SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. — There is a crisis being felt by families across the nation; childcare has become unaffordable and inaccessible. 

According to the recent report titled "Our Girls: State of Women and Children," published by the Women Helping Women Fund, right now in Spokane County, there are not enough spots in childcare centers for kids to go to.

Multimedia journalist

Natalie joined the 4 News Now team in April of 2023 as a multimedia journalist. She comes to the Inland Northwest from Minnesota. Natalie was born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis / St. Paul but spent nine years on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth, MN! While in Duluth, she attended the University of Minnesota Duluth studying journalism and political science. While in school, Natalie interned in the newsroom at the NBC/CBS affiliate in Duluth, KBJR. After school, she was hired full-time as the 6 pm & 10 pm producer. In her almost four years at KBJR, she rose from producer to multimedia journalist, weekend anchor, and morning anchor. During her time in northern Minnesota, she had the opportunity to cover all kinds of stories! Some of her most notable included shipping season on Lake Superior, annual coverage of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon, the Greenwood Fire of 2021, Presidental campaign stops, and reporting countless updates at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Natalie is VERY excited to be here in the Inland Northwest! In her free time, Natalie loves exploring local shops and breweries, attending live music, traveling, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with her fur babies, Finn and Winnie! If you see her around town, stop and say hello!

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