Carol Smith is an accomplished journalist with more than 20 years experience in print, broadcast and online media. A nationally recognized reporter, she co-founded InvestigateWest, a nonprofit journalism studio in 2009 after the closure of her long-time employer, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where she was senior enterprise reporter and writing coach.

Carol’s work  received the 2009 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, and was a 2006 finalist for the PEN Literary awards. She has also been anthologized in "The Best Creative Nonfiction," published in 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company. Her narrative stories have been honored by the American Association of Sunday and Features Editors, Best of the West, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. In addition, her investigative work has been honored by the Blethen Awards, and she was co-finalist for Harvard University’s Goldsmith Prize in Investigative Journalism. Her stories have gone on to be produced by NBC’s Dateline, ABC’s 20-20, National Public Radio affiliate, KUOW- FM, and Public Broadcast affiliate KCTS-9.


<p>Seattle is known as a haven for foodies, so it was something of a shameful surprise to discover that Seattle has a food desert in its own backyard.</p>

<p>Contaminated waters mean exposure to 42 chemicals for people who consume fish from the Duwamish River, despite posted warnings. For those who depend on the river as a primary food source, this frightening possibility is not enough of a deterrent.</p>

<p>I am very excited to be a part of this year's National Health Fellowship program and to be embarking on the reporting for my fellowship project. My goal is to&nbsp;take&nbsp;a look at the health of the communities that live and work along the Duwamish River in Seattle. The Duwamish is not only Seattle’s only river, and the original home of its first Native American people, it is now also an industrial waterway&nbsp;classified as one of the nation’s worst toxic waste sites and one of the few federal Superfund cleanup sites in the country to bisect a major urban area.</p>