Steve Jackson

News Assignment Editor;All Things Considered host

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999.  His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR.   Steve has done various on air shifts at the station, including nearly 15 years as the local Morning Edition host. Currently, he is the voice of local weather and news during All Things Considerd, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC.    Aside from SPR, Steve ,who lives in the country, enjoys gardening, chickens, playing and listening to music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.  

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City of Spokane/Ben Stuckart

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, Steve Jackson has the third in a series of interviews with Spokane mayoral candidates. He’ll talk with city council president Ben Stuckart.

Jonathan Bingle

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, my colleague Steve Jackson begins a round of interviews with Spokane mayoral candidates. The next three programs will feature people running for the city’s highest office. Today, Jonathan Bingle.

Photo by Steve Jackson

The name John Morton may mean little to you, but this race car driver is one of the reasons why Japanese cars finally made inroads into the American market. Morton was in Spokane this past weekend as the guest of honor at the Festival of Speed event.

Spokane Transit

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for the Spokane Community College Transit Center.

Transit officials say the center will allow for better connection to Spokane, Spokane Valley and Millwood.

CEO Susan Meyer says the center will be a real benefit for SCC students.

Washington State office of the Insurance Commissioner

The Washington Insurance Commissioner’s office has announced the new rates sought by insurance companies offering health insurance plans in the state for the next year, and this time around the increases are notable for how low they are.

Thirteen insurers have filed to sell in the state in 2020, and the rate increases this time around are under 1%.

Steve Jackson photo

Groundbreaking was held Tuesday on the Geiger Boulevard infrastructure improvement project west of Spokane.

The improvements will allow more traffic and heavier trucks on the roadway. Local officials hope the work will attract new businesses to the area; a prime example, the massive 2.6 million square foot Amazon Distribution Center being constructed there.

Tom Florino, Amazon's senior manager for economic development, says the improvements will help his business and pave the way for more companies in the area.

Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency held a celebration of its 50th anniversary Thursday at a ceremony in Riverfront Park. Several dignitaries spoke about the accomplishments of the agency, and there was ceremonial tree planting.

“I would like everyone to join me, just take one deep breath," said county commissioner Al French. "You know if you did that 50 years ago, you’d be choking, hacking, and your eyes would be tearing up right now.”

French opened the ceremony by citing some of the agency’s accomplishments.

A new report highlights the issues women and children face in Spokane County.

The numbers tell a story that organizers hope will spur solutions from area organizations and agencies.

The study was put together by a group called Women Helping Women, a local organization that has developed a philanthropic fund to improve the lives of women and children in Spokane County.

Center For Justice

Spokane city officials say special tanks designed to prevent sewer overflow into the Spokane River did their job during Thursday’s massive rain event.

Combined Sewer Overflow tanks, CSOs for short, are designed to prevent sewage from entering the Spokane River at overflow points during big rain storms or snowmelt.

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Residents of the rural Glenrose neighborhood, south of Spokane, are concerned about plans to build a sports complex there.

The Spokane Youth Sports Association has plans to construct a 20-acre sports complex in the neighborhood, but the neighbors fear it will bring complications to the area.