Liz Brazile is the Interim Online Managing Editor at KUOW Public Radio, Seattle’s largest NPR member station. She currently serves as the president of the Seattle Association of Black Journalists. Liz is passionate about helping the journalism industry become more equitable both in the newsroom and in coverage.
At KUOW, Liz oversees the station’s online news coverage, and writes and edits stories for kuow.org. She joined the KUOW newsroom in January 2020 as an online editor/producer. Since then, she has helped expand the station’s digital coverage.
While at Crosscut, Liz significantly expanded the outlet’s coverage of education issues in Seattle and Washington state, covering various topics at the intersection of equity and K-12 public education. She wrote in-depth stories examining the impact of a historic state funding overhaul, a five-year, racial justice-focused plan for Seattle Public Schools, and Washington state’s failure to track and regulate school-based arrests.
Liz also previously reported on social solutions for YES! Magazine, researching and explaining responses to core problems at the intersections of racial, economic, health, and environmental justice.
As a contributor for Rewire.News, Liz wrote an investigation into Cincinnati Public Schools’ mishandling of students with disabilities. She was recognized for this reporting in the categories of Best Investigative Reporting and Best Education Story for the 2019 Ohio SPJ and Cincinnati SPJ award contests, respectively. Following Liz’s investigation, Cincinnati Public Schools launched an effort to recruit several dozen special education teachers and support staff to address a districtwide shortage.
In 2017, Liz covered the second murder trial of Ray Tensing, a former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed a Black motorist during a traffic stop, for The Cincinnati Herald. Her coverage of the case won an award from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists in the category of Best Criminal Justice Reporting.
Liz’s work has also appeared in USA Today and she spent a year working in television at WLWT-TV as a production assistant.