Kathryn Roethel Rieck is a journalist and communications consultant living in Denver, Colo. Her career has taken her through newsrooms, universities, nonprofit organizations and state government, all tied together by storytelling.
She has held communications leadership roles at several renowned nonprofit organizations, including director of digital communication and marketing for Rocky Mountain PBS, communications director for The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, and writer at The Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. She started her career as a speechwriter for Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano.
In 2010, Kathryn earned her master’s degree from Stanford University’s Graduate Program in Journalism where she co-founded the Peninsula Press, the local news site where journalism students publish their reporting in conjunction with local media partners including the San Francisco Chronicle’s website and the Bay Area NPR affiliate, KQED. After graduation, the Stanford journalism program hired Kathryn as the Peninsula Press’s first managing editor. She was also a weekly contributor to The San Francisco Chronicle’s health section and Sunday Style section for five years.
Recently focused on data journalism, Kathryn is a contributor to 5280.com. She also co-authored a year-long reporting project, Owning My Own, which examined Denver-area small business startups in a time of the city’s record population growth. She has worked on consulting and contract projects with Denver’s Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute, and Stanford University’s John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship.
Originally from Prescott, Ariz., Kathryn earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science at Northern Arizona University in 2005. She was a finalist for the Rhodes and Truman scholarships.