Hometown: Her hometown is the U.S. Army. At one time or another, she's called North Carolina, Indiana, Germany, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Virginia, Hawaii and now, Florida her home.
Birthday: Nov. 27
Bio: Katie is the editor of Dunedin Patch. She spent six years in print journalism as a features reporter and editor at various Virginia newspapers before joining the government herd as a writer-editor at the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C.
At Patch, we promise always to report the facts as objectively as possible and otherwise adhere to the principles of good journalism. However, we also acknowledge that true impartiality is impossible because human beings have beliefs. So in the spirit of simple honesty, our policy is to encourage our editors to reveal their beliefs to the extent they feel comfortable. This disclosure is not a license for you to inject your beliefs into stories or to dictate coverage according to them. In fact, the intent is the opposite: we hope that the knowledge that your beliefs are on the record will cause you to be ever mindful to write, report and edit in a fair, balanced way. And if you ever see evidence that we failed in this mission, please let us know.
How would you describe your political beliefs?
I'm the product of a military upbringing. I'm an independent thinker with what most might consider conservative values. I do not identify with any particular political party. I do believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I admire and respect the forefathers of this United States of America, and I believe we are all obligated to be stalwart participants in democracy, and united in vigilance for the protection of our most sacred and fundamental liberties.
Are you registered with a certain party?
How religious would you consider yourself?
I am born and raised Roman Catholic and regularly attend Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Dunedin. I consider myself a devout. That said, I have the utmost respect for the dignity of each individual to choose his or her own traditions. I've been blessed enough to attend religious services of all kinds with friends of varying spiritual beliefs. I find the spiritual diversity absolutely enriching.
Local Hot-Button Issues
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community? Where do you stand on each of these issues?
Like lots of people living in Dunedin, I am a transplant, so I'm somewhat of a blank slate. I do know that you take great care in exercising economic planning and development so as not to lose your charm, your sense of culture, history or identity. I know Dunedin's residents are a vocal and engaged bunch, which is absolutely inspiring. I consider it my humble honor and duty to ensure that whatever the issue, it is reported here with truth, accuracy, compassion and respect.