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Simone Del Rosario is an award-winning journalist who has traveled the world covering breaking news and uncovering untold stories. From the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels to reporting inside the cells of Guantanamo Bay’s detention facilities, she understands the responsibility that comes with being entrusted with other people’s stories.

Simone comes to Seattle from Washington, D.C., where she was a national and international correspondent. She brings her worldly views to Q13 News, tackling tough issues around the Northwest as a correspondent.

Simone received her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago, studying broadcast and business reporting. She has bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish from New Mexico State University, where she was an athlete on the nationally-ranked rodeo team. During college, Simone also studied abroad in Costa Rica and Barcelona, Spain.

Recent Articles
  • Trump speeds up environmental review of Columbia River system and its effects on salmon

    SEATTLE — President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the government to speed up environmental reviews and streamline regulations that he says are hindering work on major water projects in the Western United States. The signed memorandum affects the timeline of a court-mandated review of the environmental impacts of the Federal Columbia River Power System. The Columbia and Snake rivers are home to 13 species of fish listed under the Endangered Species Act. A federal judge initially ordered three agencies to complete […]

  • Snake River dams drive wedge between farmers and orca champions

    Despite many improvements, the four dams along the lower Snake River in Eastern Washington still threaten the survival of endangered salmon that the critically endangered orcas eat.

  • Lower Snake River dams at center of debate to save endangered orcas 300 miles away

    Without enough chinook salmon to sustain them, southern resident killer whales are starving in the Salish Sea. Some believe the answer lies 300 miles away. "Free the Snake" is their rallying cry.

  • 500,000 sign petition to breach Snake River dams in effort to save orcas

    More than 500,000 people have signed a petition to breach the Lower Snake River dams in an effort to boost wild salmon recovery, putting pressure on state leaders to consider the controversial move.

  • 3 orcas dead, 1 starving: Task force’s job increasingly ‘urgent’

    Click here to comment on the task force’s proposals. SEATTLE — Less than one day after the governor’s southern resident killer whale task force publicly released its draft report, more bad news came from the critically-endangered species. NOAA Fisheries recognized the declining health of K25, a 27-year-old orca male who lost his mother last year. Female southern residents typically share prey with their male offspring to help them meet the energy requirements of their larger bodies. Without his mother’s help, […]

  • Multiple southern resident orcas are pregnant but another is ailing, researchers say

    Another orca is sick and several others are pregnant in the critically endangered family of southern resident killer whales in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Whale watching boats still disturbing endangered killer whales despite efforts

    FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — Southern resident orca numbers are the lowest they’ve been in more than three decades. But you’d never know it by the bustling port of Friday Harbor on a bright September day. Bold white letters on red signs say it everywhere: Whale Watching. Tours depart multiple times daily, taking literal boatloads of tourists from places like New Jersey and Texas out to see the majestic plumes of humpbacks and orcas. It’s not just Friday Harbor. The whale […]

  • Governor’s task force releases draft plan to save southern resident orcas

    Click here to comment on the proposals. SEATTLE —Draft recommendations from the governor’s southern resident killer whale task force were released Monday, shedding light on a plan to help save the endangered orcas. The draft is filled with actionable items meant to address issues the orcas face, like prey availability, toxic contaminates and vessel traffic. The 45-member task force will have time to suggest changes before the final report is due to Gov. Jay Inslee’s office on Nov. 16. From […]

  • Potential recommendations from orca task force include mandatory slow speed zones and killing sea lions

    Q13 News has obtained documents containing potential recommendations that could come out of the Governor Jay Inslee's task force to save southern resident orcas, but some task force members are already saying they don't go far enough.

  • With teens in gangs, it takes schools, community to intervene early

    BURIEN, Wash. — This week’s tragic drive-by shooting that killed an innocent woman at her office is bringing attention to the number of teenagers involved in gangs. In South King County, schools are left trying to figure out how to intervene before it’s too late. At Highline High School, students told Q13 News they know some of their own classmates are involved in gangs and other risky behaviors. One junior, Miguel Estevez, said he was also headed down the wrong […]