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About Kate

I am a freelance journalist and a correspondent for Outside magazine based in Durango, Colorado. I cover a wide range of topics, including science, the environment, social issues, adventure sports and travel for magazines, newspapers and websites.

I’m most passionate about tackling narratives that address challenging issues, such as a deeply reported story on suicide in mountain towns for Outside magazine and a feature on the brilliant anti-racist educator Cheryl Matias for 5280. I also love diving into personal essays, such as “Texas Makes Me Happy” about finding peace after depression on the barren roads of West Texas for National Geographic Traveler, and fun romps like “The Last Godforsaken Place,” a feature about visiting some of the most remote penguin colonies on earth.

In 2016, along with nine superb journalists from around the world, I was selected as a Metcalf Institute fellow and participated in a week-long science immersion workshop to turbo-boost my science reporting skills. The experience has proved invaluable as I continue to write more deeply about science and environmental issues. I am also committed to educating myself and examining my own racial identity so that I can de-center whiteness in my work.

My work has been honored with awards from The North American Travel Journalists Association and the Society of American Travel Writers, which named me a Lowell Thomas travel journalist of the year in 2011. My story, “Ghost of a Chance,” was a notable mention in The Best American Travel Writing 2016. In 2018, my piece, “Adventures all Around,” in National Geographic Traveler, won a gold award from the Society of American Travel Writers.

In my spare time, I backpack, run, bike and ski in the mountains and deserts of the Southwest. I am an adventurous vegetarian cook, enthusiastic learner of Spanish and photography, and board member for the local Buddhist meditation center. I am also the founder of the Durango Women’s Book & Cocktail Society, a non-exclusive club for women who love reading and ideas—and the occasional cocktail.