I’m Kari, and I live in Pensacola, Florida, where I grew up and where you will find some of the prettiest, whitest beaches in the world.
As a kid, I was fascinated with putting words together, either to inform or entertain. I loved it all—spelling, grammar, reading and writing. Words were magic, and they took the shy little girl that I was to amazing places. In the fourth grade, I wrote the “gossip” column at my private Christian school (how’s that for irony?) and decided I would grow up to be a journalist.
After graduating high school, I enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I wrote for The Daily Tar Heel, proofread book jacket copy at the University of North Carolina Press and ultimately earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. My first reporting job was covering crime for a daily paper in the rural town of Kinston, North Carolina, where the tang of freshly cured tobacco in the air could knock you flat. Over the next 25 years, I worked in newsrooms across North Carolina, Virginia and Florida, writing about state and local government, education, crime, public health and more hurricanes than I care to remember. In the fall of 2016, I left the newsroom and transitioned into full-time freelancing.
Today I’m still hooked on words, and I write and edit a wide variety of products for multiple platforms and media outlets. In my free time, I like to travel, take photos, read, spend time with family and friends and walk my dog Maxx, a crazy-eyed runner who won’t fetch to save his life but has rescued me in more ways than I ever could have imagined.