Susannah Frame, KING 5 Chief Investigative Reporter, “How Investigative Journalism Impacts the Northwest”
Susannah Frame is the Chief Investigative Reporter at KING 5. Her stories have exposed many wrongs, including cases of government waste, real estate fraud, homeland security breaches and the mismanagement of nuclear waste. Frame’s investigations have led to changes in public policy, congressional investigations, federal indictments and created new state laws.
Frame has also won many awards for her reports. Most recently, in 2014 Frame’s investigation “The Human Toll of Hanford’s Dirty Secrets” won an Edward R. Murrow Award in the documentary category, an Emmy, a National Headliners Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc. (IRE) selected the series as an award finalist. IRE awards recognize the most outstanding watchdog journalism in the country. The multi-part investigation exposed a decades-long effort by the United States government and its contractors to conceal the dangers of exposure to nuclear vapors faced by workers at the Hanford Nuclear Site in southeastern Washington. The series led to Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson taking legal action against the U.S. Department of Energy on behalf of Hanford workers for the first time in state history.
Also in 2014 Frame won an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Emmy for “Suffering from Social Services.” This series exposed a systemic lack of accountability at the state’s biggest agency – the Department of Social and Health Services. The reporting prompted action by the state legislature in the passage of “Aiden’s Act,” which calls for an immediate investigation and subsequent accountability measures when children in state care suffer extremely poor outcomes.
Before joining the investigative unit, Frame anchored the KING 5 Weekend Morning News, KING 5 News at Noon, and was a general assignment reporter. She has covered a number of high-profile stories for KING 5 News such as the Oklahoma City bombing and the O.J. Simpson trial. Prior to joining KING 5, Frame was a consumer reporter and weekend anchor for KREM-TV (CBS) in Spokane. Before that she was a documentary producer in New York City, a reporter and anchor at WFRV-TV (ABC) in Green Bay, WI, and a reporter at KNDO-TV (NBC) in Yakima. Frame began her career as a production assistant for CBS Sports. Frame holds degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Spanish from the University of Washington. She also attended the University of Guadalajara in Mexico and Hunter College in New York City.
Frame is a frequent lecturer and faculty member on journalism issues for groups such as the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington State Bar Association. She is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Investigative Reporters & Editors, Inc. and the Society of Environmental Journalists. She is a King County Master Gardener and supports several community causes, including the efforts of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PANCAN) and Roosevelt Jazz. Susannah also enjoys running, traveling, skiing, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends. She is married with two boys and a black lab, Dewey, named after her grandpa.