In the Media

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 12:02pm
The Bellingham Herald

Police have identified the three people found dead Monday afternoon in a Cordata neighborhood home as the victims of a homicide-suicide.

Lt. Danette Beckley said Tuesday the victims are Tanya Rowe, 43, her 5-year-old son Benton, and her husband and the boy’s father, Kevin Rowe, 45.

Beckley didn’t say whether a weapon was used or who was the killer. She said the public isn’t in any danger, and no suspect is being sought.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 11:05am
NW Public Radio

Shallow, active earthquake faults are being discovered all over Oregon and Washington state. Collectively, these may present a higher risk than the better known offshore Cascadia subduction zone.

There's a line on a map for an active earthquake fault running through the forested hills on the north side of the Olympic Peninsula. But unless you have expert guides, you'd never know you standing right on top of it.

A short bushwhack from the side of a logging road will bring you to a low ridge. It’s basically a linear bump on the landscape.

"Probably multiple earthquakes raised it up,” Western Washington University geologist Liz Schermer said. “It's flat up here. It's flat down there. They used to be aligned and now they're offset."

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 9:45am
The Bellingham Herald

Bellingham Police now say a composite sketch of a man initially suspected in recent lewd conduct cases around Western Washington University is “no longer valid” because he was arrested in connection with unrelated crimes.

“The sketch is no longer valid as it relates to the prolific voyeur,” said police Lt. Danette Beckley.

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 9:39am
Spokesman-Review (Spokane)

The Western Washington volleyball program is among the elite in the nation year after year. Last week the Vikings were ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II and are Great Northwest Athletic Conference champions for the eighth time.

At the heart of that success this season are four players from the Spokane area – the Buckner sisters, senior opposite Joellee and junior libero/defensive specialist Aubrey from Colville, sophomore middle blocker Joslyn Boprayfrom Lewis and Clark and sophomore outside hitter Kazlyn Roullier from Central Valley.

“The Spokane area has always been a hotbed for volleyball and it continues to grow with each passing year,” said 18th-year WWU head coach Diane Flick-Williams.

The Buckners and Bopray are starters and Roullier provides a spark off the bench.

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 10:12am
KGMI Radio

The academic success of Western Washington University student-athletes has earned national acclaim.

The Vikings were one of 32 NCAA Division II schools to earn the Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence, awarded to schools having an Academic Success Rate of 90 percent or higher in the latest NCAA Graduation Rate report released in October. Western student-athletes entering college from 2007 to 2010 had an ASR of 90 percent, the school’s best mark in the 12 years of reporting ASR data.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 10:04am
KNKX Public Radio Seattle

Visionary Bert Webber, a Canadian professor emeritus at Western Washington University, is the man who came up with the term, Salish Sea and fought for decades to get it recognized. He says back in the 80s, it was concern about crude oil from Alaska coming through the Strait of Juan De Fuca that got them thinking about the need to name and protect the whole ecosystem. 

“Vessel traffic has increased in number, especially in the last five years and will even more in the next four or five years,” Webber says. “There is major concern about the impacts of a vessel going aground or being in a collision and having to deal with a major oil spill.”

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 10:01am
Q13 Fox

The student says she was walking along High Street in between Wilson Library and Nash Hall when the attack happened. When she got to a crosswalk, she says, a man ran up behind her and groped her breasts. She elbowed him and the groper ran off.

“I don’t know how you catch them; it seems like a quick crime, not a lot of evidence left behind,” WWU instructor Brad McCoy said.

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:39am
The Bellingham Herald

In late October, he stepped out from behind a tree in Laurel Park, and masturbated while a woman walked by.

A week prior, he stood in a puffy jacket, and again masturbated on the back porch of a house on North Garden Street.

And just three days before that, he knocked on the window of a house to get the attention of a sleeping woman inside. He wore a tiger mask to conceal his identity, but wanted to make sure she saw him fondling himself.

These incidents are just three of the 20 or more cases of lewd conduct happening around Western Washington University that Bellingham Police say are connected to one white man in his 20s. Sgt. Claudia Murphy said the cases began in early August and have not stopped.

Murphy supervises the Family Crimes Unit at Bellingham Police.

“I’m not a psychologist, but I’ve been doing this for 25 years. People like this don’t just stop on their own. There are cases where behavior like this has escalated,” Murphy said. “I think like a lot of things, he’ll go until he’s caught.”

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:36am
The Daily Beast

Is it true, I ask Mike Duncan, that his 189-part podcast chronicling the history of Ancient Rome has been downloaded 56 million times?

“No, it’s more than that,” Duncan says with the erudite, cool-guy delivery that’s helped make his The History of Rome podcast a stunning success and turned Duncan into a kind of hipster Edward Gibbons. In fact, together with Duncan’s ongoing Revolutions series, which narrates the stories of the English, French, American, and Haitian revolutions, Duncan’s podcasts have been downloaded over 100 million times.

That’s a lot of downloads, and it drew the attention of a literary agent and a publisher who clearly know a platform when they see one.

This brings us to The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic, which debuts this week as number eight on The New York Times nonfiction bestseller list. Duncan’s new book chronicles the violent upheavals in the half-century before the celebrated ancients Caesar, Pompey, and Mark Antony bloodied the Mediterranean soil working out their political and personal beefs.