Alumni Spotlight: Katie Kather
Katie Kather recently completed a
six-month internship at WBEZ Chicago Public Radio before getting hired at Minnesota Public Radio.
Kather said that ever since she decided to pursue a career in
journalism, she wanted to work in radio and dreamed of being at WBEZ in
“I like the culture of public radio,” she said. “I like using sound to enhance stories.”
While at the Chicago station, Kather cultivated her reporting and producing
skills while covering a variety of events in the Chicago area for the
Arts and Culture desk. When her internship, originally slated for three
months, was extended to six, she had the opportunity to produce short
segments and non-narrated features.
Before the internship ended, Kather completed her first radio feature - a story about a former prison inmate who is trying to use yoga as a way to help people avoid violence.
She was given the opportunity to pitch her story, complete all necessary
reporting and produce the final piece for the station.
Kather received a great deal of positive feedback, and was told it was
great to see a story about Chicago that wasn’t
She described her experience at WBEZ as rewarding overall, and said she
is open to applying for a position there if and when one becomes
“The culture there is phenomenal,“ Kather said.