Katherine is a writer, editor and journalist who talks mostly about politics, puppies, periods and crushing the patriarchy. She believes in the cathartic power of train crying, sleeping late and kissing dogs she meets on the street. Her work has appeared via Public Radio International (PRI), WNYC, The Daily Dot, Women's Health, MTV News, Medium, The Mighty and more.

Latest Articles

How This 18-Year-Old Turned A Backyard Hobby Into A Philanthropic Empire

For kids growing up in Los Angeles, lemonade stands are just something you do. When you’ve got a lemon tree in your yard, like Lulu Cerone did, it’s a natural way to spend a free afternoon with your friends. So, when Cerone found herself overwhelmed …
By Katherine Speller

Trump's Lawyer Forwards Bizarre Email Declaring Terrorists Infiltrated Black Lives Matter

After a problematic week of messaging from President Donald Trump and those in his circle, his personal lawyer forwarded an email that said, among other things, that terrorists infiltrated Black Lives Matter. Trump's lawyer, John Dowd, forwarded the …
By Katherine Speller

Merriam-Webster Says People Are Wondering About These Words After Charlottesville

In the aftermath of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the violence that followed, and President Donald Trump's underwhelming responses, it seems Americans are taking to Google to try to make sense of all the conversations — li…
By Katherine Speller

These Photos Of The Charlottesville Candlelit Vigil Are Hauntingly Beautiful

Crowds of hundreds of people once again filled the lawn at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville on Wednesday night — this time, lighting up the campus with candles instead of torches at a vigil honoring victims injured and killed during Char…
By Katherine Speller

Universities Are Canceling Richard Spencer Events Left & Right

Following the white nationalist protests that turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, colleges are cancelling white nationalist events over safety concerns. Both Texas A&M and University of Florida announced this week that unive…
By Katherine Speller

Trump Still Hasn't Reached Out To Charlottesville Victim Heather Heyer's Family

Although the president has given several statements (with varying success) following the white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, Trump still hasn't reached out to Heather Heyer's family, The Hill reported. Heyer, 32,…
By Katherine Speller

Stephen Colbert Brutally Unpacks Everything Wrong With Trump's Charlottesville Statements

After a weekend of increasingly off-putting and tone-deaf statements from the president about the white supremacist protests that turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia, late-night hosts have their hands full. In his monologue on Tuesday night's…
By Katherine Speller

Michael Moore & Mark Ruffalo Take Broadway Audiences On A "Field Trip" To Trump Tower

Following a showing of Michael Moore's Broadway play on Tuesday, the audience was invited to head over to Trump Tower (where President Donald Trump is currently staying) with Moore and Mark Ruffalo (via bus) to protest Trump's response to the violenc…
By Katherine Speller

Ivanka's Non-Response To Trump's Third Charlottesville Speech Let America Down

After President Donald Trump interrupted an infrastructure-themed speech with some off-script remarks about the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the silence from his daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner was…
By Katherine Speller

Tucker Carlson Made The Most Offensive Argument About Slavery

It seems like the most natural things to condemn — like white supremacy and neo-nazism — have become sort of a struggle for some people in politics and media at this particular culture moment. In a broadcast on Tuesday night, Fox's Tucker Carlson's s…
By Katherine Speller

Even Fox News Can’t Believe What The President Said About Charlottesville

President Donald Trump delivered some additional off-script remarks about the violent alt-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend during a speech that was supposed to be about infrastructure. Following his doubling down on the "man…
By Katherine Speller

We Need To Talk About White Women & White Supremacy

Over the weekend, a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia turned violent after white nationalists took to the streets, leading to many conversations about race relations in Trump's America. Although the faces of the Charlottesville "Unite the Right" pro…
By Katherine Speller

Protesters Swarm Trump Tower To Give The President Anything But A Warm Welcoming

For the first time since his inauguration (and the various protests that followed), President Donald Trump returned home to Trump Tower in New York City on Monday. Flanked by protesters, the president's welcome was less-than-warm with more than a tho…
By Katherine Speller

You Can Help This Man Who Was Injured Saving His Fiancée From The Charlottesville Car Attack

Protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, ended tragically on Saturday when an alleged "Unite The Right" rally attendee drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters peacefully marching against white supremacists — killing one woman and injuring doze…
By Katherine Speller

Pregnant Inmates Are Still Being Shackled, Handcuffed, & Restrained During Childbirth

For Sen. Cory Booker, reforming the way the criminal justice system treats women in prison isn't about politics, it's about dignity. While female inmates face a number of challenges, one of the most shocking realities of prison life is the practice o…
By Katherine Speller

Pregnant Inmates Are Still Being Shackled, Handcuffed, & Restrained During Childbirth

For Sen. Cory Booker, reforming the way the criminal justice system treats women in prison isn't about politics, it's about dignity. While female inmates face a number of challenges, one of the most shocking realities of prison life is the practice o…
By Katherine Speller

North Korea & Russia's Friendly Relationship Goes Way Back

With escalating rhetoric from both U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday, international relations with North Korea are at the forefront of the collective American mind. Given the nature of Russia's role in America…
By Katherine Speller

Maine Can Enforce Its State Noise Law To Protect Abortion Clinics From Protesters

Vicious protesting outside of abortion clinics has been a cause for concern in cities across the country, but that could change after a recent first U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision. On Tuesday, a three judge panel ruled that Portland, Maine, p…
By Katherine Speller

This Is Why North Korea Is Threatening To Attack Guam

North Korean State Media reported that North Korea is considering a plan to strike Guam with missiles, further escalating the rhetoric after comments from from President Donald Trump on Tuesday promising a response of "fire and fury" to threats to th…
By Katherine Speller

You Need These Mike Pence "Disgraceful & Offensive" Jokes In Your Life Right Now

Vice President Mike Pence accidentally gave the Internet the most perfect catch-all phrase while responding to a New York Times report that he was supposedly seeking to run for president in 2020. Denouncing claims he would run if Trump doesn't seek a…
By Katherine Speller