Katharine E. Schimel


Topics editor, Colorado Public Radio
May 2019-present

I manage a team of reporters covering a wide swath of Colorado life, from transportation and business to health, education and environment. CPR is in the midst of rapid growth and expansion. We work to break news as well as develop special projects and in-depth storytelling to help explain the place we live.

Associate editor, High Country News
October 2018-April 2019

I manage a team of reporters, editors and freelancers to cover the Northwest, Northern Rockies and Alaska. I am a member of HCN’s editorial leadership team, and develop special projects and partnerships for HCN. I previously oversaw as deputy editor-digital, and have worked as an assistant editor and Pacific Northwest correspondent for High Country News.

Freelance writer and editor

Spring 2010-present
Writing and editing for media, school and non-profit organizations. Work has appeared in Catalyst Chicago, Denver Post, Crosscut and Chalkbeat network.

Editor, Chalkbeat network
October 2014-January 2015
Development of the network’s community-written section, including working with contributors from conception to publication and syndication across our sites

Staff reporter, Chalkbeat Colorado
September 2013-October 2014
Daily beat and investigative reporting for non-profit news startup focused on education and educational changes in Colorado

Previous: Editorial Intern, Willamette Week, Portland, OR
Science Communications Intern, Virginia Sea Grant, Gloucester, VA
Intern, EducationNews Colorado, Denver, CO
Intern, Gotham Schools, New York, NY
Editorial Intern, Rosen Publishing, New York, NY


Multimedia toolbox:

    • News photography and basic videography/video production skills
    • Experienced with data analysis, visualization and interactive tools including CRAN, ArcGIS, Tableau, CartoDB and Google Fusion Tables

Other digital skills: MS Office Suite, Google Analytics, WordPress, Final Cut Pro, Adode Photoshop, JMP, basic HTML and LaTeX

  • Languages: Fluent French, Conversant German and Spanish
  • Wilderness Certifications: Wilderness First Responder, CPR and Avalanche Level 1

Employment history

  • Manager, Reed College Backpack Co-op
    fall 2011-spring 2013
  • Teaching Assistant, Biology Department, Reed College
    fall 2012
  • Lab Assistant, Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research
    spring 2011, summer 2010
  • Head Counselor, Colvig Silver Summer Camps
    summer 2009