In pursuit of a good story, Katie has been attacked by a parrot, driven hundreds of kilometres along an ice road in 24-hour darkness, spent an evening in a "haunted" jail with a psychic, flown upside down in an aerobatic plane, listened to a fetal heartbeat and grown used to people bursting into tears in her presence.
A slapdash early career path sent her zigzagging across the country, chasing news in Ontario, Nova Scotia — where she earned a bachelor of journalism with combined honours in Canadian Studies from the University of King’s College — Northwest Territories, Alberta, and now Manitoba.
She joined the Free Press as a copy editor in 2013, and now works the crime beat as a multimedia producer, grateful for every day she doesn’t have to wear fancy shoes.
Since finding her way into a newsroom to escape the barbarity of high school, Katie has been named one of the best young journalists in Canada, winning the Goff Penny Memorial Prize two years in a row and receiving the Canadian Journalism Foundation's 2014 Greg Clark Award.
Her proudest accomplishment to date has been assembling IKEA furniture all by herself with no mystery pieces left over.