Earthfix/KCTS9 Reporter

Katie Campbell

Katie Campbell is a multimedia journalist at KCTS 9, the public television station in Seattle. Her journalism experience runs the gamut from newspaper writing and editing to photojournalism, documentary filmmaking and multimedia projects. Katie grew up on a flower farm in southern Minnesota. After completing her undergraduate degree in journalism at St. Catherine’s University, she worked as an enterprise reporter at daily newspapers in Minnesota and Florida. She holds a master’s degree in narrative journalism from the University of Oregon. Prior to joining EarthFix, Katie was an instructor at the UO School of Journalism and Communication.

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Recent Articles


Can Northwest Forests Be Protected From Future Mega-Fires?

EarthFix | Feb. 3, 2015 12:30 a.m. | WINTHROP, Washington

The Carlton Complex wildfire burned more acres in Okanogan County than any other fire in Washington state history. Ecologists are trying to make forests more resilient now to help prevent these large-scale fires.

Communities | Environment

3 Ways Northwest Companies Are Turning Food Waste Into Energy

EarthFix | Nov. 19, 2014 1 a.m.

A pile of food waste can make rich compost for the garden. But some Northwest companies are going beyond composting and turning it into energy to power homes, race cars and city buses. Part three in [our series: What A Waste.](http://www.opb.org/news/series/food-waste/ "")

Flora and Fauna | Environment

Scientists Solve Mystery Of West Coast Starfish Die-Off

EarthFix | Nov. 17, 2014 noon

After months of research, scientists have identified the pathogen at the heart of the starfish wasting disease that’s been killing starfish by the millions along the Pacific shores of North America.

Communities | Energy | Sustainability | Food

Curbside Composting 101: Try This At Home

KCTS 9 | Nov. 17, 2014 1 a.m. | SEATTLE

You could say Lauren Ziemski is a bit of a composting guru. She’s been using Seattle’s curbside composting program since it started nearly a decade ago.  

Food | Communities | Energy | Sustainability | Environment

Grinding Up Grocery Waste

OPB | Nov. 15, 2014 4:29 p.m.

How a Washington company is turning supermarket food scraps into fertilizer.

Communities | Energy | Sustainability | Environment | Special Report: What A Waste

Sorting Out A ‘Fast Food’ Waste Problem

EarthFix | Nov. 15, 2014 3:53 p.m.

Taco Time Northwest, a Mexican-style fast food restaurant chain in Western Washington, found a simple solution to complicating garbage sorting -- they switched to all-compostable packaging.

Food | Communities | Energy | Sustainability | Environment | Special Report: What A Waste

Food Waste Racers

EarthFix | Nov. 15, 2014 3:08 p.m. | Monroe, Washington

Ethanol Made From Food Waste Takes Off

Food | Communities | Energy | Sustainability | Environment

The High Price Of Wasted Food

KCTS 9 | Nov. 15, 2014 2:21 p.m.

Americans throw out enough food in one day to feed the entire Seattle metro area for two weeks. As the environmental costs of that waste add up, the city takes a new approach to keep food out of the landfill.

Communities | Energy | Sustainability | Environment | Special Report: What A Waste

3 Ways Northwest Companies Are Turning Food Waste Into Energy

EarthFix | Nov. 13, 2014 4:20 p.m.

A pile of food waste can make rich compost for the garden. But some Northwest companies are going beyond composting. We discovered three companies that are turning it into energy to power homes, race cars and city buses.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

Salmon Cannon Hits The Comedy Big-Time

EarthFix | Nov. 10, 2014 noon

This week on the HBO show Last Week Tonight, comedian John Oliver featured the salmon-transporting technology engineered by a Seattle-based company.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

Is Alaska Safe For Sea Stars?

EarthFix | Oct. 8, 2014 6:31 a.m.

A deadly disease has been wiping out West Coast starfish for more than a year. One place that has held off the disease the longest is Alaska. Researchers recently traveled there to search for new clues.

Land | Environment

We Are All To Blame For The Oso Slide

KUOW | Sept. 30, 2014 7 a.m.

As a geomorphologist, Dan Miller and other scientists knew the Stillaguamish Valley to be a hazardous place, long before the devastating slide occurred.

Environment | Water

Dying Starfish Could Get Help From Congress

EarthFix | Sept. 18, 2014 6:36 p.m.

The proposed Marine Disease Emergency Act would speed up the process for dedicating federal dollars to the study of sea star wasting syndrome and other marine disease outbreaks.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

Underwater Video: Starfish Die-offs Hit Hood Canal

EarthFix | June 17, 2014 5 p.m.

Seattle diver Laura James heard reports that starfish weren’t faring well in Washington’s Hood Canal, so she decided to check in on them. Watch a video of the sick and dying starfish she found underwater.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

Scientists Close In On What’s Killing Sea Stars

EarthFix | June 15, 2014 11 p.m.

Starfish are dying by the millions up and down the West Coast, leading scientists to warn of the possibility of localized extinction of some species. As the disease spreads, researchers may be zeroing in on a link between warming waters and the rising starfish body count.

Communities | Environment

'They Have To Go': The Environmental And Health Costs Of Portable Classrooms

EarthFix | May 7, 2014 1 a.m. | Puyallup, Washington

Cash-strapped schools are turning to portable classrooms in a big way. The up-front costs are lower, but there's a long-term price: high energy costs, poor air quality, and environmental health complaints. Part 1 in our series, Inside The Box.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

Wash. Puts Release Of Hatchery Steelhead On Hold

EarthFix | April 2, 2014 6:28 p.m.

State fish managers are halting their plans to release juvenile steelhead into Puget Sound rivers this spring. This decision comes in response to a lawsuit filed by wild fish advocates.

Environment | Water

An Undammed River's Sediment Brings New Life Downstream

EarthFix | March 11, 2014 4 a.m.

Today the Elwha looks like a free-flowing river. Recent storms have submerged the remaining 25 or so feet of the Glines Canyon dam.

Flora and Fauna | Environment

Is Fukushima Radiation Causing Pacific Starfish Die-offs?

EarthFix | Feb. 18, 2014 4 a.m.

Scientists point to evidence as to why they do not consider radiation a leading culprit for the mysterious syndrome that’s killing sea stars along the west coast of North America.

Environment | Water

Citizen Scientists Asked To Help Search For #SickStarfish

EarthFix | Jan. 29, 2014 11 p.m.

With thousands of miles of coastline in North America, scientists can’t be everywhere at once to keep an eye out for sick and dying starfish. A new web map channels posts to social media sites to track the real time spread of the disease.