College of Arts and Sciences
Communication Department

Investigatewest Journalism Project

  • Carol Smith/InvestigateWest: Youth and Family Homelessness

    Carol Smith has been studying life on the street for young people, especially those ages 18-24, who often age out of foster care into homelessness. Many of them grew up homeless, and are bringing up their families in the life they know best. Carol’s stories so far:

    1. Seattle, Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 -- Story and photo gallery centering on Casi Jackson, age 22, working to get out of second-generation homelessness as she cares for a baby, prepares for another on the way and juggles visitation with her third child, in foster care with the father's family (another child died as an infant). The story features numerous local service providers who help youth. \  


    1. KUOW's The Conversation with Ross Reynolds, Monday, Oct. 18, 2010 -- Carol's report, "Voices from The Landing," is a nine-minute news segment about teens living at The Landing, a shelter for teens set in the midst of a well-to-do Seattle suburb where the cost of living makes it even harder to find affordable housing. The story aired numerous times throughout that day and the next.  


    1. AOL News, Oct. 19, 2010 -- National story and multimedia story. Carol Smith and photographer Mike Kane worked to tell a standalone multimedia story that tells the story of life on the streets for teens in several American cities. Mike Kane's visuals tell a stunning story. The link to the story is here. AOLnews pulls in 3.5 million readers a day.  


    1., Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010: Carol examines the increase in homelessness among Washington state schoolchildren in "Homeless students on the rise throughout Washington."


    Carol's research assistants were Seattle University students Cassandra Little and Emily Holt, who graduated June 2010.  


    See additional reports from this series, including stories by Cassandra and Emily, at the InvestigateWest site,