sen. Randall was what she would do in Congress to help funding for Washington state's ailing ferry system.
7 months ago

Colleen: What does charitable giving mean for your taxes?

This week, with the giving season upon us, we discussed charitable giving. What does it mean for our taxes? And has anything changed in the tax code this year? For those answers, we turn to CBS Business Analyst Jill Schlesinger.
7 months ago