Kate is Senior Editor for Enterprise at WBEZ and she leads the station’s amazing team of education reporters.
Kate joined the station in late 2016 after serving as a director at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. She also was awarded an IOP fellowship to teach a seminar on the Politics of School Reform. Before joining the IOP in 2015, Kate spent nearly 20 year as a print reporter and opinion writer. Most recently, she was Deputy Editorial Page Editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, where she wrote editorials on education, Illinois politics and city and state policy issues. She also ran the paper’s political endorsement process. Previously, Kate worked as a Sun-Times metro reporter, covering schools and public housing, and at the Associated Press, The Providence Journal and ABC 20/20 and she has freelanced for The Atlantic.com.
Kate is a two-time winner of the national Education Writers Association top opinion writing award for editorials on the Chicago Public Schools and is a winner of the Studs Terkel Award for coverage of Chicago's diverse communities. She speaks publicly about schools and politics and is a frequent panelist on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review. Kate lives in Chicago with her family.