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SEATTLE - In a Northwest Newsmakers special, KING 5's Jean Enersen brings you an up-close look at well-known Northwest people who, in some ways, have the ability to change the country.

This is fifth edition of Jean's Northwest Newsmakers.The theme of this show is people at the top of their game.

One guest of the show who is literally at the top of his game, is high altitude climber Ed Viesturs. He s has climbed all 14 of the world s highest peaks. Ed was the first American to accomplish this challenge.

About the danger of climbing, Viesturs says, I don't seek the death. I don't seek the risk. I know it can happen but i just don't even think about it.

Jean also profiles the new head of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Larry Corey,and local attorney Bill Marler, who is one of the top attorneys representing food poisoning cases. Marler made his name representing victims of the e coli outbreak at Jack in the Box in the early 90s.

Geoffrey Canada, the director of Harlem Children s Zone, tells Jean that our schools need more innovation. Now a local organization is trying to apply Canada s ideas here in Seattle, emphasizing getting kids ready for college from the time they enter school.

Finally, Jean profiles local dress designer Luly Yang, who talks about her one-of-a-kind designs and why Seattle is not really a fashion backwater.

If you miss the show, it will be replayed Saturday morning, Dec. 11, at 7 a.m.

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