Jillian Raftery

Jillian Raftery

Jillian Raftery works on the newsdesk at KIRO Radio 97.3 FM as an editor. She loves the neighborly vibe of the Pacific Northwest and spends as much time as possible outdoors with her dog.

Bellevue police become one of few cities in Washington to close hiring gap

After years working toward the effort, the Bellevue Police Department is fully staffed and among the few in Washington that are not facing a shortage.
2 years ago

Snapshot of life locked up at Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center

The Northwest Detention Center has been the site of hunger strikes, protests, and even a fatal police shooting during an attempted arson this summer.
2 years ago

ICE offers rare tour of Tacoma immigration detention to show ‘humane’ conditions

KIRO Radio reporters were allowed to tour the Northwest Detention Center where ICE detains migrants and asylum seekers in Tacoma, Washington.
2 years ago

FBI to Washington students: Hoax threats aren’t a joke

Hoax threats are common at schools in Washington state, where students have falsely reported threats, prompting action from law enforcement. 
2 years ago

Washington sailors gearing up for 750-mile ‘Race to Alaska’

The Race to Alaska begins Thursday, where 65 teams have signed up for the chance to win $10,000.
6 years ago

Club owners, bouncers attend active-shooter training ahead of Seattle Pride weekend

It was standing-room-only as members of Seattle's nightlife industry packed a Capitol Hill event space, drawn to an active shooter training in the aftermath of the Orlando nightclub shooting.
6 years ago

Meet the UW professor who brought ‘Finding Dory’ to life

The upcoming "Finding Dory" movie may take place deep in the ocean, but it was a University of Washington professor who helped Pixar bring the film's reef to life.
6 years ago

‘Jungle’ consultant tasked with determining the future of encampment land

There have been calls for change at the Jungle ever since a shooting left two people dead and three wounded at the city's largest homeless camp in January.
6 years ago

University of Washington hosts first marijuana policy conference

Policy experts are gathering to to discuss Washington state's emerging recreational marijuana market to determine how to handle the businesses moving forward.
6 years ago

Despite improving cancer treatments, Seattle doctor sees more seeking ‘natural’ remedies

As groundbreaking treatments continue to be developed and the odds of surviving climb, Doctor Bart Scott with Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center says more and more patients are rejecting recommended treatments in favor of natural remedies that run the gamut from herbal supplements to raw diets.
6 years ago

Despite manpower shortage, state is ready for early wildfire season

The Washington state Department of Natural Resources relies heavily on college students as seasonal firefighters, but a big chunk of their manpower remains missing until classes are over.
6 years ago

Amazon convenient scapegoat for rising Seattle rent, but there’s more to the story

A recent study shows that while the local tech industry is partly responsible for rising Seattle rents, it is not entirely to blame.
6 years ago

Honoring the heroes who didn’t make it home

Memorial Day can be an especially painful for the families of service members who remain missing in action, some for decades.
6 years ago

Waiting for SPD: Seattle victims waiting along the road for more than an hour

Two separate cases on Seattle roads tell a dangerous story. One victim was left on the side of the road waiting for more than an hour. Police didn't even show for the second.
6 years ago

Bellevue High School parents, boosters push back against damning report

Bellevue football boosters are backing up what they've said for months: they've done nothing wrong.
6 years ago

Kayaktivists flock to Anacortes for 3-day protest against fossil fuel industry

A year ago, protesters made national headlines by trying to block Shell Oil’s Polar Pioneer from entering Seattle. Now, they’re hoping to start a movement to transition away from fossil fuels entirely.
6 years ago

Seattle political activist wants to put politicians in timeout

Kristin Finkbeiner, northwest political activist and founder of the group MomsRising, is recommending for the very first time that parents not watch debates with their younger children.
6 years ago

Seattle tunnel progress a major contrast to past problems

The progress that Bertha, Seattle's boring machine, is making is a huge relief for contractors and the state. What is going so well this time around?
6 years ago

Did you know Bertha whistles while she works?

Bertha the tunnel boring machine is considered one of the biggest and most powerful pieces of mining technology to ever be released. But, ever wonder what she sounds like when she’s digging? Well, Bertha actually sings.
6 years ago

State remains at risk of record-breaking wildfire destruction thanks to funding problems

Washington has seen two straight years of record-breaking wildfire destruction. And funding issues could put the state at risk of going up in smoke yet again. First, it was the Carlton Complex of fires in 2014, scorching more than a quarter million acres in Central Washington, and taking with it over 300 homes from Twisp […]
6 years ago

UW students rattled as SPD investigate 3 recent rape cases around campus

Three women have reported being raped around the University of Washington campus since the beginning of March. Their reports are added to the 45 violent crimes in the Univeristy District so far this year.
6 years ago

Six months later, Whidbey Island man charged for injuring ferry captains with laser

Six months after a man allegedly injured two ferry captains with a high powered laser, felony charges have been filed in Island County.
6 years ago

Is online dating really as dangerous as some fear?

The murder of Ingrid Lyne, who police say was killed by a man she met online, has raised a lot of fears about online dating and the dangers it poses. But are apps really more dangerous than old-fashioned dating?
6 years ago

Legal expert: Finding the rest of Renton mom’s body an important next step

KIRO legal expert Anne Bremner explains the rush for the King County Prosecutors office in the Renton murder.
6 years ago