Photos by Ali Barfield of Wild We Wander

HI, I'M Katherine.


You can also call me Kate. I’m a writer. My work has appeared across national outlets including Business Insider, Architectural Digest, Real Simple, Rewire, Roadtrippers, and Well + Good, among others. I tend to cover personal finance, design, careers and work, and culture and lifestyle. In general, I'd say I write about the things and people that interest me.


Recently, this has looked like small Indiana towns, financial accomplishments from young women, and how COVID-19 can impact our long-term mental health. I also cover short food news for Mashed News.


Outside of writing, I work full-time as a technical editor, a fancy term that boils down to copy editing more technical documents.

I love grammar, style, and structure, and enjoy thinking about how these choices affect a reader long after a piece of writing leaves my hands.


I’ve also been known to write a few songs, embark on after-work runs, walk aimlessly for hours, spend too much money on books, and watch the same rom-com over and over again.


I graduated from The New School in New York City. A Hoosier at heart, I’m now based in Brooklyn.

Work Samples

Here you'll find samples of my work. This is a non-exhaustive list, please reach out if you'd like to see my full portfolio.

Design:

Fans of mid-century architecture, corporate social responsibility, and small Midwestern towns will enjoy this story I wrote for Roadtrippers Magazine.

I wrote about furniture flippers on TikTok and the tools they use to create their masterpieces for Architectural Digest.

If you're a cat owner and a home design connoisseur, you may enjoy this piece I wrote for Architectural Digest's Clever.

Personal Finance:

Is investing only for people with a lot of money? I spoke with 5 financial planners about how to invest your first $100 for Insider.

Do you have to retire at 65? Read about a single woman's journey to retire at 35 in this piece I wrote for Business Insider.

Don't be a HENRY (high earner, not rich yet), read these tips to avoid lifestyle creep in a story I worked on for Business Insider.

Saving for retirement in the gig economy doesn't have to be daunting. Read about how to plan intentionally in this story I wrote for Real Simple.

Erika Kullberg, a lawyer and personal finance educator, shares what steps she took before quitting her $250,000 job in this story I wrote for Business Insider.

I also chatted with Erika about building a startup and passive income in this story for Business Insider.

I spoke with author and founder of Clever Girl Finance, Bola Sokunbi, about saving strategies and personal finance as it relates to females for Business Insider.

I spoke with Youtuber and personal finance educator, Aja Dang, about her journey to pay back $200,000 in student loan debt for Business Insider.

Lisa Johnson went from a single mom with thousands of dollars of debt to a multimillionaire business owner. Read about her journey in this story for Business Insider.

I spoke with the women behind "Build Wealth Like a Badass" about becoming millionaires by the time they turned 30 for Business Insider

Some financial advice is hard to hear but worth following. These four pieces of advice often fit into that category. Check out the reason in this article I wrote for Business Insider.

Turns out extreme frugality isn't the *most effective* way to save money. I wrote about my experience with frugality fatigue for Business Insider.

I loved speaking with Jeremy Lefebvre, Youtuber and investor, about building a six-figure portfolio while working as a manager at a gas station in this story for Business Insider.

Jeremy Lefebvre and I also spoke about earning money on Youtube, DIY investing, and becoming a millionaire before 30 in this story for Business Insider.

How do our upbringings affect our money habits? I spoke with a millennial money coach about this topic for Business Insider.

I shared about my spending guilt and a little trick I use to minimize this while saving more money for Insider

If you think TikTok only exists for fun and games, you're wrong. Read about some financial advice I've received — and taken — because of the app for Business Insider.

Careers and work:

If you're curious about the changing relationship between social media and job recruitment, check out this story I reported for ReWire.

COVID-19:

How does touching affect us? And how do we think about it since the pandemic? I dug into these questions in this story for Rewire.

What are the mental health implications we need to consider once the pandemic is over? I wrote about COVID-19 survivor's guilt for Well + Good.

Culture and lifestyle:

What's up with influencer podcasts? I spoke with four social media personalities about their podcasts for Timber Media.

I had the privilege of talking with Annika Marks about her newest film, and writing debut, Killing Eleanor for Her Campus.

What does it take to find happily ever after? I spoke with Stewart Lewis about his creative process and new novel, "Happily Whatever After," for Narratively.


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