Inslee ending presidential bid, will seek 3rd term as governor

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
  • Local elementary school beats the odds, earns national recognition

    AUBURN, Wash. — Across the country, statistics show that students from high-poverty, high-minority schools are less likely to succeed in the classroom and in life. A school in Auburn is bucking that trend. At Gildo Rey Elementary School, each day starts with a handshake. “I can get a quick sense on how their day is starting, I can see if the students are tired, I can see if they’re sad, I can see if they’re happy,” Principal Lenny Holloman said. […]

  • Forged by fire: Twisp River Fire survivor to summit Mount Rainier

    ORTING, Wash. — Four years after the Twisp River fire nearly took his life, the sole survivor from his fire engine is living for the firefighter brothers he lost, reaching new heights along the way. Tragedy struck on August 19, 2015, when Engine 642 crashed down a ravine while the men inside tried to escape the fire, which had abruptly switched directions, blocking their escape route with bright flames. “It was either die right there or or die trying to […]

  • New lawsuit seeks protection zone for southern resident orcas

    SEATTLE (AP) — A new U.S. lawsuit filed Monday seeks to establish a whale protection zone for endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest. The Center for Biological Diversity and the Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance sued NOAA Fisheries in U.S. District Court in Seattle, saying the agency has failed to act on a petition it filed in 2016. The petition sought to bar vessels from a 10- to 12-square-mile (26- to 31-square-kilometer) area west of San Juan Island where the orcas, […]

  • Endangered resident orcas return to inland waters after long absence

    SAN JUAN ISLAND, Wash. — A sight for sore eyes, the southern resident orcas appeared through the fog Thursday morning on the west side of San Juan Island. It’s been 40 days since the endangered orcas were last seen in inland waters. Thursday marks just the third day all summer they’ve made an appearance in their ancestral home. The Whale Museum’s Soundwatch research vessel captured majestic images of the orcas in the fog. Researchers knew that J pod was in […]

  • Both orca babies alive, all 3 southern resident pods spotted

    SEATTLE (AP) — Researchers have documented that both babies in the southern resident killer whale pods are still alive. The Seattle Times reports researchers with the Center for Whale Research, which tracks the southern resident population, photographed both babies Sunday, alive and seemingly well. That was welcome news in a population of endangered orcas that dropped to just 73 this month, with three adults missing and presumed dead. The southern resident population is the lowest since the end of the live capture […]

  • Snake River dam spills up to 300 gallons of oil into river

    LOWER MONUMENTAL DAM, Wash. — Up to 300 gallons of oil may have spilled into the Snake River from a leaking, power-generating turbine at Lower Monumental Dam. On Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told Q13 News that, “any oil spilled into the river is too much.” Lower Monumental Dam is about 40 miles northeast of Tri Cities. It is one of four dams on the lower Snake River that has been targeted by salmon and orca advocates who […]

  • 3 southern resident orcas presumed dead, Center for Whale Research says

    Three more of the critically endangered Southern Resident Orcas have been declared dead by the Center for Whale Research. 

  • Seattle city shakeup? Here’s what’s on Tuesday’s primary ballot

    SEATTLE — A lot of eyes are on Seattle City Council for Tuesday’s primary election as voters get the first chance in a tumultuous two years to tell the council what they think about the direction of the city. It’s not the only race on Tuesday’s ballot but it’s one of the most high profile, following citywide fights like the head-tax debacle, where District 3 councilwoman Kshama Sawant led an ultimately-unsuccessful charge to tax the area’s largest employers. Sawant is […]

  • 17,000 Washington students could lose free meals over food stamp changes

    SEATTLE — More than 3 million Americans are at risk of losing food stamps under a Trump administration proposal. The rule change would limit who is eligible for assistance and the ripple effects will trickle all the way down to Washington schools. Some say Washington families are at a higher risk of being impacted by proposed changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – or SNAP – eligibility. That’s because the costs of living and childcare are more expensive than the […]

  • Study: In breaching Snake River dams, benefits outweigh costs

    SEATTLE — A new study is further dividing Washington state after concluding the benefits of breaching four dams on the lower Snake River outweigh the costs, both physically and to communities. The future of the four dams in Central and Eastern Washington has been a hot topic for years and has only escalated as endangered southern resident orcas continue to struggle. People informed on the issue typically fall into two camps: Those who want to breach the dams to save […]

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