Elisa Jaffe is the new host of Well READ where she continues the show’s long tradition of literary conversations with some of today’s most interesting and engaging authors. Elisa is also the afternoon news anchor for KOMO Radio in Seattle, which she continues to do in addition to hosting Well READ.
For nearly 30 years as a Seattle journalist, Elisa has reported for Good Morning America, KOMO TV, KOMO radio, KVI radio, and produced and hosted Northwest Afternoon (KOMO-TV). She has interviewed a who’s who of newsmakers during her career including Presidents Obama and Carter, celebrities such as Rob Lowe and Ellen DeGeneres, icons from royalty to rock stars, and authors from true crime to novelists.
Elisa has earned an Edward R. Murrow award and multiple Emmy Awards and for her reporting, writing, and producing. Her career in Seattle includes reporting and anchoring for KOMO 4 News; serving as host and executive producer of Northwest Afternoon (1992-2007), the award-winning daily talk show; hosting the morning drive news radio program Smart Talk Mornings on 570 KVI and, currently the afternoon drive-time radio program on KOMO-AM; and doing voice-over work for STAR 101.5 Radio and charitable causes.
Elisa is very active in the Greater Seattle community and often can be seen emceeing and supporting fundraisers for a number of organizations.
Elisa is a busy mother to a wonderful college kid, and stepmom to 3 lovely young adults. Married, Elisa says she is “so lucky to have found a partner who adores me and my family.”
Aside from hosting Well READ weekly and anchoring KOMO News Radio during afternoon drive, Elisa devotes much of her spare time to non-profits including the Crisis Clinic of King County, Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus.
Mary Ann Gwinn hosts the Bookmarks segment of Well READ where she shares her recommendations for further reading with our audience. Her recommendations are also posted on the website as a list in ‘Bookmarks‘ and as a full commentary in ‘Extra/Bookmark Details.’
Mary Ann is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a lifelong book addict. In 1990 she won her a Pulitzer for her reporting on the Exxon Valdez oil spill for The Seattle Times, where she continues to work as the Book Editor. For six years she was on the board of the National Book Critics Circle, where she served as vice president of the board of directors and chaired the nonfiction prize committee.
She was born and raised in a hot and humid small town in Arkansas where there was nothing to do but read. And read she did – three books a week (maximum allowable checkout from the library) until she became a teenager, when she abandoned reading for cheerleading. Fortunately, this was only a phase – she picked up books again at 21 and has been reading ever since.
In her free time between books, Mary Ann has been a drugstore clerk, television assembler, dishwasher, camp counselor, secretary, special education teacher, college writing instructor, newspaper reporter, newspaper editor, mother of two sons and handmaiden to a succession of cats.
Mary Ann lives in Seattle with her husband and continues to offer helpful advice on what to read to her two adult sons.
Past Host: Terry Tazioli (April 2012 – April 2016)
Terry Tazioli served as host of the interview portion of Well Read from its inception by TVW in Spring 2012 until April 2016. Terry is a long-time Seattle journalist and co-author of a New York Times bestseller (“Volcano: The Eruption of Mount St. Helens,” 1980). At The Seattle Times, he served as Lifestyles Editor and then Travel Editor. In the early 80s, he was an assignment editor and producer for KING-TV in Seattle.
Terry is past president of the Alumni Board for the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, secretary to the advisory board for Italian Studies (also at the UW) and director of the Kai Leamer Fund through Gilda’s Club Seattle, a scholarship fund he started to honor his sister who died of breast cancer.