Kelsey Hamlin

I have since left the journalism world and now work at Sightline Institute as their communications associate. Leaving the journalism industry makes me feel both saddened and relieved.

I felt my route in journalism involved the moment legalities, systems and policies touch people’s everyday lives. Now, my career still centers these moments. I focus on systemic issues around sustainability (environment, the Thin Green Line, fossil fuels, housing, transportation, voting rights). I also create graphics, collaborate in teams, manage social media, lead Seattle Neighbors, and do press and allied organization outreach.


The printing press that I walked by countless times nearly every day in the University of Washington’s Communications building. (Photo by Agatha Pacheco-Flores)

I have transitioned to an industry that values my work–evident by compensation, healthcare, and self-care–which are all things the journalism industry does not do internally (not to mention what goes on around the industry itself, in the public eye). Then there’s the egos, the Trump administration, elitism, and business models that can and most often do make journalism the fundamental wreck it is today. I still have thoughts on, and deep cares for journalism. Those won’t ever really go away.

This is what I did in with three of my four years as a full-time undergraduate and one year after:

  • Freelanced primarily with nonprofit publications South Seattle Emerald and International Examiner
  • Journalism B.A. from the University of Washington (UW) with Interdisciplinary Honors and a minor in Law, Societies & Justice
  • Won finalist in Breaking News Reporting and Online News Reporting (across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) for the Society of Professional Journalists’ (SPJ’s) 2017 Mark of Excellence Awards.
  • Won runner-up for Best in Health & Science Reporting (across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington) for the SPJ’s 2016 Excellence in Journalism
  • Internships at The Seattle TimesKCTS9’s Spark Public, and South Seattle Emerald
  • Reported for the UW’s student-run newspaper, The Daily
  • President (2016-2017) and VP (2015-2016) of the Society of Professional Journalists UW student chapter (2014-2018)

Categorical expertise: Politics, housing, legalities and policies, immigration, and homelessness.

Some of my favorite clips can be accessed here

There’s a separate website for my undergraduate experience and what I accomplished.

One comment

  1. Kelsey, please get in touch if you are interested in some history on the model that actually worked in the 90’s. This is a great example of for-profit privatization of a government service with crappy consequences. Can give you contacts of other people to interview as well.


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