Carolyn Adolph


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.



School Shooting
7:17 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Shooting Leaves Marysville Community In Shock

Father and daughter reunite outside a church a few hours after the fatal shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

Four young people are in intensive care following a shooting in a Marysville high school cafeteria. And two young people are dead.

One, a girl. The other, the alleged shooter. Police have yet to confirm his identity.

KUOW reporter Carolyn Adolph reports.

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Retail Blues
3:57 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

JCPenney No Longer Holds Up To The ‘Theater Of Retail’

This Connecticut store is one of the 33 that JCPenney closed earlier this year. The Bellevue, Wash., location is also about to close.
Flickr Photo/Mike Mozart (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Staff at JCPenney in Bellevue are preparing for the store’s closure. In November the store ends its 59-year run in Bellevue Square.

JCPenney, a flagship of the middle class, has been struggling for years. The Texas-based retailer closed 33 under-performing stores across the country earlier this year. Then in September it added Bellevue to the list.

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11:56 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Seattle Hasn't Investigated Sick Pay Complaints, Report Says

When workers complained about an employer not abiding by the sick pay law, the city sent out a letter -- but did not follow up, an audit has found.
Credit Flickr Photo/ghindo

Rollout of Seattle's $15 minimum wage is still half a year away, and Seattle's auditor says the city is already learning lessons about how to enforce workplace laws.

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7:59 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Tacoma, Seattle Ports Join Forces To Take On Canada

The Port of Seattle'sTerminal 46 is the closest container terminal to downtown Seattle.
Credit Courtesy Port of Seattle

After decades of competing for cargo business, the ports of Seattle and Tacoma are forming an unlikely alliance to fight new competitors.

The ports have been struggling with sudden sea changes. Shipping companies are themselves forming alliances and combining cargo into gigantic ships that will be discriminating in their choice of ports.

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Banking Regulations
12:18 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Seattle's HomeStreet Bank Sends Mortgages Out Of State

A HomeStreet Bank location.
Credit Flickr Photo/javacolleen (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Seattle’s HomeStreet Bank has sold a quarter of its mortgage-servicing business to a bank in Atlanta. It’s a sale that moves $3 billlion worth of mortgage relationships out of state. 

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Food Problem
6:38 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Canned Salmon Creates Challenge For Food Banks

Ross Reynolds speaks with KUOW reporter Carolyn Adolph about an unusual problem food banks are facing: too many cans, not enough can openers. The US government is buying five times more canned pink salmon than usual in order keep the price of salmon from falling too low. This helps support the fishing industry and the canned fish is eventually sent to food banks.

Last Year's Pinks
9:48 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Feds Snap Up Pink Salmon (Fishermen Say Phew!)

Newly labelled canned salmon, ready to fly out the door.
KUOW Photo/Carolyn Adolph

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is on a salmon-buying binge.  It usually spends $6 million a year buying pink salmon. This summer, it is spending a total $39 million.

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Return To Oso
8:31 pm
Sun September 21, 2014

After Oso, Reborn From Water And Mud

Robin walks through Squire Creek State park near her current home. Robin says being in nature helps her heal from the trauma of the landslide.
KCTS Photo/Stacey Jenkins

Robin Youngblood cherished the nature around her home in Oso’s Steelhead Haven. When the landslide struck, she and a visiting friend were talking about a deer they had just seen. After the disaster, she left the Oso area. But something called her back. Now she lives a stone’s throw from state Route 530, a few miles east of the slide.

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8:37 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Boeing And SpaceX Win Bid To Become Space Taxis

NASA announced the winners of its hotly-contested contract to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.

Boeing was the big winner.

The company's space unit will be paid more than four billion dollars to deliver and certify its Crew Space Transportation Capsule.

A little over half that will be paid to Boeing's competitor Space X for its own version, called the Dragon.

Mike Fincke is a former International Space Station crew member.

At a news conference Tuesday, Fincke said having two competing capsules will be good for crew safety.

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7:44 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Goal For The New Chief: Keep the Ferries Running

Washington state ferries has a new boss.

She's Lynne Griffith, who is currently the chief executive of Pierce County transit.

And a memo from her new boss to the governor indicates her marching orders.

KUOW's Carolyn Adolph reports.


In the memo, transportation secretary Lynn Peterson tells the governor that the goal is to stop missing sailings.

Ninety-nine trips were canceled last year because of lack of available crew.

Peterson wants those trips to proceed - only with fewer passengers.

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Port of Seattle
9:59 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Over Here, Mega-Ships! Seattle Angles For Big Business

The Port of Seattle'sTerminal 46 is the closest container terminal to downtown Seattle.
Credit Photo courtesy of the Port of Seattle

The Port of Seattle is getting $20 million dollars in federal investment to help the Port prepare Terminal 46 for the arrival of the next wave of mega-ships.

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12:51 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

'Keep Clam' And Build Seattle's Seawall Already

The view of the Alaskan Way seawall in Seattle from the giant ferris wheel.
Flickr Photo/Nicola

In several weeks, there will be no more Elliott’s Oysters for us. And it will be hard to “keep clam” on Seattle’s waterfront.

That’s because, after years of planning, the Alaskan Way seawall is finally about to be rebuilt.

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Seattle Attracts Timber Giant
4:34 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Weyerhaeuser Co. To Move Headquarters To Pioneer Square

Weyerhaeuser  Co. is leaving Federal Way.

It's moving its head office to Seattle's Pioneer Square.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is expected to make the announcement later this afternoon.

In a statement Tuesday, Weyerhaeuser said its campus in Federal Way no longer fit the company's needs.

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Russian Superyacht
9:12 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Remember Superyacht Serene? Gates Family Is Vacationing Aboard

Bill Gates and his family are reportedly above the superyacht Serene, which was recently docked in Puget Sound.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

European news media are reporting that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has chartered a luxury yacht owned by Stolichnaya vodka magnate Yuri Scheffler.

The yacht, named Serene, is the third-largest superyacht in the world. The cost of chartering the boat runs around $2.1 million a week, according to Yacht Charter Fleet. That's roughly $212 a minute.

Gates and his family are vacationing in Sardinia. They are reportedly using the yacht's helicopter to go ashore for tennis.

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Washington Exports
5:00 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Seattle Companies Speak With U.S. Trade Rep About Asian Markets

Seattle is having a good year for exports. Boeing has a backlog that will keep it making planes for years. Smaller companies tied to the export market are also doing well.

And they would like to keep it that way.

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