Editor’s Eye

October 3, 2018

Editor’s Eye: Moonshot

More than 8,000 first year and transfer students starting at the University this fall. How in the world will they decide what to do?

June 6, 2018

The story of Thomas Peter Lantos

Lantos, the first and only Holocaust survivor ever elected to Congress, was perhaps the unlikeliest UW graduate of them all.

March 7, 2018

A Rather uplifting experience

Our editor reflects on meeting one of his journalism heroes, Dan Rather, during the legendary newsman's visit to the UW.

December 14, 2017

Jon Marmor, Columns Magazine

Farewell to the Boeing 747

The Boeing 747, once the Queen of the Skies, is a winged monument to the University of Washington.

September 14, 2017

Jon Marmor, Columns Magazine

A love affair with libraries

Last year, the UW Libraries were visited 6 million times in person.

June 7, 2017

Jon Marmor, Columns Magazine

Zigzagging to the stage

For nontraditional students, commencement comes with a feisty pride.

September 1, 2016


In a world gone mad with terrorist attacks, mass shootings, racial profiling, police assassinations and baffling presidential election rhetoric, thank goodness there’s an oasis of sanity in the University District that will renew your faith in humankind. At least it does for me.

June 1, 2016

Editor's Eye: Quandary

When quitting school was the easiest path, it wasn't the right one.

March 1, 2016

Jon Marmor, Columns Magazine

Editot's Eye: Grateful

Each name on the UW's World War II memorial tells a story of sacrifice.

December 1, 2015

Editor's Eye: Montlake memories

The parking lot known as E-1 holds a lot of memories in its pavement.

September 1, 2015

A new U-District

This is not a fuddy-duddy column about how great the old days were in the U District. It’s just that with every passing week, the area becomes a bit more unrecognizable.

June 1, 2015

Editor's Eye: Aha

The best teachers get under our skin, in a good way. They get us up in the morning when we would rather linger in bed after a late night because who would want to miss that infectious enthusiasm? Our favorite teachers make us think and grow and smile. And they push us.

March 1, 2015

Editor's Eye: Jim

I first met Jim Long five years ago after he'd celebrated his birthday—his 100th. He wanted to touch base with the person who holds the same job he once held. Ever since that day, Jim became a mentor to me.

December 1, 2014

125 years together

November saw two major milestones—the 125th anniversary of Washington’s statehood for Washington (with a celebration in Olympia run by one of our alums, Gov. Jay Inslee, ’73), as well as the 125th birthday for the UW Alumni Association. Coincidence?

September 1, 2014

Editor's Eye: Quake

A lot of Husky fans feel something new is in the air, something we haven’t really felt in a long time: hope.

June 1, 2014

Editor's Eye: Commencing

You have to be bold to be an innovator. You have to have confidence. You have to take a chance. And who better to face that head-on than the thousands of students who will be marching into Husky Stadium on June 14 for Commencement.

March 1, 2014

Editor's Eye: Conviction

One hundred twenty-five years ago, the stuff of history books and museum displays happened: Washington was admitted to the union as the 42nd state and the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 destroyed most of downtown. That was also the year the UW Alumni Association was formed.

December 1, 2013

Editor's Eye: Reimagining

It should come as no surprise that a 2009 CHID graduate makes up half of one of the hottest names in hip-hop music today: the local tandem of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

September 1, 2013


In a few short days, we get to come home to our spiffed up Husky Stadium, and boy, will that feel amazing.

June 1, 2013

Positive power

For me, positive thinking happens more in June than just about any other time of year. That’s because we get to honor our new graduates and recognize those people who make the UW what it is today: a shining star of a public university that serves our citizens in so many ways it’s hard to count.

March 1, 2013

Everyday Huskies

What amazes me is how many times a day my life is made better by what I call Everyday Huskies.

December 1, 2012

Family matters

It’s holiday time, and that always brings back memories.

September 1, 2012

Making change

By educating our state's citizens, searching for solutions to overcome the vexing problems of our time, and creating art and culture that uplifts and challenges us, the University of Washington serves us in many ways.

December 1, 2011

Purple, gold and green

In August, the Sierra Club named the UW as the nation’s most environmentally friendly university in its ranking of the nation’s “Cool Schools.”

March 1, 2011

Husky pride

One of the most disappointing aspects of the terrible state budget cuts isn’t just that the University of Washington will take a big hit. It’s how easily the state Legislature aimed its budget-cutting ax at the University.

September 1, 2010

Learning without end

When you hear questions posed by people outside our campus about the UW, you realize just what an impact this institution has. It fuels the economy, helps us get jobs, provides health care.

June 1, 2010

UW endures

The President is leaving, the state government doled out yet another discouraging budget cut, and there’s a bit of uncertainty in the air at the University of Washington. But the truth is, that’s only part of the story.

March 1, 2010

Ingenuity reigns

The UW I find myself returning to is innovative, entrepreneurial, alive. I am lucky to be here, helping tell its stories.

December 1, 2009

Editor's Eye: Everyday heroes

Devotion to making this world a better place seems to be in the DNA of alumni, staff and faculty at the UW.

September 1, 2009

Words touch our hearts

One of the things I particularly admire about a place as big and complex as the University of Washington is how it can touch us on an intimate manner: through the written word.

June 1, 2009

Genius abounds

Working at the UW, particularly, it's easy to forget how much of the day one spends surrounded by geniuses.

March 1, 2009

Just call her a scholar

Ellen Dissanayake is working in a field she invented: evolutionary aesthetics, the study of art-making as an innate human behavior that helps us survive.

December 1, 2008

Bold moves

A pair of stories are a humbling reminder of just how much people will sacrifice for freedom, whether from an oppressive government or an intolerant culture.

September 1, 2008

Ramona's world and ours

Small wonder we use the same word to describe generosity that we use to describe Beverly Cleary’s imagination: It’s a gift.

March 1, 2008

Part of the story

Luis Sinco doesn’t hold back, whether it’s getting the best picture possible in the middle of a war zone or telling the story of how post-traumatic stress disorder has crushed the life of a 23-year-old former Marine.

September 1, 2007

$1 billion for research

Word came in August that the University of Washington finally had hit an elusive target—last fiscal year, more than one billion dollars in research funding poured into the University.

June 1, 2007

Call and response

While the University of Washington is a leader in researching this and other aspects of carbon emissions, it is doing more than just studying this problem.

December 1, 2005

Detective story

The assignment was straightforward, but it felt like mission impossible: Find out what happened to more than 400 students forced to leave the University of Washington when the federal government incarcerated Japanese Americans in 1942.

September 1, 2005

Trophies pile up

We call our awards section “Milestones,” but there is always a problem with that page, even though readers don’t know it. There isn’t enough room to list all the awards—or even to give many details on the achievements listed.

June 1, 2005

Magic carpet

When Meany Hall opened its doors in 1996, there was plenty of drama in the lobby as well as on stage. The carpet was extraordinarily beautiful.

March 1, 2005

Making waves

On Dec. 21, UW Bioengineering Professor Henry Lai could be found with a big smile across his face. Research into cell phone radiation that he and N.P. Singh had pioneered 10 years ago at the UW was finally being corroborated.

June 1, 2004

High gear

Three decades after he said good-bye to his Sprite, Mark Emmert will be taking the wheel of a huge educational enterprise that has hit some potholes recently in its sports program and academic medical center.

March 1, 2004

One student at a time

With luck and perseverance, I was able to interview 11 of the living UW Rhodes Scholars.