November 30, 2018

Keeping it fresh

The FreshJess founder developed her voice and built a following for her blog, which is going strong after 10 years.

October 26, 2018

A life in service

For her legacy of service that continues to this day in a volunteer capacity, the University of Washington presented Patti Taylor the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award.

August 30, 2018

Basketball Jones

From Compton to MontIake to Rome, Bobby Jones is Iiving the dream.

‘Yes, I am a boy’

Nonconformist and social media star Kevin Ninh shares his story of self-discovery.

August 6, 2018

Shooting for the stars

For 40 years, a group of Seattle-area women has helped UW students strive to be the best in science and engineering.

June 22, 2018

The Innovation File: A study in persistence

Dennis Edmondson, ’80, ’13, invented the studs inside the Nanoengineering & Sciences Building.

June 20, 2018

Top of the game

Not many financial advisors make it onto the Forbe’s list of America’s Top Wealth Advisors. But Foster School of Business and UW Law School graduate Stephen Hollomon did.

June 6, 2018

The (tiny) Dawg House

This spring, 20 dawgs teamed up to build a UW-themed tiny house to shelter the homeless.

June 4, 2018

Running man

Junior Coffey went from the NFL to training racehorses. He's been one of the most successful trainers at Emerald Downs.

Give Me 5: Shannon Drayer

A trumpet player in the Husky Marching Band during the late ’80s, she gave acting a try before becoming a sports radio journalist for ESPN 710.

June 2, 2018

Character: Anne-Lise Nilsen

Anne-Lise Nilsen has known the next Husky mascot since he was 9 days old.

May 24, 2018

Meet the artist: Miha Sarani

The painter behind our June 2018 cover is a UW master's student.

April 6, 2018

The year everything changed

Robert Merry, '68, reflects on his graduating class.

April 5, 2018

Jamming through Japan

Jazz drummer Adam "Von" Baron, '97, is headed to Japan to tour his latest albums.

March 14, 2018

Our man in Turkmenistan

We talk with Ambassador Allan P. Mustard, ’78, America's top diplomat in Turkmenistan.

March 13, 2018

92 years of purple and gold

Pat Miller Evans, ’51, came from a family with strong Seattle and UW roots.

New point of view

Lisa Zurk, ’95, will be the first woman to lead the Applied Physics Laboratory.

March 6, 2018

Cyber safe

Stefan Savage, ’02, earned a MacArthur "genius" grant for his work on cyber security.

March 3, 2018

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Perfectly Claire

Best-selling feminist author Claire Dederer, ’93, on growing up grunge, creating a literary canon for the Northwest, and bad men who create great art.

Family of philanthropy

The Seeley family follows its passion for science by giving to the UW.

OMA&D at 50: The people behind the movement

Student activism in 1968 led the UW to create one of the nation’s first office of minority affairs. Here’s their story. And their outlook for the future.

February 26, 2018

Nurturing higher education

Under the leadership of David Mitchell, Bremerton's Olympic College grew into one of America's best two-year institutions.

February 14, 2018

A story in every bottle

Jackson Rohrbaugh, ’09, is the newly minted master sommelier at Canlis, one of Seattle's premier fine-dining spots.

January 11, 2018

Woman in blue

After 30 years with the Seattle Police Department, Noreen Skagen, ’52, became the first woman U.S. Marshal of Western Washington.

January 9, 2018

The lunch guy

Fueled by an appetite for social justice, Jeffrey Lew, ’06, set out to end the stigma of school lunch debt.

December 15, 2017

Community conscience

Life lessons from newspaper publisher Assunta Ng, ’74, ’76, ’79.

December 14, 2017

No more number 16

The best volleyball player in UW history, Krista Vansant, '15, had her jersey retired.

December 7, 2017

A bike with a boost

A UW-trained engineer quit his job to shake up the burgeoning world of electric bikes.

New Northwest

The first Northwest history textbook written since 1989 isn't a boring list of facts—it's a compilation of riveting, high-stakes stories.

November 30, 2017

Thinking positive

An undiagnosed traumatic brain injury rocked her life. By thinking positive, Shanda Taylor Boyd, '94, took back control.

September 27, 2017

Family fare

Screenwriter Temple Mathews teams up with his daughter to produce a romantic comedy for all ages.

September 20, 2017

Five generations of Huskies

A 1962 grad reflects on her family's history at the UW.

September 13, 2017

Humanities anyone?

Society’s focus on STEM careers has contributed to a precipitous drop in liberal arts majors. It could be a problem.

September 12, 2017

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Give Me 5: Staying on the track

Five questions with Anita Campbell, the former Husky running star who came back to UW to coach.

City of Asylum

Brian Kaminski and Cindy Nichols are helping persecuted artists in Pittsburgh.

Scions of Spokane

Ted and Jeremy McGregor operate one of the best alternative weekly papers in the nation.

September 7, 2017

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“We’re in the ideal spot for owls,” says Paul Bannick, a wildlife photographer who climbs trees and hikes tundra to capture images of the nocturnal predator.

August 31, 2017

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A lifetime of fight

Trish Bostrom talks tennis and gender equality.

August 18, 2017

Audobon honors

Heather Roskelley, ’83, made a magical image of a notoriously elusive bird.

Bill Hardwick (1944–2017)

The ’67 grad "put his heart and soul" into carrying on his family's legacy in the U District.

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'We came here to contribute'

As an undocumented immigrant, he dreaded going to the dentist. Now he goes the extra mile to put his patients at ease.

July 26, 2017

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Romance under wraps

Theodore R. Anderson Jr. (1937-2017) met his wife when they both were applying for positions at Ski Patrol.

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Swedish secrets

By eavesdropping on her parents, Pearl Engebord Catlin learned a new language.

June 15, 2017

A champion for higher ed

Rep. Helen Sommers protected funding and expanded opportunities.

June 14, 2017

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Poultry music

Singer Sarah St. Albin started out singing to her chickens.

Fly gal

She left the UW to fly B-29 bombers, but she wasn't considered a veteran after WWII ended.

June 13, 2017

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A conscious connection

Denise Attwood, '88, helped raise $130,000 for relief efforts after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

June 7, 2017

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A youthful voice

At 26, State Rep. Melanie Stambaugh is the youngest member of the Washington Legislature.

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Flowers of power

Laura Dowling, ’81, ’91, served as the Chief Floral Designer in the Obama White House.

June 1, 2017

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Finals week

Rick Welts, president of the Golden State Warriors, returns to the NBA's biggest stage.

May 30, 2017

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Plum gets picked first

Kelsey Plum, '17, is the first UW player to be picked first in a professional basketball draft.

May 29, 2017

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Man of the city

In his five decades of public service, Norman Rice has helped build a community we are all proud of.

May 24, 2017

Making an impact

Eddie Pasatiempo received this year's Distinguished Service Award.

May 10, 2017

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A life of Joy

Joy Plein received this year's UW-UWRA Distinguished Retiree
Excellence in Community Service Award.

May 6, 2017


Talking Trump

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, '89, returned to campus.

May 1, 2017

Golden Grad

It's almost like Gary Ausman, ’63, ’74, has never left campus. Because he hasn't.

March 24, 2017

Super citizens

Bruce and Joannne Harrell honored with Charles Odegaard Award.

February 28, 2017

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Branching out

Jill Bourne, an iSchool alum, was named 2017 Librarian of the Year.

Young alum takes on role of parent after mother passes away

Overnight, 25-year-old Jenya Dokukina, '14, became the parent of her 11-year-old sister.


Interrupting privilege

Students and alumni come together for 10-week workshop about race relations.

Higher education in Haiti

Jean-Elie Gilles, ‘98, ‘02, built a new university in Haiti.

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Libretti librarian

Emily Bolton Cabaniss, ’14, is the librarian for the Seattle Opera, one of only three opera companies in the entire U.S. to have their own librarian.

A one-inch autograph

A high school essay by Bruce Lee is one of the earliest examples of his handwriting.

December 15, 2016

Man of honor

Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, ’80, receives the 2016 UW Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award.

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Mayor Marilyn

Tacoma native Marilyn Strickland, '84, wants to be her city's most vocal advocate for education.

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The weatherman

Steve Pool, ’77, celebrates 40 years on the air at KOMO-TV.

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Food fighter

Bainbridge Island author Kathleen Alcalá, ’85, cooks up a guide to food activism.

September 1, 2016

Cultivating peace

Christopher Brown, ’16, a Marine combat veteran, works alongside men and women veterans from all military branches. With them in mind, he co-founded Growing Veterans, a nonprofit farm that grows produce for farmers markets and food banks.

June 1, 2016

A career making miracles in the classroom

“It’s been a dream career impacting so many people’s lives.” Jill Wakefield, ‘83, retires after 40 years with Seattle Colleges.

True hued

Brock and Damon Huard both found NFL careers and success after their UW playing days, and both felt drawn to come home.

Crossing the aisle to save lives

UW faculty member Jennifer Stuber is part of a bipartisan effort to prevent suicides.

Always in her element

Whether on a mountain, in a boardroom or on a boat, Sally Jewell is leading the way.

March 1, 2016

When compassion was policy

With five children and a sixth on the way, the Nguyen family fled Vietnam. Washington Governor Dan Evans opened the door to a life the family never would have imagined.

Author preserves memory of his great-grandfather, a slave

Carver Gayton, ’60, ’72, ’76, authors a gripping biography of his great-grandfather, Lewis G. Clarke, who escaped slavery and inspired a key character in “Uncle Tom's Cabin.”

December 1, 2015

Restaurateur Renee

She wants to serve the world’s best steak. That’s why chef Renee Erickson, ’95, is now in the ranch business.

Distinguished Alumni Veteran

Grethe Cammermeyer, ’76, ’91, challenged the ban on gays in the military and, eventually, she won.

Northwest at heart

Author Langdon Cook infuses his writing with a message of caring for the environment he calls home.

September 1, 2015

Fearless humanitarian

When disaster strikes, Mercy Corps co-founder Dan O'Neill, ’72, dives in to help.

June 1, 2015

Norm Dicks, retired?

His 36-year career as a Democratic Congressman for Washington’s 6th District may have ended in 2012, but he’s still on the case protecting wildlife and fighting to bolster the economy in his native region.

Career in service

In 1961, when President John F. Kennedy famously said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,” Lloyd Hara took it to heart. It’s why he went to graduate school to study public affairs and spent the past 40 years in public service.

March 1, 2015

Second act

Ron Simons is having one hell of a second act and he’s got three Tonys, a Drama Desk Award for Best Play, a Drama League Award, and even a prize for best documentary to prove it.

December 1, 2014

Film buff

Cinema Books owner Stephanie Ogle reintroduces classics, champions new treasures and plays a starring role in celebrating film.

September 1, 2014

Spreading his wheels

Landscape architecture alumnus Steve Durrant is helping Seattle take a big step by unveiling the city’s first bike-sharing program.

June 1, 2014

A boost behind bars

When Laura Pavlou visits Gig Harbor’s Washington Corrections Center for Women, she sees hope and vitality. Behind the steel gates of the maximum-security prison, it is her mission to nurture potential.

March 1, 2014

Nurse, philanthropist and more

Ekene “Kennie” Amaefule is a former Nurse of the Year at Harborview Medical Center who has single-handedly improved health care, education, social services and access to clean water in her native village of Imo State, Nigeria.

'Silence is a coping mechanism'

Teresa Tamura captures poignant stories of hardship from a World War II relocation center in her book "Minidoka: An American Concentration Camp."

December 1, 2013


June 6, 1966 marked a memorable date in what, retrospectively, was to begin an improbable journey to the University of Washington.

Sea salt savant

Sea salt is typically made in coastal areas where the climate stays warm and dry most of the year, but Brady Ryan, ’10, doesn’t like to do things conventionally. In 2012, he started San Juan Island Sea Salt, harvesting sea salt in the Pacific Northwest using techniques he began learning at UW.

Platinum grad

For Ryan Lewis, ’09, the whirlwind of fame is only a few years removed from days ensconced in Suzzallo Library and the Parnassus cafe in the basement of the Art Building.

September 1, 2013

Info revolutionary

At the forefront of those spreading the information revolution to developing countries stands an American nonprofit called Internews. And at the head of Internews stands a friendly, straightforward Maine resident, Jeanne Bourgault, ’86, ’90.

Brewster Denny, 1924-2013

Brewster C. Denny, who died June 22 at age 88, held several key roles in the federal government before honoring the call from UW President Charles Odegaard to return home to Seattle to create an academic program in public affairs.

June 1, 2013

Moving mission

Catching up with Patrick Gallaher, ’95, founder of the School of Pharmacy’s Memorial Day weekend Border-to-Border relay race that for the past 18 years has raised money for cancer research in honor of his late father.

Bill Gates Sr.'s impact

Even at 87, the 2013 Alumnus Sigma Laude Dignatus recipient continues to serve his alma mater while leading the fight for social justice.

Fighting suicide

The multidisciplinary training Michael Phillips received at the UW made him an ideal person to pioneer research on the nature of suicide in China.

March 1, 2013

Flair for food

The blog Molly Wizenberg started for fun in the year she spent finishing her M.A. in cultural anthropology has propelled a career as an acclaimed food writer and owner of a bustling restaurant and, most recently, a cocktail bar.

Journalist and optimist

Catching up with Robert Merry, ’68, political journalist, former CEO of Congressional Quarterly and author of "Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians."

Top cop

Jim Pugel, ’81, keeps mementos from the sometimes-grueling adventures he completes each year with his former University of Washington crew teammates.

December 1, 2012

Drama king

Since he graduated from the UW in 1976, most of Ruben Van Kempen's days—and plenty of his nights—have been spent as the Director of Theatre at Roosevelt High School in Seattle. He recently earned a spot in the Educational Theatre Association’s National Hall of Fame.

Call to duty

Herb M. Bridge, ’47, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral retired, is the first recipient of the UW’s newly established Distinguished Alumni Veteran Award.

Martian man

When NASA’s Curiosity rover successfully touched down on Martian soil, it was a hair-raising experience, both literally and figuratively for Bobak Ferdowsi, ’01, NASA flight director.