Katherine K. Ellis is currently a
Program Associate with the
American Press Institute

Featured work:

I was hired as a program associate for the American Press Institute to help better promote the work we're doing. I'm directly involved in marketing outreach for APi, as well as researching ways the journalism industry can better approach diversity initiatives.

The American Press Institute held a Thought Leader Summit on newsroom listening on March 27 in Nashville, TN.

This summit gathered community-minded journalists, editors and nonprofit leaders who are pioneers of listening and dialogue projects in journalism. I put together this video to show what goes on behind the scenes of API's famous invitation-only summits.

A few months into my job, I implemented a new tactic to help APi's audience (journalists, newsrooms) better understand what we're doing out in the journalism world when we travel and openly promote the different facets of our company. We call it: API Field Notes

I also curate and manage content on our social platforms daily, from the initial planning stage to the creation of videos, photos and shareable cards. It's my responsibility to transform the in-depth reports we publish into digestible ideas on whichever platform tells the story best.


Examples of assets I made for social

I was hired at APi just in time to produce and edit this video promoting one of their incredible projects: Better News.
betternews.org is a free resource built to help news innovators lead journalism into the future.

Finally, I look for ways APi's research can positively affect the world of journalism in the diversity and inclusion space and connect with organizations whose missions reflect this.



diversity + inclusion

I've made it a point in my career to talk about things that matter most to me. One of my passions is the discussion of race and inclusion in both the hiring process and accurate representation in media. Moving the dial on diversity in different industries is something I've had the pleasure of writing, training others and learning about.


4 ways managers can build a more inclusive newsroom for diverse new hires

We know the numbers on newsroom diversity aren’t shifting in the direction we want them to. We’ve seen reports and studies that profess change, but a quick glance around local newsrooms tells another story. READ ON >>


On June 27, 2018 I graduated from the Freedom Forum Institute’s Power Shift Project in its inaugural class of 33 trainers who received certification to teach a Workplace Integrity curriculum to news organizations nationwide.


Lead Workshop on checking your bias

Partnering with the Emma Bowen Foundation, known for its approach to building the pipeline for diverse talent, and the Institute for Nonprofit News my colleague Amy Kovac-Ashley and I developed a training for managers. It was designed to help them build their own plans for becoming inclusive newsrooms and welcoming new hires and fellows who may not see themselves reflected in the current staffs.


After participating in a Next Generation Radio fellowship Jan. of 2017, I was recruited to help promote future programs through social media and develop a strategy for reaching out to those who are underrepresented in the industry.


Moderator at ONA 2017

I had the pleasure of moderating an RSVP only workshop for: Inclusive Recruitment, Hiring and Retention with several prominent speakers. This workshop was focused primarily for hiring managers, or those who will soon be hiring managers, ready to make a commitment to more inclusive practices and
Human Resources or other recruiting personnel who want develop a more inclusive process -- and keep talent.


npr's next generation radio

Chosen as one of five fellows to kick off 2017, I spent a week in Phoenix, AZ with NPR's Next Gen Radio: a week-long digital journalism training project designed to give competitively selected participants, who are interested in radio and journalism, the skills and opportunity to report and produce their own multimedia story.

I chose to report on a topic near and dear to me: language preservation and the protection of a culture for future generations. I also took the liberty of recording the entire week, just for fun.

Disney to the rescue

Before the Navajo Nation Museum even existed, Manuelito Wheeler spent his childhood days playing in the dirt lot on which it stands today. On his playground, nestled between sandstone cliffs in northern Arizona, Wheeler was unaware of just how prominent a role this place would later play in his life.




Through the pursuit of my passion for writing, I landed a position with USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin and spent summer of 2016 in the good old midwest as a news reporting intern.

Here you can find some of my favorite stories I've reported
as well as my full portfolio for the Wausau Daily Herald. 


Most recently...

I co-authored the first chapter in Truth Counts: A Practical Guide for News Consumers.
My co-author Tom Rosenstiel and I set the tone for the rest of the book by breaking down the history of fake news, and why it's so important to take a "deep dive" into the definition of truth now.

 Jacob Byk/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Jacob Byk/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

Proposed city project leaves residents in limbo

WESTON - Stacy Golding purchased a trailer in Stillwater Landing Mobile Home Community last June as a temporary solution to a financial setback. She had a plan: Build her credit for four years, pay off her car and get out of there so she could own her own home again.



Wausau students buy custodian prosthetic arm

WAUSAU - Chong Lee remembers the explosion that took his arm. It’s 1968 and a group of Hmong children chase each other in the shade of the Laotian jungles that are their backyard. Their laughter, echoing through the village, is cut short by a loud explosion. Then another.


 T'xer Zhon Kha/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

T'xer Zhon Kha/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

 T'xer Zhon Kha/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

T'xer Zhon Kha/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

YMCA celebrates special member of 11 years

WAUSAU - Kevin Dodd ambles down the pool steps at the Woodson YMCA in downtown Wausau. He’s meeting a new client and sees his soon-to-be pupil working with a different instructor at the end of the pool. He removes his shoes and pads across the wet tiles toward them.

“Hi,” he says. “I’m Kevin,” and reaches his hand down for a shake. Travis Gunther grins, reaches up to take his hand, and pulls Dodd headfirst, clothes and all, into the water.




As a lover of new places, people and experiences, I was fortunate enough to write about traveling to Italy summer of 2015, both for the Daily Utah Chronicle and the University of Utah's Learning Abroad Office.

I was also involved in the production of two student films made with support and training by the Genova-Liguria Film Commission which was, to put it simply, an absolute dream.

il mare

During a five week stay in Genova, Italy, I wrote, directed and produced this student short film dedicated to one of my life long loves: the sea.


I also had the opportunity to write and act in my talented friend Maggie Glendenning's short film about (what else?) amore in Italy.


Award-Winning columns from Italy

I was honored to take home the Utah Press Association's 1st Place Best Feature Series award and the 1st place Mark of Excellence award for General Column Writing for the 5-part series I wrote while abroad.

Begin with part 1 - "A kitchen is just a kitchen" >>

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film + music

Sometimes I can't even believe that I get to write about the things I do. Each time I've interviewed a musician, covered a concert or reviewed a film, I've felt the same excitement as that initial interview my freshman year of college.

Growing up just south of the city that hosts the largest independent film festival in the United States, I've definitely taken advantage of Sundance and been fortunate enough to cover it several years in a row.

I've also had the opportunity to interview and cover bands like LIGHTS, Matt & Kim, The Naked and Famous, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Head and the Heart, RKDN, Bastille and CHVRCHES to name a few.

 Connor Allen / Daily Utah Chronicle

Connor Allen / Daily Utah Chronicle

CHVRCHES crushes it at The Complex

After a well-received performance from opener Mansionair, the lights faded to black and an enormous roar erupted from the crowd, echoing off the walls of a packed Complex last night. The collective shriek continued until the steady beats of CHVRCHES’ (pronounced ‘Churches’) first song greeted a restless Salt Lake City.



Lights talks songwriting, New Mexico & new album "Little Machines"

Canadian-born artist Lights signed her first deal at 15. Her unique sound and signature look has developed a cult following, and her fans have been looking forward to another album for a long time. Now on tour for her latest album “Little Machines,” I had the opportunity to chat with Lights about her music, Psalms, and how taking a break from life can be the best thing a person could do.



Sundance: Something every Utahn can be proud of

As a Utah native who rarely takes advantage of the stunning backdrop that is my birthplace, I am all too familiar with the nonchalance that seems to plague us oblivious Utahns. There are some that don’t even bat an eye at the stunning red canyons a few hours south of Salt Lake or the skyscraping mountains that stand proud behind us.