Carolyn Adolph



Carolyn Adolph covers Seattle’s growth by looking at the city’s major companies. She’s also a co-host of KUOW’s Prime(d) podcast.

Carolyn has won awards for her journalism in two countries. Prime(d) was honored in spring 2018 by SABEW, the society of business writers. She is also a winner of Canada’s biggest journalism prize, the National Newspaper Award.

Before coming to Seattle, Carolyn was a reporter at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, The Toronto Star and the Montreal Gazette.



  • Astronaut James B. Irwin, lunar module pilot, uses a scoop in making a trench in the lunar soil during Apollo 15 extravehicular activity (EVA). Irwin had a heart attack while orbiting the moon, which made NASA realize that they needed a better health monitoring system.

    What Alexa can learn from a heart attack on the moon

    Minutes after the Apollo 15 lunar module blasted off the surface of the moon, Astronaut James Irwin’s heart began to stutter. Down at Mission Control, Dr. Charles Berry watched the astronaut’s EKG. He saw a series of rapid double beats with long pauses in between. If Irwin was on Earth, Dr. Berry said, “I’d have him in ICU being treated for a heart attack.”

  • Brittney Svach sells Amazon smart homes in Black Diamond, WA.

    There's a neighborhood of Amazon 'smart homes' south of Seattle

    This week's Primed podcast explores Amazon's smart home technology. You can listen to the episode here. In the first part of the story, we baked muffins with Alexa in Amazon's smart home lab. Here, we talk to people who live in an Amazon smart home development in Black Diamond, WA. We also explore some very troubling consequences of having a fully wired home.

  • Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg speaks during a news conference after the company's annual shareholders meeting at the Field Museum in Chicago, on Monday, April 29, 2019.
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    Congress to Boeing CEO: Name your mistakes

    Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg says the company made mistakes with the 737 MAX. During testimony before Congress, Washington representative Rick Larsen had this question: “Can you name three specific mistakes?"

  • Boeing Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg speaks at the Boeing Annual Shareholders Meeting on Friday in Chicago.

    Boeing argues for continued role certifying new planes

    Dennis Muilenburg faced tough questions about his company's role in certifying the 737 MAX. The Boeing Co.'s CEO was testifying before a Senate committee - the first of two appearances this week.

  • Carolyn Adolph and Joshua McNichols, hosts of KUOW's Primed podcast, pose for a portrait on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at Amazon's spheres in downtown Seattle.

    We’re living longer. Can Alexa help us live better?

    On this week’s episode of Primed, we explore how smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo fit into the lives of older people. Some elders find Alexa annoying or intrusive. But others interact with the technology in practical, creative ways. Here are a few of their stories.

  • FILE - Amazon devices on display during an event at Amazon in Seattle.

    How is Amazon changing our lives?

    Over the last year or so, the SoundQs team has gotten a lot of questions about one Seattle-based company. Amazon. Happily, KUOW's podcast Primed is finding answers to questions about how Amazon is changing our lives. Here's the first episode of their newest season, about Alexa and kids.