Council Conversations

Face to face with City Council members

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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 Kshama Sawant (2014)
Council Conversations with Kshama Sawant (2014)
How did a software engineer from India end up becoming the first socialist member of the Seattle City Council? In her first appearance on Council Conversations, Sawant, who was elected to the council by a razor-thin margin last year, discusses her path to politics, including her push to raise Seattle`s minimum wage to $15 an hour. She joins host Josephine Cheng at the "bridges to nowhere" in the Washington Park Arboretum to talk about what drives her activism and what`s next on her history-making political agenda.