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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Aerospace
9:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Boeing's 'Terrible Teens' Cut Into Profit, Tax Revenue

Stan Sorscher of SPEEA observing the undelivered Boeing 787s at Paine Field.
Credit KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Boeing says it will have to wait until sometime in 2016 to turn a profit on the 787 Dreamliners line.

By that time, the aerospace says developing the game-changing plane will cost the company more than $25 billion. There was a time when Boeing thought it would take $5 billion to develop the new plane.

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Microsoft's New CEO
9:29 am
Wed February 5, 2014

An Immigrant Success Story In Nadella's Rise

Satya Nadella is Microsoft's third chief executive.
Courtesy of Microsoft

Microsoft is celebrating a new leader: Satya Nadella is the company's third chief executive. Nadella likes cricket, and he quoted Oscar Wilde in his email to employees Tuesday. And for Seattle's Indian community, his appointment to the top job means a lot.

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City Investment
4:53 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Does A Super Bowl Victory Boost The Economy?

Tom McMaster, of Just Sports in Alderwood Mall, hangs more "12th Man" uniforms. The success of the team has made them hot commodities.
KUOW Photo/Deb Wang

It feels great to win the Super Bowl, especially if you sell beer, T-shirts or season tickets. But that's not what people mean when they talk about a boost to the region's economy. And when you consider the businesses that will close for Wednesday's parade and the employees who will disappear to see that parade, there may even be a downside to winning the Super Bowl.

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Labor
1:33 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

After The Machinists Vote, Labor Seeks New Directions

Seattle's Labor Temple, with its distinctive neon sign
Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The idea of coming together in common cause is woven into Washington’s social fabric, especially into its union history. But labor has suffered reversals before, and it suffered a large one on Jan. 3, when the Machinists union voted by a narrow margin to abandon the Boeing pension plan. At stake was a key production line.

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Labor
10:37 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Machinists Head Steps Down: 'Your Job Should Not Destroy Your Health'

Tom Wroblewski, pictured in 2012, has stepped down as president of the local Machinists union. The Machinists narrowly approved a Boeing contract on Jan. 3.
Credit Photo IAM District 751

The drama over the Boeing 777X jet has claimed its first casualty.

Tom Wroblewski, president of the Machinists Union District Lodge 751, announced on Tuesday night that he is retiring to a small group of elected representatives from local lodges. His last day is Jan. 31.

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Aerospace
10:57 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Battery Smokes – Again

After nearly a year of no problems with its batteries, a Boeing 787 battery started smoking on Tuesday.
Credit Boeing Photo

Japan Airlines has yet again grounded one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets after the plane's lithium ion battery started smoking.

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Light Rail
9:22 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Businesses Worry About Broadway Construction

The Annapurna Cafe, where the sidewalk ends on Broadway
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Correction 1/15/2013: This story has been changed to reflect that construction has  eliminated a center turn lane, not reduced the lanes from four to two as originally stated.

A previous version of this story also incorrectly said construction on all of the projects would take another three years. The current lane closures are scheduled to end in December, Sound Transit expects the Capitol Hill light rail station construction to be complete by spring 2015, and the First Hill streetcar is expected to be operating by the middle of 2014. Work on the First Hill streetcar started affecting Broadway in April of 2012. The story below has been corrected.

For many of us, years of light rail construction on Broadway has been a traffic headache. But some small business owners along Capitol Hill's main street worry that ongoing construction could force them to shut their doors.

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Labor
10:51 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Machinists To Labor Board: Boeing Vote Was Unfair

Boeing machinists stand in line to vote on an upgraded contract on Jan. 3. They narrowly approved the contract. Now eight machinists say the vote was unfairly pushed on workers while so many were away.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Eight union machinists have filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board about the contract vote that determined the Boeing 777X jet would be built in Washington state.

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Contract Vote
10:41 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Machinists Vote To Accept Offer: 51 Percent Say Yes

Boeing machinists line up in Everett to vote on a contract offer Friday.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

The Machinists have spoken, and the vote was 51 percent in favor of the contract extension.

After a nail-biter day of tense waiting, Machinist local Chief of Staff Jim Bearden announced the results to a small crowd of reporters gathered at the union’s Renton headquarters, as union members learned the same news next door.

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Labor
11:08 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Future In Balance: Boeing Machinists Prepare To Vote Again

The local union posted this image of machinists opposed to Boeing's contract. The machinists are scheduled to vote on the contract at 8 p.m. on Friday.
Credit IAM District 751’s Facebook page

Carolyn Adolph reports on what the union vote could mean for the workers and the state.
Joshua McNichols produced this audio postcard from Everett, where machinists have been rallying.

Boeing machinists will vote Friday evening on a contract for the second time, and this time, the aerospace giant has made it clear that a yes vote guarantees Washington will keep production of the 777X in state.

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Aerospace
1:28 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Politicians To Boeing Workers: Vote No, And The Wing Will Fly Away

Boeing machinists have been in heated negotiations with management over their contract. Politicians say that the machinists don't approve the latest contract, production of the plane will almost certainly move to another state.
Credit Flickr Photo/Tony Cyphert

The politicians and mayors stood together to tell the union machinists that a vote for Boeing’s contract is a vote for stability for everyone. Then they said Boeing had a message.

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Postscripts
10:51 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Marathoner Bill Iffrig Remembers When The Bomb Went Off

Bill Iffrig reflected on the Boston Marathon bombing more than eight months ago.
Credit Vimeo/Courtesy William Anthony Photography/wmanthony.com

Bill Iffrig was 15 feet from finishing the Boston Marathon in April when the first bomb went off.

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Boeing Labor Dispute
11:04 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Boeing In The Blood: A Machinist Family Considers Its Options

The Simmonds Family: Andrea, her husband Odin (a machinist at Boeing) and his father Don (a former Boeing employee).
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

For many Boeing machinists the battle to land the 777X production line is deeply personal, and generational.

Boeing runs in the blood of many families, who have tied their fortunes to that of the company.  Andrea Simmonds’ family is like that. A grandfather of hers was a 747 pilot.  Now Odin, her husband, builds the 747. He’s a machinist, like his father Don before him, who once worked the 777 line.

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Machinists Dispute
11:42 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Boeing Machinists Rally To Vote On Latest Contract Offer

Union members marched yesterday in support of taking a vote on the latest Boeing contract offer.
Credit KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Machinists clashed with each other Wednesday at the union’s Everett hall asking that Boeing not require the union leadership’s endorsement in order to proceed with a vote.

About three dozen of them marched from Boeing’s main factory building to call attention to their demand for a vote on Boeing’s latest contract offer.

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Labor
6:48 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Boeing Says Machinists Rejected Its 'Best And Final' Offer

Boeing union machinists opposed the original contract proposed by 67 percent. The union rejected Boeing's "final" offer on Thursday night.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Boeing says its machinists have rejected the company’s “best and final” counterproposal.

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