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.
The main change since Parkland? Traumatising active shooter drills in American schools — supported by the NRA
She returned to her classroom and heard gunshots being fired down the hall. Shaking, she fumbled for her keys, worried she wouldn't make it in time. Is this what we want our kids to experience every year?
Am I giving my kids enough hugs?
How one mom learned to connect with her teens when she couldn't rack up enough hugs.
Your ultrasound isn’t a car. Why are you told to shop like it is?
Telling people to “shop around” for health care like it’s a used car ignores how difficult it is to find information about costs, especially when under pressure.
Why Cities, Not Individuals, Should Clear Snow From Sidewalks
Most U.S. cities leave the responsibility of sidewalk snow removal to homeowners, landlords, and businesses. The result: endangered pedestrians.
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.
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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