Explore the brighter side of the news with KIRO Radio's Colleen O'Brien

Colleen O'Brien

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Holiday spending expected to set massive records in 2018

With the season kicking into full gear, holiday spending is poised to set records across the United States. But not everyone is spending the same.
3 years ago
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Colleen O'Brien

Cougs fans step up to help alum still in need of kidney donor

Cougs alum Cindy Meyer has been in need of a kidney donor for awhile now, but the hope now is that with some help from her fellow Cougs, she could find one soon.
3 years ago
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Colleen O'Brien

Everett Brownie troop uses cookies sales to save pets

An Everett Brownie troop decided to do some good with profits from cookie sales.
3 years ago
Colleen O'Brien

Officer with plenty of ‘sole’ helps community

A longtime Dallas police officer has a side passion-project that came to him through his police work.
3 years ago
Colleen O'Brien

No age limit for Meals on Wheels volunteer

Edward Kydd has traveled more than 13,000 miles and put in 1,700 hours of service for Meals on Wheels. He's 101 years old.
3 years ago
Colleen O'Brien

Police introduce new (stuffed) member of the force

Police officers in America’s smallest state proved they have the biggest hearts by making boy's lost animal a member of the force.
3 years ago
Colleen O'Brien

A cardboard box makes a child’s day

As a Mississippi family patiently awaited the delivery of their new refrigerator from Lowe's their 6-year-old son patiently awaited the delivery of that refrigerator box.
3 years ago
Colleen O'Brien

Students gift janitor with incredible trip

Students gave the janitor at Bristol University cold hard cash and caught it on video.
3 years ago
Colleen O'Brien

Waiter creates prosthetic arm for young customer

A young girl rode her bike - truly rode her bike - for the first time last Wednesday thanks to a waiter at an Ohio pizza place.
3 years ago
Colleen O'Brien

Employer has unique solution to opioid crisis

The CEO of an electronics company in Indiana figured he had a problem when 10-percent of the people applying for jobs at his factory failed the drug test. A handful of his current employees had failed drug tests, too.
3 years ago
Colleen O'Brien

Volunteers drive dog 1,800 miles for loving reunion

An Arizona family thought their beloved dog was gone forever. But he was found 1,800 miles way in Pennsylvania.
3 years ago
Colleen O'Brien

Child trades video game cash for charity

If a kid finds her or himself with a wad of cash from chores or through an allowance most can't wait to spend it on a new toy or video game.
3 years ago
Colleen O'Brien

Picture of determination rewarded with new car

If it wasn't for a bus driver paying attention to his riders, Corey Patrick might not be in the headlines today.
3 years ago
Colleen O'Brien

Donut shop owner responds to theft with kindness

When donut shop owner Galen Schmidt spotted on his surveillance system a woman stealing from his tip jar he didn't call police. He chose kindness instead.
3 years ago
Colleen O'Brien

Birthday boy decides to give big to animal shelter

Jack Beason, 9, decided giving would be better than receiving and asked for donations of food or toys for his local shelter in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
4 years ago
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Colleen O'Brien

Truckers become heroes on Michigan highway

This was a tough call to share this one today because it's not a topic you'd typically associate with a "dose of kindness."
4 years ago
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Colleen O'Brien

The saving grace of a stranger on a plane

Todd Walker became the seat-mate of a toddler who was having a rough go of her day, but he was able to show grace in this situation.
4 years ago
Colleen O'Brien

Home Depot volunteers help homeless veteran

A group of 60 volunteers fixed up a homeless Air Force veteran's home after his mother and daughter passed away.
4 years ago
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Colleen O'Brien

Snoqualmie officers help victims of I-90 car crash with GoFundMe

I think this story is certainly worth our attention because it's about two Snoqualmie Police Officers going above and beyond.
4 years ago
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Colleen O'Brien

Bus driver pulls ‘mom duty’ for young girl

This story is about 11-year-old Isabella in Salt Lake City, Utah. She gets ready for school on her own every morning because her dad works early mornings and, well, her mom passed away.
4 years ago
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Colleen O'Brien

The recipe for a happy life, according to Yale

The pursuit of happiness draws nearly 1,200 students twice a week to Yale's most popular course: Psychology and the Good Life.
4 years ago
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Colleen O'Brien

The story behind Seth’s viral video

I love learning the stories behind viral videos. The most recent to go viral is of a boy named Seth, who uses a wheelchair, enjoying his first ride on a swing.
4 years ago
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Colleen O'Brien

Man shares his 17,000 vinyl records

Bob Knutson has one of the most impressive vinyl collections anywhere. He inherited his first 2,000 records when a neighbor died and today he estimates his collection includes 17,000 records.
4 years ago
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Colleen O'Brien

Chewbacca delivers heartening news to hospitalized teen

It must be the pits to spend months on end in a hospital. I can't imagine how hard it would be for a child to do that.
4 years ago