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.
My Kid’s School Bus Was Attacked. His Reaction Surprised Me.
Our kids have been conditioned to think anything less than a real shooting is no big deal.
Michigan’s Water Crisis is Rapidly Extending Beyond Flint
Miss Michigan used her pageant airtime to speak up for Flint, as well as several other water crises in the state.
WHAT VIRAL REUNIFICATION VIDEOS REVEAL ABOUT THE TRAUMA OF SEPARATED IMMIGRANT CHILDREN
The consequences of family separation will likely be lifelong. What we are seeing now is only the beginning.
These are the political organizations firing up young voters
They’ve supported candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but can others count on youth registration and engagement this mid-term election cycle?
This is how flags become a symbols of hate
A faction of Americans have co-opted and weaponized “patriotism” to lord bigotry over immigrants—especially those this administration has separated from their families.
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People Who Want Home Births Have to Jump Through All Kinds of Hoops
While giving birth at home is legal in all 50 states, midwifery regulations in some states limit families’ access to skilled birth attendants.
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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