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.
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.
I campaigned hard for Elizabeth Warren. Don’t tell me to ‘just get over’ my grief now she’s dropped out the race
I have cried and cried. And I have no regrets, because what we did mattered. Only those of us who did the work get to set the timeline for how long we stay sad.
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.
For D.C. Parents, School Chaperoning Is Pay to Play
Parenting a struggling teenager is devastatingly lonely. It doesn’t have to be.
Dear Dog Owners: Quit Letting Your Dogs Run Loose
To leash or not to leash? There's only one answer to that question
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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