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.
VANCOUVER, Wash. — While federal officials consider breaching one or more dams in Washington to increase salmon survival, state officials are considering increasing spill over the dams to help more smolts survive in the meantime. If there is too little spill at hydrodams, more young, vulnerable salmon are sent down more dangerous turbines to get past them. If there is too much spill, they can die from the pressure, with gas bubbles suffocating their gills. It’s similar to “the bends,” […]
SEATTLE — As President Donald Trump announced Friday he will declare a national emergency to fund construction of a border wall, Washington’s attorney general was already investigating whether the state had legal standing to sue against the action. Trump vowed to use his executive powers to bypass Congress, diverting billions of dollars already earmarked for federal military construction and counterdrug efforts to pay for the wall. “We will have a national emergency,” Trump said. “We will then be sued. And […]
SEATTLE — In a rare reach across the aisle, both Democrats and Republicans in Washington state are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s plan to declare a national emergency to secure funding to construct a border wall. Both U.S. Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-3rd District, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-5th District, warned against setting a “dangerous precedent” and circumventing Congress. “An emergency declaration would set a dangerous precedent,” Herrera Beutler said in a statement. “Some conservatives may cheer today, but […]
TACOMA, Wash. — As a week’s worth of snow turns to slush, the City of Tacoma is preparing for possible urban flooding by sucking up snow with sewer maintenance trucks. Crews are clearing paths for melting snow to run off into storm drains. “If we can keep it off the streets and into these drains, it’s less likely to end up in somebody’s yard or causing damage or accidents,” said Jimmy Strivens, a sewer equipment operator for the city. Overnight, […]
SEATTLE — New research into the critically-endangered southern resident orcas shows that when they deep dive to catch salmon, they often come up empty. Lack of food is one of the leading threats to their survival. The population is down to just 75 whales. NOAA researchers released a study this week that examined how orca forage underwater. Between 2010 and 2014, teams attached suction-cup, multi-sensor tags, knows as DTAGs, to several orcas. “It records depth and it records sound and […]
SEATTLE — Shelves are empty at local hardware stores as customers stormed in for supplies early Tuesday to clear the snow and ice. At Stoneway Hardware in Wallingford, customers keep asking the same question: Do you have de-icer? “We do not have de-icer, I’ll have some more on Thursday morning,” store manager Jerry Smith said over and over. Eventually, he put up a sign in the window. “The city is out,” he said. “So the phone rings off the hook […]
EVERETT, Wash. — The snowy weather took the Pacific Northwest by storm, as cities like Everett saw around seven inches of powder. The conditions were ripe for car wrecks. “It was a lot worse through here than I anticipated,” Cassie Revell said while stranded in the middle of Interstate 5. Revell was attempting to drive from Bellingham to Vancouver, Washington, to visit her sick mother. She made it to Everett before getting stuck in the snow in the middle of […]
OLYMPIA — After a year of task force meetings, it’s time to find out if the governor’s ambitious plans to save the endangered southern resident orcas will turn into state law. It’s in the hands of state lawmakers now as they introduced several bills in Olympia Wednesday. The legislation is based on several of the governor’s orca task force recommendations. Some will be a harder sell than others. House Bill 1580 and Senate Bill 5577 deal with several aspects of […]
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The group behind statewide gun control measures like I-1639 is back with what it’s calling its most robust legislative agenda to date. The Senate Law and Justice Committee heard dozens of arguments for and against four gun control bills presented to them Monday. The Seattle-based Alliance for Gun Responsibility is behind the measures. The topic is so contentious that hundreds of citizens signed up to speak to the committee. They filled up the assigned hearing room and […]