Isolde Raftery

Online editor

Isolde Raftery became the online editor at KUOW in October 2013. Previously, she worked for NBCNews.com and the Columbian and Skagit Valley Herald newspapers here in Washington state. She has also written for The New York Times, where she interned on the Metro desk in 2010, The Chicago Tribune, Seattlepi.com and Seattle Business magazine.

Born in Ireland to an Irish dad and a French mom, Isolde grew up mostly in Seattle, where she attended Garfield High School. She later graduated from Barnard College in New York and received a master's degree in literary nonfiction from the University of Oregon. She lives in Seattle with her husband Levi. 

Seattle Comics Author
2:58 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Making A Superhero From Scratch: A Writer’s Origin Story

G. Willow Wilson writes the comic series, Ms. Marvel, featuring Marvel's first Muslim superhero.
Credit Courtesy Photo/Amber French

Marcie Sillman talks with writer G. Willow Wilson about her new Ms. Marvel series featuring a teenage Muslim superhero named Kamala Khan.

G. Willow Wilson’s origin story, in a matter of speaking, started in New Jersey on about 3 acres of land surrounded by old-growth woods, where her parents raised rabbits and chickens and grew corn, blackberries and sweet potatoes.

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Books And Guns
10:02 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Why Seattle Public Library Surrendered Its Gun Ban

Seattle Public Library lifted its gun ban in November after a patron complained that the library rule was breaking the law.
Credit Flickr Photo/Frank Fujimoto

When Seattle Public Library lifted its ban on guns in early November, officials there said they had done so because patrons had complained.  

Internal library emails reveal that there was just one patron complaint in several years – a man with a Yahoo email account who didn’t identify himself as either a patron or Seattle resident.

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Animal Rights
7:45 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Protesters Clash With Residents In Forks Over Dog Shelter

Images posted by two groups at odds over the conditions at the Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Forks, Wash., show starkly different portrayals of life in the shelter.
Credit From Facebook.

About 18 months ago, a volunteer at a Forks, Wash., animal sanctuary took photos of the shelter where she worked. She captured grim images of a rundown warehouse where the animals – mostly dogs but also reptiles – were housed, focusing on their cages, rib cages, feces and exposed wiring.

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What Stopped Bertha?
4:55 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Boring Bertha Digs Through Layers Of Seattle History

An inside view of Bertha, the multi-million dollar tunneling machine.
Flickr Photo/Washington State Department of Transportation

The most plausible theory about what stopped Bertha, the tunneling machine digging its way through downtown until last Saturday, is also the most boring.

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Obituary
3:03 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Nan Campbell, Bellevue's First Female Mayor, Dies After Suspicious Fire

Nan Campbell, Bellevue's first female mayor, died on Tuesday.
Credit Courtesy of Patty Campbell

When Don Davidson joined the Bellevue City Council in 1984, a fellow council member offered sage advice: “Get along with Nan. It’ll go a long way.”

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Labor
11:26 am
Fri November 15, 2013

What Boeing Machinists' Rejection Means For Labor

At the heart of the debate: The Boeing 777X jetliner (a prototype).
Credit Boeing handout.

In the hours after Boeing machinists overwhelmingly voted down an eight-year contract, a theme emerged: The machinists view themselves as a family that could not vote for a contract that would hurt future generations.

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Under The Sea
9:01 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Photos Down Under: A Light Beams From Puget Sound

Lion's mane jelly
Courtesy of Ann Dornfeld

Puget Sound, a spidery inlet of the Pacific Ocean, has often been derided as murky, toxic and so, so cold.

But Ann Dornfeld, KUOW’s education reporter, has come to love the Sound, where she photographs marine life. Her favorite marine invertebrate is a nudibranch. (Her favorite nudibranch is a Cockerell's dorid.)

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Elections 2013
2:12 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Councilmembers Will Represent Districts – But Which One Is Yours?

Seattle will be divided into these seven districts. Residents of each district will elect a city councilmember to represent them.
Credit Courtesy of Seattle District Now

Seattle prides itself on being a city of neighborhoods – small cities wedged between two bodies of water – but its city councilmembers are elected by the city at large.

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Elections Results
8:50 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Effort To Label GMO Foods Failing In Washington State

Some companies have voluntarily labeled their products as non-GMO, but Washington voters so far have decided against making it mandatory in the state.
Flickr Photo/Becky Striepe

Washington state likely won’t be labeling its food containing GMO products, after all. With most of the votes counted on Tuesday night, 55 percent said no to Initiative 522, which would have required labeling.

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Elections Results
8:32 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

So Far, SeaTac Voters Say Yes To $15 Minimum Wage

Supporters of SeaTac's Proposition 1 celebrate at a results party.
KUOW Photo/Reiny Cohen

The votes haven’t all been counted, but it appears the City of SeaTac could be on its way to imposing a $15 minimum wage for workers whose jobs are tied to the airport.

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Elections Results
8:22 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

McGinn Ousted: Ed Murray Leads With 56 Percent

Seattle mayoral candidate state Sen. Ed Murray, right, pauses while his husband, Michael Shiosaki, teases him after supporters called out Shiosaki's name at an election night party on Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

State Sen. Ed Murray appeared to be winning the Seattle mayoral race on Tuesday night, with 56 percent of the votes. Mayor Mike McGinn trailed with 43 percent.

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Elections 2013
1:12 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Why Socialist Kshama Sawant's Campaign Matters, Win Or Lose

City Council candidate Kshama Sawant, a member of the Socialist Alternative Party, with Democratic Party supporters Daniel Norton and Jeanne Legault.
Credit KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Kshama Sawant didn’t have to identify as a socialist.

Seattle City Council races are nonpartisan, after all, and her views aren’t particularly revolutionary, as far as Seattle goes: She supports a $15 minimum wage (as do both mayoral candidates), unions for low-wage workers and rent control.

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Gun Rights
8:42 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Shhh! Seattle Libraries Now Allow Guns, But Please Be Respectful

The Seattle Public Library has reversed its rule banning patrons from bringing in guns.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Librarians have long asked you to “shhh,” and starting Monday, they may also ask you to please stop waving your gun around.

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Animal Dreams
1:53 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Found: Stephen Ambrose's Hilarious Letter To KUOW's Dave Beck

Author Stephen Ambrose
Credit Simon & Schuster

As some of you may know, Dave Beck, longtime KUOW jack-of-all-trades, has moved across town to Classical KING FM. We searched for his award-winning interview of historian Stephen Ambrose, to no avail. But we did dig up this incredible letter Ambrose wrote after Beck won the national PRNDI award for his interview with the author. We’re posting it because it’s too good to leave dusty in our archives.

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