Council Conversations

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About Council Conversations

Join host Josephine Cheng to learn more about the Seattle City Council members. Find out why they got into politics, what drives their decisions and why they love the Emerald City. Tune in each month to hear more from one Council member as Cheng dives into their history as politicians in a different spot around town - a spot that means something to each lawmaker.

Host Josephine Cheng has been a Seattle television reporter, host, and producer for more than 20 years. She started at KOMO as a daily news reporter, interviewing presidents, governors, mayors and everyday folks. Then as feature reporter for KING’s Evening Magazine, she travelled the world, bringing home stories from China, Costa Rica, Europe, Mexico, and Hollywood. At KCTS/PBS, she hosted the financial show, About The Money, produced The Golden Apple Awards spotlighting outstanding teachers, and produced award-winning arts documentaries. Josephine’s work has been recognized throughout her career: she has won 14 Regional Emmys, as well as several national awards from the American Federation of Women in Television, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Asian American Journalists Association.

Council Conversations with Teresa Mosqueda
Council Conversations with Teresa Mosqueda

Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda has been fighting for family and worker's rights since she first made protest signs as a kid. That same intensity matured into a passion to help others: first, as an advocate for low-income seniors at SeaMar, then as a labor activist fighting for immigrant and refugee rights with the AFL-CIO. Now, as one of two at-large (citywide) council members, her mission at City Hall is to give a voice to the oppressed and speak up for those who feel underrepresented. Mosqueda joins host Josephine Cheng to discuss the proposed Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights, which she spearheaded to ensure domestic workers such as nannies, house cleaners and home care workers have the protections most workers already have. And she weighs in on the city's response to its homelessness crisis and why she voted against the recent City Council repeal of the controversial "head tax" on large employers to help fund housing and services for homeless people.