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 extensively 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 City and received a master's degree in literary nonfiction from the University of Oregon. She lives in Seattle with her husband Levi and son Oscar. 

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Obituary
12:16 pm
Sun July 27, 2014

Paul Schell, Innkeeper And Former Seattle Mayor, Dies At 76

Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell in 1999.
Credit Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives

He is the reason fish fly at the Pike Place Market, or so the story goes.

On Sunday, Paul Schell, a former Seattle mayor and champion of urban neighborhoods, died. He was 76.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Ed Murray confirmed that Schell died at Swedish Hospital.

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Tech
7:18 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Microsoft Layoffs Could Make Seattle Hub Of Cloud And Mobile Tech

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Credit Courtesy of Microsoft

KUOW's Bill Radke speaks with GeekWire's Todd Bishop about Microsoft's layoffs announcement.

KUOW's Bill Radke speaks with Nick Wingfield of The New York Times about Microsoft layoffs.

Following the announcement by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella that the company would undergo a 14 percent reduction in its workforce, conference rooms at the Redmond campus were reserved by the human resources.

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Marijuana
12:49 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Jonesing For A Joint? Too Bad, Seattle Is Out Of Weed

Cannabis City has sold out of its indicas, sativas and hybrids.

No more marijuana for sale until July 21, according to a sign hung on the door of Seattle's first recreational pot store.

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Potiquette
1:41 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Hey Budtender! Enlighten Me About This Weed

One of the first sales of legal recreational marijuana at Cannabis City in Seattle's Sodo neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon.
Credit KUOW Photo/Michael Clinard

This article was supposed to be called, “How Not To Look Like A Poser When You Buy Weed.”

But when I called budtenders in Colorado for advice, they said that when it comes to legal pot, most everyone is a newbie. The only rule I heard was, “Don’t cuss at the budtender,” which seems less a rule than a tenet of basic human decency.

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Gun Violence
8:00 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Most Likely To Commit Gun Violence? Not The Mentally Ill

Credit Seattle City Council / University of Washington

Treat people hospitalized for gunshot injuries as you would treat addicts.

That’s the counsel of Dr. Fred Rivara, a professor of pediatrics, who headed a University of Washington study that found that patients who had been shot were more likely to be arrested within five years than people with a psychiatric history.

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Community Living
10:28 am
Fri June 27, 2014

A Peek Inside Seattle's Remaining Communes

Carol Anderson feeds one of the chickens. She bought the house with her former husband and then turned it into a collective. She gave the house, valued around $1 million, to the Evergreen Land Trust in 2009.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

Four people live in a cozy home on Capitol Hill, which they call WOW, for Wild Old Women.

Or that’s what they used to call it; now they call it Wild Old Women And One Young Man, since a godson of one member joined a year ago.

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The Peerless City
10:14 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Seattle City Song Unearthed: ‘Her Bosom’s Gemm’d With Pearly Lakes’

The Alaska Yukon Pacific Expedition on the University of Washington campus in 1909. This was the same year that the lyrics to Seattle's official song were approved.

In researching the Seattle City Charter, KUOW reporter Deborah Wang found the lyrics of the Seattle city song.

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Journalism
12:07 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Why KUOW Didn’t (Initially) Name The SPU Shooter

In journalism school, student reporters learn to never, ever, ever name suspects until they have been charged in court.

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Shooting
8:35 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Shell Casings On The Carpet: Students Describe SPU Shooting Scene

As the sun set on Thursday evening, students from Seattle Pacific University gathered outside. The church service they had wanted to attend following a shooting on their campus was too packed to accommodate them.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson

KUOW reporter Carolyn Adolph describes the scene of the SPU shooting Thursday, including first hand accounts from students in Otto Miller Hall.

KUOW reporter Patricia Murphy reports from the SPU campus following a shooting Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday afternoon, Daniel Martin received the text that every university president dreads: His campus was on lockdown. There was a gunman.

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Shooting
4:00 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Students Tackle Gunman In Fatal Seattle Pacific University Shooting

Jillian Smith, a 20-year-old student at Seattle Pacific University, took this photo as she ran out of the Otto Miller building. As she ran out, police rushed in.
Credit Courtesy Jillian Smith

Updated 9:20 p.m. PT:

One person was killed and three others were wounded on Thursday afternoon when a lone suspect entered a classroom building at Seattle Pacific University and opened fire with a shotgun, according to police officials.

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Breastfeeding
7:36 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Slideshow: Lactation Rooms Around Seattle (And Beyond)

The designated room for pumping at KUOW. Click through the slideshow to see other photos of lactation rooms submitted to us by listeners. Some are pretty luxurious (Amazon and Gates Foundation!), several are not.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Bill Radke follows up with online editor Isolde Raftery about the response to her slideshow of lactation rooms.
Bill Radke discusses lactation rooms with online editor Isolde Raftery about her project to create a slideshow of lactation rooms around Seattle.

When I returned from maternity leave earlier this month, my boss Jenna showed me to the lactation room.

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#YesAllWomen
8:14 am
Mon June 2, 2014

A Six-Second Scream For All Women In Seattle

Katie Kuffel, right, debated whether to tell her story at a rally on Friday opposing violence against women. The rally stemmed from the May 23 shootings in Santa Barbara the week before. Kuffel's partner, Gerri DeSouza, joined her in a six-second scream.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

Katie Kuffel was losing her nerve.

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Sakura
3:25 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Japanese Cherry Trees Harken Back To Darker Times At UW

One of the 30 young cherry trees the University of Washington dedicated in a ceremony on Tuesday.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

In a ceremony on Tuesday morning, the University of Washington dedicated more than 30 young cherry trees, gifts from Japan.

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Seattle Police
8:06 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Which One Will He Pick? Murray To Declare Police Chief Monday

"X" marks the spot on Monday ahead of Mayor Murray's announcement of the next police chief.
Credit KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is expected to announce his pick for the city’s next police chief.

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Mother's Day
2:45 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Looking Back: A Young Irish Mom's Painful Decision

In 1988, Sian Cullen was an Irish teenager who had fallen in love with an older guy. Their relationship was brief and she got pregnant. Cullen, now a hairstylist in Seattle, told KUOW's Isolde Raftery about the biggest decision of her life: Whether to give up her newborn for adoption.

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