Kelsey Hamlin


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 since left the journalism world and now work at Sightline Institute as their communications associate. I’m both saddened and relieved to have left the journalism world.

I am now in an industry that values my work, monetarily, self-care-wise, you name it, which are all things the journalism industry does not do internally (not to even speak of what goes on outside the workplace itself). Then there’s the struggles with egos, the Trump administration, elitism, and business models that can and most often do make journalism a fundamental wreck today. I’ll probably still occasionally post here when I have thoughts on journalism—and I do have a lot of them. It won’t ever really go away.

This is what I did in with 3/4 of my 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
  • 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

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

My primary clips can be accessed here

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

I felt my route in journalism involved the moment legalities, systems and policies touch people’s everyday lives. Now, it still kind of does. I focus on systemic issues around sustainability (environment, the Thin Green Line, fossil fuels, housing, transportation). And I do media outreach.

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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