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 Kirsten Harris-Talley
Council Conversations with Kirsten Harris-Talley

Activist Kirsten Harris-Talley jumped aboard a moving train when she was appointed to temporarily fill an at-large seat on the Seattle City Council, which Tim Burgess left to become interim mayor. Before taking office, Harris-Tally rallied at City Hall against a new North Precinct police station and King County youth jail. She talks about her career in community advocacy, the shift from activist to legislator and her role in shaping the city budget, which included the narrow defeat of a business "head tax" she supported to help fight Seattle's homelessness crisis. She joins host Josephine Cheng to reflect on her short, but impactful, 51-day stint at City Hall and to consider what's next.