Kathi is an editor and writer, covering health, parenting, and inequality—often the intersection of these things. She writes essays, reported features, and creative nonfiction.
She is a contributing writer and updates editor for Verywell Health, and a former parenting columnist for Dame Magazine.
Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Rolling Stone, CNN, Business Insider, Vice, ESPN, the Independent, HuffPost, Talk Poverty, and dozens of other places. In 2018, her reporting for Pacific Standard Magazine on driver's education was featured on American Public Media’s Marketplace.
Kathi has been regularly invited to talk about freelance journalism for Southwest Michigan Second Wave Community Correspondent Academy. And she has facilitated discussions with journalism delegates from Colleagues International on building digital literacy and media responsibility in democracies.
"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."
AARP - The Girlfriend
My Teen And His Partner Broke Up
Why am I also grieving?
Here’s to hope, and hugging my grown son this year
I wonder if this is the year I’ll get to invite my son inside. I think of the vaccine.. It’s the only thing that gives me hope.
The gruesome spectacle of the GOP’s bad-faith holiday tantrum
As we careen toward the holidays and a record number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities, the GOP's opposition to health mandates is increasingly dangerous.
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.
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