I am currently the deputy editor-digital at High Country News, where I’ve also written about the Pacific Northwest and overseen digital initiatives. I was formerly the rural and Denver schools reporter at Chalkbeat Colorado, a nonprofit news start-up covering the state’s public education system. Data in all its forms delights me as does aggressive journalism in the public interest. Want to talk media independence, survival or democratic discourse? Hit me up: kate.schimel at gmail.

I am also an avid backcountry skier and backpacker, as well as the holder of a B.A. in Biology from Reed College. I use it more often than you’d think.