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.
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.
What can you do when your editor ghosts you?
Delivered your story and received radio silence in return? You have options.
Can we fight crime with public shaming?
Humiliation-based punishments are designed as deterrents, but sentences that embarrass the most vulnerable among us are cruel and represent the worst of American policies.
My kids are coming of age during the Trump presidency. I’ve started using his speeches for lessons on propaganda
When my oldest was six, we watched Obama's speeches together and spoke about democracy and civil rights with a sense of hope. Now everything has changed
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?
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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