Caryn G. Mathes | KUOW News and Information

Caryn G. Mathes

President and General Manager

Year started with KUOW: 2014

Caryn G. Mathes is president and general manager of KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio. Caryn came to KUOW from public radio station WAMU FM, licensed to American University in Washington, D.C.

During her tenure, WAMU became one of the nation’s top performing public news and information stations by strengthening its position as a national and international provider of news and culture, offering nationally syndicated programs, including The Diane Rehm Show, as well as comprehensive local and regional news coverage.

Prior to her appointment at WAMU, Caryn served as general manager of WDET FM in Detroit for 21 years and news director for two. Caryn has held various positions during her media career – weeknight co-anchor at CBS affiliate WTHI TV Channel 10 in Terre Haute, Indiana, and commercial radio reporter/anchor positions at WCKY AM in Cincinnati and Detroit’s WJR AM before moving to noncommercial radio in 1982.

She is a member director on the NPR board and serves on the University Station Alliance board. Caryn holds a B.A. in journalism from Indiana State University.

KUOW general manager Caryn Mathes
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Sixty-five years ago, on February 12, 1952, KUOW’s first general manager, Edwin H. Adams, received a telegram (pictured below) from the FCC granting this station its License to Cover Construction permit. That technical industry jargon meant that we were authorized to flip the switch for the “on air” signs and broadcast for the very first time.

KUOW general manager Caryn Mathes
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When I first arrived at KUOW three years ago, there was electricity in the air, that anticipatory excitement about yet-to-be-defined change. All around, there was a desire to try new things, an appetite to be bold, and a devotion to occupy a more central place in the lives of the people who call the Puget Sound home. All of us — KUOW’s board, leadership, our staff — agreed: Now was the time. And we began asking, what kind of company do we want to be? Who do we need to be?