About Katie Morell

My investigative journalism career started at age five.

Back then, I was a reporter on assignment—or so I thought—interviewing neighbors and friends with my clenched wrist as a microphone. My camera crew, a.k.a Dad hooked up to an 80-pound Betamax video recorder, diligently followed me, catching every word of exactly how a kite got stuck in a tree, how my sister felt about her Cheerios or what my Mom was doing in the kitchen. I was destined to be a news anchor.

This thought followed me all the way to journalism school at Michigan State University, but after my first day of an internship at a local news station, I knew life in front of the camera wasn't for me. I had a passion for writing stories, so I switched to print journalism and never looked back.

For the past 10 years, I've been to incredible places, all for the sake of a story. I’ve balanced on the edge of a 1,109-foot building in Asia, handled tranchulas in the Peruvian Amazon, interviewed teens in drug rehab, floated above deserts in hot air balloons, and sang in front of thousands at a Chicago Cubs' opening day baseball game. I am passionate about getting to the root of an issue, learning all there is to know about the people involved and conveying the story’s larger meaning to the reader.

Previously, I worked as an editor for Meetings Media, publisher of business travel magazines Meetings West, Meetings East, Meetings South, and Meetings MidAmerica. My experience also includes time as a correspondent reporting from Michigan's state capitol and a crime reporter for a Detroit suburb. Today I am a full-time freelancer in San Francisco and a proud member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.

My credits include Bloomberg Businessweek, Men's Health, San Francisco Magazine, BBC Travel, Fast Company, USA TODAY, Hemispheres, Crain's Chicago Business, American Express OPEN Forum, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Global Traveler, University of Nebraska Magazine, Brandeis Magazine, University of Chicago Magazine, among others.

When I am not chasing a story, you can find me running, practicing yoga, traveling (recently returned from a year in Asia, Australia and New Zealand), or spending time with my husband, Tyler, and beagle, Lucy.

On assignment in Macau, 2005

"I've been very pleased with Katie's promptness and professionalism. Her pieces are always thoroughly researched and delivered on time. She's very pleasant to work with, and I highly recommend her as a freelance contributor!”

-Erika Hueneka, Senior Editor, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

Katie Morell specializes in feature writing, breaking news and corporate communications.