Katharine E. Schimel


Deputy editor-digital, High Country News
October 2016-present

Managing including digital strategy & vision, including assigning & editing stories, managing a team of reporters and freelancers, coordinating a cross-department web team to lay out the future of, troubleshoot and coordinate projects. Oversight of special projects. Coordinator and coach for HCN’s respected internship and fellowship programs.

Assistant editor, High Country News
November 2015-present

Managing with Tay Wiles, deputy editor-digital, including digital strategy & vision, including assigning & editing stories, developing social media & engagement plans & comment moderation, as well as day-to-day troubleshooting & tweaking. Oversight of HCN’s data & interactive projects, including mapping, analysis & reporter support

Correspondent, High Country News
June 2015-November 2015
Regular web editing responsibilities; Interactive web element design, including mapping, analysis & reporter support; Coverage of the Pacific Northwest’s environment & culture for magazine & web

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.

Editorial Intern, High Country News
January 2015-June 2015

Reporting for online edition and magazine. Intensive editorial training, including fact-checking, pitching, news and narrative writing and editing.

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:

    • Experienced news photographer and basic videography/video production skills
    • Experienced with data analysis, visualization and interactive tools including CRAN, freeDive, ThingLink, ArcGIS and Google Fusion Tables

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