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Katie Meier

What is your role at the magazine and how long have you been with K&L Media?

I have been working at K&L Media since May as part of the intern team. With three other interns, I write, check facts, conduct research, and sometimes take photographs. Since starting here, I have worked on 8 Great Tastes, compiled the Agenda, Culinary Events, and Literary Events. I have also had the chance to interview community members for a multitude of stories. One of my favorites stories I’ve worked on was about Access Bellingham, a community class that teaches students how to shoot, light, and direct their own videos for the city’s public-access television station.

What is your background?

I was born and raised in Orange County, California. Because I grew up there, I have a huge appreciation for warm weather and the beach. When I graduated from high school I knew that staying in California wasn’t in the cards for me, so I packed my boxes into the car and made the 20-hour drive up the coast to Bellingham. Moving up here was quite a shock. The weather was different, the culture was different, the plants were different, but I love it all. I have lived here for five years studying journalism at Western Washington University. I just recently graduated in June and l look forward to entering the workforce and becoming a full-blown, employed adult.

What is your favorite part of working for a regional lifestyle magazine?

The reason I like writing for K&L Media is the exact reason I decided to become a journalist in the first place. I love being able to share local people’s stories, whether it be how they started their business, why they started it in the first place, or how they discovered their passion. Everyone has a unique perspective, or a story people deserve to hear. And I like being the one who tells it.

What are some of your hobbies and interests?

I crave adventure and travel. When I stay in one place for too long I get restless. I love going to places I’ve never been before and spending as much time as I possibly can there. I got lucky growing up in California. I never struggled with a shortage of places to explore. In the next year I have trips planned to Catalina Island in California, Yosemite National Park, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Cambodia, and Greece. We are only on this Earth for a limited amount of time, so I’m going to see as much of it as I can.