People of Northwest Public Radio
Katie Campbell is a multimedia journalist at KCTS 9, the public television station in Seattle. Her journalism experience runs the gamut from newspaper writing and editing to photojournalism, documentary filmmaking and multimedia projects. Katie grew up on a flower farm in southern Minnesota. After completing her undergraduate degree in journalism at St. Catherine’s University, she worked as an enterprise reporter at daily newspapers in Minnesota and Florida. She holds a master’s degree in narrative journalism from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining EarthFix, Katie was an instructor at the UO School of Journalism and Communication.
What I cover
Urban environmental issues. Sustainability. Environmental justice. And every dam story I can get my hands on.
Story from the field
Five minutes into a 45-minute aerial tour of the Elwha River watershed, I uh... lost my lunch all over myself, my camera gear and the airplane window. Without giving it a second thought, I wiped off the window and the viewfinder and kept shooting.
Courtney Flatt began her journalism career at The Dallas Morning News as a neighbors editor. There, she also wrote articles for the Metro section, where she reported on community issues ranging from water security to the arts. Courtney earned her master’s in convergence journalism at the University of Missouri and developed a love for radio and documentary film. As a producer at KBIA-FM she hosted a weekly business show, reported and produced talk shows on community and international issues. Her work took her from the unemployment lines, to a Methamphetamine bust, to the tornado damage aftermath in Joplin, Mo.
What I cover
Energy, climate change and the Columbia Basin
Soon to be favorite outdoor activity
Having never lived so close to mountains before, I am determined to learn to snowboard this winter.
A funny thing happened one day in the field...
It was an icy winter morning, and I was trying to get some ambient sound of the Missouri River, which seemed easy enough. I had to make it over a pile of cement rocks to reach this one sandbar. (And if you know me, you know I’m a walking example of Murphy’s Law.)
Realizing this, I securely attached every piece of equipment to my body. Everything except my extra mic. I had climbed halfway across the cement pile when, woosh! My mic fell through a small hole covered by leaves. The mound was probably 10 feet tall.
As I peered down, a fisherman wandered by. He helped me lift a few of the blocks – they probably weighed 50 pounds each. But the mic wasn’t anywhere near the top. Every time I saw the pile after that day, I wondered where my mic wound up.
Farmers markets, traveling, tea and painting (though I’m pretty bad at it)
There’s not much… Maybe traffic?
If I weren't a journalist, I would be...
Working on an organic farm in Spain. I actually joined the WOOF program right before graduation. Then I got a job.
Bonnie Stewart spent 20 years reporting for daily metropolitan newspapers. She was on the projects team for The Indianapolis Star and The Press-Enterprise in Riverside. CA. Before joining OPB, she spent six years as a journalism professor at West Virginia University, where she taught public affairs reporting and ethics. In 2011, she published a book, “No.9: The1968 Farmington Mine Disaster,” which details the negligence that led to the death of 78 men. Her work has earned many awards, including the George Polk Award and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for public service. What I cover: Anything that impacts the environment.
Most of the time we don't know where Ashley is. That's because she's usually managed to get lost or to drop her means of communication into one waterbody or another. As a newcomer to the region, Ashley brings a healthy dose of incredulity about what goes on around here. "Wait, you truck fish around dams?" or "You grow fish in a hatchery and then set them free into rivers? Is that kind of like keeping chickens?" As a transplant from Los Angeles most recently (where she got her masters in science journalism at USC) she's tended to report on rivers that are nicely cemented in, so she's very excited about all the freerange waterways up here. Radio will always be Ashley's first love (she got her start working for the show Living on Earth on Public Radio International) but she's pretty excited about this whole "multimedia" thing everyone's talking about.
Ashley's been known to develop crushes on inanimate objects such as rivers, hip waders and reliable recording equipment. At scientific conferences she sneaks pictures of the highly fashionable forms of footwear on parade, with special attention to the combination of wool socks and tevas often sported by ecologists and biologists. She then tweets those pictures, so follow her on Twitter.
We like Ashley because we know that even though she's often MIA, she always comes back with a story.