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Katherine Lacaze

Freelance Writer

Location icon United States of America

I am an ardent logophile, located in the enchanting Pacific Northwest. My background and education is in journalism, but I'm regularly chasing opportunities to write in new ways and styles on a variety of topics. I love wielding words and language to help other people, groups and organizations share their stories in engaging, moving and accurate ways. Writing also is my method for communicating the thoughts, opinions and knowledge I possess and hold dear in order to connect with other humans and construct shared meaning.

I hold a bachelor's degree in communications with a focus on journalism. Over the years, I've written hundreds of news and feature articles for various publications, covering a variety of topics including local and state government; business and development; social and environmental issues; health and wellness; education; and community events. My commercial work includes more than 200 assignments, from blog and social media posts to web and newsletter content, for clients across the country.

Warning: She Comes With Slime

It's a Saturday evening, and I'm racing around my bedroom in a sweaty crop top and mud-smeared leggings, frantically vacuuming the small space to make it look marginally cleaner than the rest of our home. I glance at my phone for the time. It reads 6:12 p.m.

Hipfish Monthly Magazine
Coping in the Time of COVID-19

The crisis is illuminating economic inequity with distressing contrasts throughout the county. Working from home and continuing to support a family is easier with a white-collar job, not to mention benefits are better protected. The closing of daycares and schools has a more severe impact on single parents already struggling to make ends meet than families supported by two incomes. Social distancing is less taxing in a large home with outdoor living spaces than in a cramped apartment,...

Discover Our Coast
Relic hunters beachcomb and mudlark on the North Coast

After millennia of indigenous peoples living on the land, two centuries of European exploration and inhabitancy, and scores of shipwrecks off the coast, the Columbia-Pacific has a treasure trove of historical artifacts waiting to be uncovered.

Cannon Beach Gazette
Icefire Glassworks brings artistry, alchemy together

Watching a glass artist at work, it can be difficult to detect the premeditation and reasoning behind their series of actions, which at times come across curious and confusing. As the process continues, however, a shape emerges, colors become visible, and the finesse and precision prompting the artist's movements and choices manifest into a resplendent piece of glasswork.

The Daily Astorian
County's high C-section rate sparks questions

About a third of Clatsop County babies were delivered through cesarean sections this year through March. That is roughly twice the amount recommended by the World Health Organization.From 2008 to 2014, of the more than 3,200 births countywide, about 29.3 percent were deliveries via cesareans. Vagina

Dead Anchovies Swamp Coastal Oregon River

Thousands of dead anchovies are lining the banks of a coastal river in Oregon. It's the result of oxygen depletion -- a natural occurrence every few years when an unusually large school of anchovies moves from the ocean to the river.

Coast Weekend
Holiday classic 'The Nutcracker' comes to life anew

A 44-year tradition in Astoria predicated on a ballet that premiered in 1892, the Little Ballet Theatre's "The Nutcracker" production continues evolving and assuming new variations that make it simultaneously a holiday staple and an ever-changing experience for audiences from ye

The Daily Astorian
Timber project raises concerns about public process

The city is moving ahead with a timber harvesting project on its property in the Necanicum Watershed with little input from the Necanicum Watershed Council, North Coast Land Conservancy and the public.Despite a request by the land conservancy that the city temporarily halt its harvest to discuss har

Deep-earth creations among Luray Caverns' many attractions

Gentle, artificial light bounces off natural columns, bobbles, spikes and folds of rock embraced in the heart of the Luray Caverns in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. The expansive yet intricate caverns, a U.S. Natural Landmark, are worthy of an individual visit.

Richmond Times-Dispatch
Foundation aims to restore, preserve Blue Ridge Tunnel

The inky black hole carved out of greenstone in the mid-1800s opens into a tunnel 700 feet beneath Rockfish Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Drips of water sparkle in the cool air in front of the Blue Ridge Tunnel's east portal in Afton, heralding the restoration and reopening of the tunnel to the public.

The Seattle Times
'Lack of authenticity' leads Oregon's Seaside Museum to cut program

Citing a "lack of authenticity," the National Park Service will no longer support a Seaside Museum and Historical Society signature program. Share story SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) - The Seaside Museum and Historical Society is scrambling to find new support for "The Saltmakers Return to Seaside," the museum's signature historical program, after the National Park Service pulled out as a sponsor because the event lacked authenticity.

Coast Weekend
The rainbow connection: Astoria Pride celebrates LGBTIQ+ community

Coming from a conservative upbringing in Utah, Cannon Beach resident Richard Bowman used to assume Pride events were "a way of flaunting one's sexuality.""But being away from Utah, and seeing what Pride is really about, it's exactly the opposite," said Bowma

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