Kate Hutchens is a fill-in host for KMUW when she’s not out making lattes in her mobile coffee bus, Sunflower Espresso.
She first joined KMUW as a news intern in 2006, after studying writing and journalism at Southwestern College. After learning to report breaking news at KFDI, she landed at KMUW as operations assistant and local host of NPR’s All Things Considered. In 2009, Kate moved to Portland, Oregon, where she worked as Oregon Public Broadcasting's radio operations coordinator. Her favorite moments at OPB include giving Dr. Lonnie Smith directions to a "diner with great breakfast,” being a background extra during a Rick Steves TV taping and yarn-bombing the radio interview room with fellow knitters. She jumped at the chance to work with her friends at KMUW again as Morning Edition host, which she did until March 2017.
When Kate hosted her first shift at KSWC "The Jinx" in 2001, she was almost too afraid to open up the microphone (that’s radio jargon for turning the mic on). She quickly overcame that fear and has since reported breaking news, found her "jazz voice" and committed the Morning Edition clock to memory.