Carolyn Adolph

Reporter

Carolyn Adolph is the economics reporter at KUOW. She is interested in the forces that affect the fortunes of Seattle-area employers and how those employers are transforming life as we know it.

With this assignment Carolyn's career comes full circle. She began with the Reuters wire, filing business stories to international markets. She graduated to business reporting for major daily newspapers in Toronto and Montreal. She held health and higher education reporting jobs before switching to radio. Her first assigned radio reporting day was September 11, 2001, when the assignment and life changed irretrievably. At the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation she covered Ottawa's major industry: government. She remembers fun work covering English-French issues and needing to own a floor-length gown.

Carolyn joined KUOW in 2008 and built the station's source bank, the Public Insight Network.

Email cadolph@kuow.org

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Business
8:40 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

777X In Danger: Machinists Reject Boeing Contract

Boeing union workers oppose the proposed contract for machinists.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

In a vote that could ultimately move Boeing out of Washington state, Boeing's machinists rejected the company's proposed contract, with 67 percent of union members opposed.

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Labor
10:42 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Union Fury Could Prompt Boeing To Move 777X Assembly

Tom Wroblewski, district president of the Machinists union
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Standing before a crowd of Boeing machinists on Thursday night, Tom Wroblewski, president of the Boeing machinists union, tore up a copy of the proposed contract and said he would try to stop it from coming to a vote.

“I know this is a piece of crap,” Wroblewski said, according to The Seattle Times.

The machinists before him were openly hostile to the eight-year deal, which would replace their health care costs and strip down their pensions.

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Business
9:31 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Even Bing Improved: Microsoft Earnings Indicate Comeback

Microsoft's earnings were better than expected.
Credit Flickr Photo/Vernon Chan

Microsoft stock rose 6 percent after an earnings report that had analysts cheering. The Redmond, Wash.-based employer has been struggling to change as consumers move away from computers and toward mobile devices.

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Elections 2013
5:26 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Sea-Tac Workers Hope For $15 Wage: 'We Really Need Help Right Now'

The food court at Sea-Tac International Airport looks out on runway.
Credit Flickr Photo/Alan Turkus

Suwanee Pringle, a worker at a shop at Sea-Tac International Airport, lights up at the mention of Proposition 1, which would raise her wage to $15 an hour.

"I’m really going to be happy, " Pringle said. "So I can afford to pay all my bills. Now I cannot afford to eat. I eat a cup of noodles even though I work so hard."

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Mobile Technology
9:37 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Microsoft Tweaks Windows 8, Stays With Its View Of The Future

Windows 8.1, shown here on an Asus Book, attempts to bridge between the mobile and desktop experience - including bringing in a "Start" button.
Flickr Photo/Vernon Chan

Microsoft servers around the world are dishing out a new version of Windows 8. The new version brings back a start button, something users said they missed.

A lot is riding on the success of the operating system, which is the backbone of Microsoft’s transformation into a devices company. It’s Microsoft’s effort to create a single experience for all Microsoft devices, from smartphone to tablet to laptop.

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Maritime Law
1:14 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Luxury Yachts Steer Clear Of Washington State Taxes

Serene has been at Pier 90 in Seattle since August 18.
Flickr Photo/Drewski2112

A 440-foot superyacht named Serene is approaching a deadline date with Washington’s tax authorities.

If it cruises through that deadline by staying longer than 60 days, its owners will have to pay 10 percent of the yacht’s value, which is $30 million. 

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Partial Government Shutdown
10:08 am
Tue October 8, 2013

State Workers Who Help Jobless Laid Off During Shutdown

The partial government shutdown is having consequences beyond Washington, D.C.
Flickr Photo/Marina Noordegraaf

The mood was somber at Employment Security Department offices across the state on Tuesday, as hundreds of workers found themselves in the position of those they usually help: Out of work.

Although employees of the state, 900 workers have been furloughed or lost hours because their pay comes from federal government sources. They will remain without pay until the impasse in Washington, D.C., ends.

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Competition For Aerospace
6:13 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

More Than $1B In Tax Breaks For Boeing? Inslee Says It's Worth It

Boeing plane assembly line in Everett, Washington.
Courtesy/Boeing Company

Governor Jay Inslee said on Wednesday that he will propose to extend tax breaks to Boeing -- so long as the aerospace giant agrees to build the 777X in Washington.

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Slow Regrowth Of Construction
4:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Construction Is Everywhere, But Industry Still Fragile

Flickr Photo/clappstar

Construction is now the fastest-growing industry in Washington state. Construction cranes fill the skyline. Public works projects like light rail lines and the tunnel project snarl our streets. But despite appearances, construction has not yet fully recovered from the 2008 recession.

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Aerospace Shift
1:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Next Few Years Critical For Boeing Jobs In Washington

A 787 waits for delivery at Boeing's Everett Delivery Center.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

The economic future of this region is still tied to the future of  Boeing, the region's bellwether employer.  The aerospace industry pays 7.5 percent of the wages in Washington state, and Boeing remains the region’s largest private employer, with 85,000 local jobs.

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777X or A350
5:07 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Boeing Or Airbus: All Nippon To Decide Soon

A 787 Dreamliner destined for All Nippon Airways waits for delivery at Boeing Everett during the battery crisis that grounded the 787 fleet.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

All Nippon Airways is preparing to announce a decision that could mark a turning point in the battle between Airbus and Boeing. The Japanese airline wants to buy 25 new planes worth an estimated $7 billion. It will choose between Boeing Co.’s 777X and Airbus SAS’s A350, both wide-body planes.

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First Amendment
9:44 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Yahoo And Facebook Join Microsoft And Google In Free Speech Request

Flickr Photo/Jeni Rodger

Facebook and Yahoo have joined Microsoft and Google in asking the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court for permission to tell the public about personal information they give to spy agencies.

The big four companies are responding to persistent reports that spy agencies are using them to grab users’ personal information.

In the FISA court filings, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo and Google say their reputations have been damaged. They say only a small part of Internet traffic is being handed to spy agencies, and they want to give the public information to correct the record.

The Justice Department says it can’t allow that for national security reasons.

The companies say that gag order violates their free-speech rights. Microsoft and Google are asking the FISA court to allow oral arguments so that they can argue their case in public.

Personal Data
9:35 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Reports: Spy Agencies Getting Past Tech Company Encryption

Flickr Photo/Chris Hardie

Reports from the New York Times, the Guardian and ProPublica cast light on how spy agencies are obtaining private data. The news organizations say the US National Security Agency is using covert partnerships with technology companies to weaken encryption software.

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Tech Jobs
9:28 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Google Breaks Ground On Kirkland Expansion

Google's current offices in Kirkland.
Credit Flickr Photo/Marcin Wichary

Google officially launched construction of a new building to double its campus in Kirkland.

The Seattle area is already home to the third-largest Google center in the US, behind New York City and Mountain View, California. Google says it’s expanding here because it likes the talent coming out of nearby universities. It is not saying how much it intends to grow its workforce in Kirkland.

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Fight For Smartphones
5:37 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Microsoft Buys Nokia Devices For A New Shot At The Smartphone Market

Flickr Photo/Vernon Chan

Microsoft’s $7 billion purchase of Nokia’s mobile device business is an important step toward gaining ground in the worldwide smartphone market, analysts say.

But bigger challenges await as the company works to get consumers to love the Windows Phone.

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