Hi there, my name is Kathi (she/her) and I am a freelance journalist, essayist, and content writer based in Southwest Michigan. I write about gender and identity, education, politics, health, parenting, justice issues, and some things in between.
When I'm not writing, you might find me wandering around the woods, shoving my hands in the dirt, playing or watching Ultimate Frisbee, or putting my feet a little too close to the fire - literally, I'm cold.Contact Me
I strive to do more than tell a story. I believe that good writing done well fosters empathy, expands our understanding of the world, and acts as a catalyst for change.
My work has appeared in Rolling Stone, ESPN, the New York Times, Pacific Standard, The Outline, Vice, AlterNet, and lots of other places. In 2018, my reporting for Pacific Standard on driver's education was featured on NPR's Marketplace.
I’ve been trying to teach my kids about collective responsibility during the pandemic.
Many of our leaders have been terrible role models and our fellow Americans have been flouting the rules. This makes it harder to teach collective responsibility to kids.
How teachers and students became collateral damage
School shooting after school shooting thrust teachers and students into America’s gun rights debate. Now, they’re pawns in a deadly pandemic.
It’s time to start handing out fines to people who refuse to wear masks
A fine for not wearing masks must be considered as a viable option.
New York Times
Watching the Pandemic Steal Intimate Moments From Teenagers
I’m afraid of holding a tight line of protection and having it snap under the weight of my almost-adult kid’s frustration.
Teachers and students shouldn’t be Covid-19 experiments in the fall
In an ideal world, opening schools is what everyone wants, sure. But this isn't an ideal world and it certainly won't be in a few weeks' time.
Why I’m helping my teen, even though conventional wisdom says I should step back
Collecting his things, folding his clothes, making his lunch feels attentive and healing, like placing stitches over the torn and rough spots.
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Work With Kathi
Assign me: If you're looking for someone to cover gender and identity, reproductive justice, politics, education, health, parenting, and justice-related topics, I'm available for hire.
Consult with me: I also offer consultation to writers at an hourly rate. If you're looking for help with pitching, ideas of where to pitch, rate negotiations, feedback on a not-yet-submitted piece of writing, reporting tips and tricks, or something along those lines, send me an email!
Hire me: I consider content writing clients on a limited basis, depending on my schedule. I've written content for lawyers, physicians, musicians, social justice organizations, sports organizations, entrepreneurs, and small business owners.
Commission me at kathivaleii at gmail dot com