16 episodes

The 2020 police killing of Manuel "Manny" Ellis, a Black man in Tacoma, brought a reckoning to Washington State and has set up what promises to be one of the highest-profile trials in Pacific Northwest history. The story is profiled in The Walk Home podcast, produced by KNKX News and The Seattle Times and winner of the 2023 Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The Walk Home KNKX Public Radio

    • News
    • 4.8 • 345 Ratings

The 2020 police killing of Manuel "Manny" Ellis, a Black man in Tacoma, brought a reckoning to Washington State and has set up what promises to be one of the highest-profile trials in Pacific Northwest history. The story is profiled in The Walk Home podcast, produced by KNKX News and The Seattle Times and winner of the 2023 Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

    Prologue: The Walk Home

    Prologue: The Walk Home

    On the night of March 3, 2020 — three months before George Floyd was murdered — Manny Ellis encountered police while walking home in Tacoma, Washington. He died on that dark street corner. Officers say it was an accident brought on by Manny himself. The story almost ended there. Introducing a new podcast, The Walk Home, produced by KNKX News and The Seattle Times.

    • 7 min
    Episode 1: Two Seconds of Audio

    Episode 1: Two Seconds of Audio

    A recording changes the trajectory of Monèt’s life.

    • 31 min
    Episode 2: Little Big Sister

    Episode 2: Little Big Sister

    In the stillness of the pandemic, Monèt hunts down crucial information.

    • 39 min
    Episode 3: Not Saying Anything

    Episode 3: Not Saying Anything

    Investigators finish their probe into Manny’s death. Then, a revelation.

    • 46 min
    Episode 4: A Blessed Child

    Episode 4: A Blessed Child

    Manny’s walk home ended at 96th and Ainsworth. It started 33 years earlier.

    • 46 min
    Episode 5: The Other Side of the Line

    Episode 5: The Other Side of the Line

    Four Tacoma police officers each had their own journeys to 96th and Ainsworth. And so did the department they worked for.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
345 Ratings

345 Ratings

Saismaat ,

Hard and necessary

Incredibly powerful story about how we failed to build a just society and how we continue to strive for justice. Well worth the time.

AllieCor ,

Amazing Journalism

This is an incredibly detailed report of not only what happened to Manny, but also the culture of police in Tacoma. I feel so much more informed and finally feel I understand what has been going on in my home.

politically curious ,

Important Storytelling and Reporting

“The Walk Home” is a shining example of the best of new media genres: a podcast that tells an important real life / death story through deep reporting. You feel the impact that Manny Ellis’ death left on his family and the community. It’s been frustrating living in Tacoma and waiting for the officers involved to be held accountable. I’m grateful that TWH is filling out the story, reminding me what matters most—and keeping it in the public eye—as we await a trial.

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