Carol Smith is a considered one of the best narrative writers in the country. An enterprise reporter and writing coach for twelve years at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Carol covered science and medicine, the working poor, returning veterans, and mental illness and society, among other beats. Her work was a 2006 finalist for the PEN Literary awards, and was also included in “The Best Creative Nonfiction,” published in 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company. Carol has been a co-finalist for Harvard University’s Goldsmith Prize in Investigative Journalism. Her 2008 story on Washington state’s broken mental health system won a 2009 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, and in 2011 she was nominated for an Emmy for her work on workplace safety issues. Her work with InvestigateWest has been recognized by Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Association for Health Care Journalists and the Online News Association, among others. Carol has a master’s degree in plant pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s in chemistry from Stanford University.
Articles by Carol Smith
Public Health | September 2013
Of the roughly 50,000 kids who will attend Seattle schools this fall, nearly 2,000 will hit the books in classrooms within 500 feet of Interstate 5, InvestigateWest has found. This despite a body of evidence dating back decades that highway air pollution can cause lifelong respiratory problems and asthma attacks and boost school absenteeism.
From Seattle to Spokane, what can be done to make sure schools are healthy places for kids?
Photo: John Marshall JHS, 1963. SPSA 108-97.
Public Health | July 2013
Memory loss is one of the symptoms of dementia. So is wandering. Over the last five years, at least 10 people in Washington state have died after wandering away from where they live. It’s a problem that communities will have to confront as the population ages. But not all police departments are prepared for these kinds of incidents.
Wealth & Poverty | June 2013
Six nonprofit groups arose on the Bering Sea shore, and they have invested mightily in ships, real estate and processing plants. Over two decades, the groups amassed a combined net worth of $785 million," write Lee van der Voo and The New York Times' Kirk Johnson.
But the results on the ground, in rural community and economic development, have been deeply uneven, and nonexistent for many people who still gaze out to the blinking lights of the factory ships and wonder what happened. Photo Credit: Jim Wilson/The New York Times
Public Health | March 2013
As Washington state was on the cusp of finalizing new, stronger water pollution limits, Boeing and its allies intervened, all the way up Gov. Gregoire herself. Using newly released public records, InvestigateWest uncovers how business interests and their allies trumped the health of sport fishermen, tribes, and everyone else who reels in dinner from local waterways.
Wealth & Poverty | February 2013
“It was just common knowledge – when you turn 18, you’re done,” Sharayah Lane said. “After the checks stopped coming, we all went our separate ways."
End of the Line is a new series by Claudia Rowe asking what happens when teens get too old for foster care in Washington State.
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