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 Debora Juarez
Council Conversations with Debora Juarez

Now in her second year on the Seattle City Council representing North Seattle's District 5, Debora Juarez discusses her path to politics, growing up in Indian country fighting for justice and overcoming personal odds. Part Latina and part Native American, Juarez is a member of the Blackfeet Nation. Before being elected as the City Council's first Native American member, Juarez worked as a public defender, King County Superior Court judge and as executive director of Governor's Office of Indian Affairs. She has juggled single motherhood and a career with multiple sclerosis, and survived cancer three times. She talks with host Josephine Cheng about her approach to public office and priorities for her North Seattle district, where she has lived for more than 30 years.