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.
What We’re Still Not Saying When We Talk About Postpartum Depression
Teresa Wong's graphic memoir, "Dear Scarlet: The Story of My Postpartum Depression," examines the stigma at the intersection of parenthood and mental illness
No, Elizabeth Warren’s college debt plan isn’t ‘a slap in the face’ to people like me who wouldn’t personally benefit
The idea that I should oppose Democratic moves toward free college is mean-spirited and self-centered.
How to talk to your kids about climate change
We have to prepare this next generation for a world with more natural disasters and threats to their health and safety—and we don’t even know where to begin.
Fining Poor People for Walking Won’t Stop Pedestrian Fatalities
Ticketing pedestrians is the height of car-centricity and classism.
ARE ACTIVE SHOOTER DRILLS HARMING MORE THAN THEY’RE HELPING?
Some teachers have reported being shot with pellet guns and experiencing ongoing trauma after the drills, yet the effectiveness of the training is unproven.
HOW MEN’S RIGHTS GROUPS USE THE RHETORIC OF ‘EQUALITY’ TO PUNISH WOMEN
True justice is served by fixing institutions and policies—not by making policy equally harmful to all genders.
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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