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Carol Smith


Year started with KUOW: 2013

Carol Smith is a reinvented print reporter now working as an editor in radio. She fell in love with radio's narrative possibilities after the closure of her long-time employer, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 2009, where she was a senior enterprise reporter and writing coach.

She is also a co-founder of InvestigateWest, a nonprofit investigative journalism studio. She served as InvestigateWest's executive editor prior to joining  KUOW Public Radio in 2013.

In addition, she has reported for the Los Angeles Times, and her work has appeared in a variety of national magazines.

Carol's specialty is the use of narrative across platforms. She has won multiple national awards for her narrative writing, and her enterprise reporting has been recognized by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Association of Health Care Journalists and the Online News Association, among others.

She has also twice been nominated for an Emmy award — in 2012 for the documentary "Lifesaving Drugs; Deadly Consequences," and in 2013  for the documentary “Prescription for Abuse,” both in partnership with KCTS-9.

In 2009, she won the national Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism for her work on the broken mental health system in Washington state, and in 2001 was a co-finalist with Andrew Schneider for Harvard University’s Goldsmith Prize in Investigative Journalism for reporting on the Libby, Montana, asbestos scandal. In 2006, she was a finalist for the PEN Literary awards, and her work is included in the anthology "The Best Creative Nonfiction" published in 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company.  

Her work has led directly to the passage of two new workplace safety laws governing health care workers in the state of Washington.

When she's not doing journalism, Carol teaches Argentine tango in Seattle.

To see more of Carol's KUOW portfolio, visit our current site.