Skagit County featured in radio project

February 2, 2019

MOUNT VERNON — Tacoma-based NPR affiliate KNKX broadcast live Thursday from the Mount Vernon City Library as part of a regional reporting project called KNKX Connects.

During its regular afternoon broadcast of NPR’s All Things Considered, host Ed Ronco included local reporting with elected officials, educators, farmers and employers to give listeners a picture of what makes Skagit County unique.

“We looked at where we had signals, then we looked at communities that had stories to tell,” he said of how Skagit County was selected for the project.

“The diversity of the economy here was really surprising to me,” Ronco said.

He said many of the regions he has visited for this project are learning how to adapt their economies to deal with the loss of a primary sector.

And while Skagit County still relies on agriculture, he said there was a surprising prevalence of other industries here — primarily manufacturing and technology.

About 60 people came to watch the program live and get a behind-the-scenes look at how Ronco and his team work.

KNKX content is available in Skagit County on KPLK 88.9 out of Sedro-Woolley. The station’s stories will be broadcast again at 7 p.m. Monday.

They will also be made available at knkx.org/connects.

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