Spotlight with Gary Shipe

Each week host Gary Shipe brings you the issues affecting the Northwest and the people making a difference in our community. It's compelling conversation with local leaders, and KKNW is dedicated to presenting you with issues that matter - including education, health and the environment.


Spotlight with Gary Shipe

Spotlight With Gary Shipe 03.17.2019

This week we'll hear from a local grass-roots organization that serves as an emergency response unit to the homeless among us with babies. Star Lalario is the President and founder of Babies of Homelessness and Angela Harmon is the Vice-President. Babies of Homelessness work the streets in our community seeking out babies that are homeless. Delivering diapers, formula and food can be life saving for the youngest and most fragile of the homeless. Homeless mothers are almost desperate to keep their babies hidden for fear of losing them to the system. Star and Angela tell us that Babies of Homelessness does not judge, but instead offers hope along with those diapers. Learn more online at as well as on Facebook at
00:28:46 3/17/2019

Past Episodes

This week we'll hear the inspiring words of Omari Amili. Omari is an author, community leader, and a speaker for Humanities Washington. He leads workshops and has developed curriculum to lead those being released from prison for their re-entry to society. Omari speaks with first-hand knowledge on the subject. He relates his own story of a troubled childhood, dropping out of school, running street scams and eventually getting 30 felony convictions and sent to prison. Upon his release and finding only dead end jobs in his future, he dedicated himself to higher education. Our short visit with him barely touches the surface of the talks he gives for Humanities Washington on the subject "From Crime to the Classroom: How Education Changes Lives." Learn more about Omari Amili on his website and learn more about Humanities Washington online at
00:28:56 3/10/2019
This week we speak with Rev. Rick Reynolds, the Executive Director of Operation Nightwatch. Operation Nightwatch has been supporting the homeless in Seattle and King County for over 50 years. With three primary programs; Food & Shelter, Housing, and Street Ministry, they have touched individuals on the edge and have been able to change lives one at a time. Every night they open up their dispatch center and feed over 100 people and then find them shelter around town. This is staffed primarily by volunteer groups. In addressing the big picture of homelessness and poverty, Rick tells us that if we just acknowledge the humanity in another person, we can figure out the rest of it. To learn more or to volunteer at Operation Nightwatch go online: or email
00:28:38 3/3/2019
This being American Heart Month, we take the opportunity to speak with a cardiologist. Dr. Ameet Parikh is a cardiologist with Pacific Medical Centers and discusses the number one killer among adults in the country: Heart Disease. Different strategies can be employed to prevent heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives. Knowing your numbers and family history is just the start. Find healthy heart resources online at or
00:29:21 2/25/2019
This week we speak with Chrys Bertolotto, the Natural Resources Manager of the WSU Snohomish County Extension. Washington State University runs extension programs in nearly every county in the state, and Snohomish County has a Natural Resources program called Beach Watchers. Beach Watchers is made up of fully trained volunteers who are dedicated to the protection of the Salish Sea waters, particularly Puget Sound, through education, research, and stewardship programs. Chrys tells us that after formal training, each Beach Watcher gets to craft their own volunteer experience to meet their interests and schedules. It is fun and the enthusiasm is contagious. Enrollment for the 2019 program is open now through Friday, March 8th. Training begins March 15th. Learn more online, email or phone: 425-357-6020
00:28:21 2/18/2019
This week we hear from Book-It Theatre and their unique way of producing for the stage. Co-founding Artistic Director Myra Platt tells of Book-Its 30 year mission of transforming great literature into great theatre through simple and sensitive production and to inspiring its audiences to read. Literacy is a multi-dimensional enhancement to life, yet illiteracy is a fundamental obstacle for one-third of King County. In a nation where many adults read so poorly that they earn significantly below the threshold poverty level for an individual, Book-It's mission to inspire people to read becomes increasingly more important. American Junkie by Tom Hanson runs February 16 - March 10. A fast-paced ride through Seattle's grunge-era music scene, American Junkie looks at the man behind the addiction and the power heroin can have on people's lives. Learn more and buy tickets online at
00:28:17 2/12/2019
This week we speak with Sarah Slack, the founder and Executive Director of The Tears Foundation. The Tears Foundation supports grieving families both emotionally and financially after a pregnancy or infant death. Many young couples are not able to cope with a still birth or sudden infant death; then add to that the financial burden of funeral costs and you will find people who need support. Sarah shares that the origins of The Tears Foundation came from her own loss, as well as how it has spread across the country and now internationally because of people who empathize with others. Learn more online at
00:27:00 2/5/2019
This week we speak with Tracey Sorenson, the Community Engagement Manager with Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat For Humanity. With the price of housing continuing to escalate, not to mention its availability, many people are finding out that Habitat For Humanity has a real path toward home ownership. Tracey talks about not only the nuts and bolts of getting Pierce County residents into home ownership, but the rewards that come with the 'Sweat Equity' involved. Tracey also talks about the need for money to continue to expand and the need for not only volunteers, but financial donations in the name of affordable housing and in support of Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity. Learn more online at
00:25:55 1/28/2019
Our guests this week are American Heart Association Go Red for Women Ambassadors. Dr. Marina Jansen is a Cardiologist at CHI Franciscan and Miriam Barnett is a heart attack survivor with quite a story to tell. It's often thought that Heart Disease is a man's problem, but it is also a problem for women. Miriam ignored the symptoms that Dr. Jansen tells us are common among women with heart disease. Due to lack of awareness, too many women don't recognize what their body is telling them. The annual Go Red for Women campaign is the American Heart Association's way to spread the word. National Wear Red Day is Friday February 1st. Learn more online at
00:27:28 1/21/2019
This week we have an interview with Executive Director Melissa King and Program Manager Marni Kurtz from a terrific mentor program called Athletes For Kids. Athletes For Kids is unique in that it pairs up high school athletes with younger kids with special needs or disabilities. Growing throughout some of the high schools on the eastside now for 16 years, Athletes For Kids not only enhances the lives of the young "buddies", but the high school mentors as well. Always looking to expand, you can volunteer, donate, or just learn more about Athletes For Kids online at
00:27:28 1/13/2019
This week our guests are Ned Delmore, the Executive Director, and Jim McFarland, the Director of Marketing & Communications at St. Vincent de Paul Seattle/King County. With a mission to prevent homelessness and help neighbors achieve self-sufficiency, St. Vincent de Paul puts their experience to work. St. Vincent de Paul has been in Seattle for 99 years, and with deep roots like that they have learned that by going to the source of a neighbor's life and visiting them in their homes, they are able to see, hear, and understand the severity of the need and find a way to intervene to prevent an eviction. Last year St. Vincent de Paul volunteers went on over 15,000 home visits, assisting over 40,000 men, women, and children living in poverty. Learn more online at
00:28:06 1/6/2019

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