Katie Campbell

Earthfix reporter - Multimedia journalist based in Seattle

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.


Leaf blowers.

Ways to Connect

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A new report published Monday identified the culprit behind the mysterious disease that’s been killing millions of West Coast starfish.

After months of research, scientists have identified the pathogen at the heart of the starfish wasting disease.

They said it’s different from all other known viruses infecting marine organisms and have dubbed it as “sea star associated denso virus.”

Oddly enough, West Coast starfish have been living with the virus for decades. The densovirus was detected in preserved starfish specimens from as far back as the 1940s.