Kasey D. Meredith


Energetic, data embracing, social media driven digital centered journalist with an all-stakes-get-it-done attitude.




The Bakersfield Californian
Centennial sophomore earns perfect ACT test score

Like any other fifteen-year-old, Angelina Cho likes playing video games, participating in clubs at her school and gardening. But unlike other teenagers and high schoolers, she has earned a perfect score on the ACT, or American College Testing. "I was jumping up and down when I got the letter," Angelina said.

The Bakersfield Californian
Suburban bourbon: Bakersfield community giving whiskey a shot

Bakersfield is thousands of miles away from Tennessee, but local curiosity about whiskey is starting to rival that Southern stronghold of spirits. To wit: Last December, Wade Bowen of Bowen's Spirits announced he was moving into the old Vincent's Building to open a distillery, expanding his reach onto 18th Street.

The Bakersfield Californian
Healing through the power of music

Isaac Kim didn't think reading an article on the link between memory, the elderly and music would lead him to front a nonprofit when he was a high-school freshman Music of Bakersfield is a group of volunteers that plays classical music at nursing and retirement homes in Bakersfield.

The Bakersfield Californian
The power of support groups

Eliza Lyday didn't expect a theater program to be therapeutic, but it ended up being exactly what she needed. Lyday has been to traditional therapy sessions here and there, but being able to see her troubles on stage, as an outsider, she was able to navigate and open up to her friends about her mom going through cancer treatment.

The Bakersfield Californian
Shaken by tragedy, shooting survivors to marry thanks to nonprofit

A spark developed between Jordanne Barr, 24, and Jordan Adamcyzk, 26, while working together at an Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Bakersfield. For eight months, their friendship accelerated and Barr remembered thinking whatever girl Jordan got to marry was lucky. Adamcyzk knew that Barr was the one.

The Bakersfield Californian
Biomedical innovation right in Bakersfield's backyard

The overarching goal of health care and hospitals is to get patients healed as soon as possible. Time is a devious element in all wings of the hospital. But with biomedical technological advancements, that light at the end of the tunnel is appearing brighter and brighter.

The Bakersfield Californian
For these game players, it's more about community than competition

For Curtis Cargill, his fondest childhood memories are of games and creative pursuits. Along with building with LEGOs, he gave his G.I. Joes and other action figures custom paint jobs and playing tabletop games with his older brother, Otto.

The Sumter Item
Mmm, mmm, good!

A group of former Campbell's Soup factory workers meets on the first Saturday of the month at Golden Corral in Sumter. The plant closed 25 years ago, and they've been meeting ever since. On the anniversary of Campbell's' closing, former employee ...

The Bakersfield Californian
Aera Academy educates and inspires fifth-graders with hands-on lessons

Not every fifth-grader who eats a cupcake immediately exclaims, "I got oil!" But for the fifth-graders from Ramon Garza Elementary School, almost everyone struck a chocolatey core Wednesday at the Aera Energy Academy. Cupcakes were only a segment of the plentiful hands-on explanation of the oil industry at the Academy.

The Bakersfield Californian
Sikh Peace Parade advocates service, unity in Bakersfield

Mill Creek Park was bustling with colorful saris, Indian food and Sikh and non-Sikhs alike. This Sunday, the Sikh Peace Parade started out at Mill Creek Park and its attendees strolled down 18th Street, celebrating the birth of Sikhism. The Peace Parade isn't only a Bakersfield event.

The Bakersfield Californian
Murray Family Farms delivers family fun with Berry Fests

The absence of warmer nights delayed the blueberry festival this weekend, but Murray Family Farms still has plenty of fun to dish out during its BerryFest season. Instead of a blueberry festival, Murray Family Farms put on a strawberry festival, during which dozens of families picked the 200-seeded red berry this Sunday.

The Bakersfield Californian
Kern Dance Alliance's Master Class helps Bakersfield youth reach goals

Lena Smallwood practices dance Monday through Saturday, but one day she was practicing a port de bras at the barre and everything just clicked. A basic ballet move used to develop gracefulness in dancers' arm movements made Smallwood realize this was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.

The Bakersfield Californian
Hats off for heart health awareness at Adventist Health Bakersfield's NICU

The big day of love, Feb. 14, isn't just reserved for romantic antics. For babies in Adventist Health Bakersfield's neonatal intensive care unit, Valentine's Day came in the form of knitted caps smaller than a Valentine's Day card. Red, one-of-a-kind hats were placed on these sleeping babies for a cause larger than keeping their noggins warm - heart health awareness.

The Bakersfield Californian
The gift of life: being an organ donor

Driver's licenses contain important information. Your address, date of birth and a conspicuous pink dot that has life-saving properties. That pink dot is what makes you a registered organ donor and decides life or death for others. Only it's not just life or death, but also being part of a family, preserving memories and creating new ones.

The Bakersfield Californian
Behind the beard: What it takes to be Santa

Not just anyone can put on a red and white suit, a beard and shout a couple of "ho ho hos" and be Santa. No, being a meet-and-greet Santa requires the perfect blend of charisma, patience and stamina to withstand hours of children screaming, tugging, crying, storytelling and parents trying to get the perfect photo.

The Bakersfield Californian
Shoe-rly ridiculous: The flawed design of the high heel

A sleek, pointed tip with five little piggies squished inside elongates to a steep arch, traveling up to the top of the structure via a squeezing, narrow hallway. Anything less than humble, this structure dramatically drops straight down 5 inches, a narrow, beveled passageway. If it sounds ridiculous, well, that's because it's the high heel.

The Bakersfield Californian
RX Dog: the healing powers of dogs

C aitlin Wren wouldn't have been able to finish high school or leave her house regularly if it wasn't for Jenny. Anxiety had taken over her life and no matter whom she was with, it became unbearable to be outside her home.

The Bakersfield Californian
Our Town: A Christian and a Muslim walk into a studio

Bob Prater and Emad Meerza debate anything from what to order for breakfast to what the intent of sharia is. Prater and Meerza host the podcast "A Christian and a Muslim Walk into a Studio," where both past Bakersfield religious leaders discuss what they term "hot-button issues" from their respective perspectives.

The Sumter Item
Bodybuilding: Less about vanity than about confidence

As they applied a third coat of spray tan and glue on their swimwear, bodybuilders from throughout South Carolina prepared for the final deliberations at the South Carolina Body Building Championship at Sumter Opera House on Saturday. But even given ...

Don't look away: How one artist's work spurs conversation on sexual assault

Allison Dunavant doesn't want you to look away from her paintings even though the artwork depicts the violence and sheer terror of sexual assault. The Myrtle Beach native wants viewers of her artwork to confront emotionally what her family had to confront when a close family member was raped- fear, disbelief, vulnerability, pain.

25 years later who still believes Anita Hill?

Kara Simmons and Lois Duke Whittaker are two generations apart but still believe Anita Hill. Twenty-five years ago Anita Hill testified against Supreme Court Justice nominee Clarence Thomas claiming he had sexually harassed her several times during several job postings.

Columbia Voice
Main Street Bakery's owner shares her Southern roots through her sweets

Dana Myers knew she wanted to be a baker ever since her mom gave her an Easy-Bake Oven and her grandmother taught her how to make pound cakes. She started out selling her sweets at hair salons. Now she owns Main Street Bakery, which got national attention when Hillary Clinton stopped by.

City of greens: Sustainability in Columbia

Audrey Jones strives to be sustainable every day of her life, a decision she said she made the day before her 16 th birthday on March 24, 1989, the day of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. "That was the catalyst," Jones says of the devastating multi-million dollar oil spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound.

The Garnet & Black
Constant Conversation: Social media's role in activism

On Monday, Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m., students on USC's campus promptly left class and traveled to the Longstreet Theatre. Clad in black, they proceeded to march down the Horseshoe to meet with the administrators and demanded their needs be met.

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