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Kathy Hunt

Writer, journalist, editor

Location icon United States

I am an East Coast-based journalist, online content writer and editor, nonfiction author and photographer experienced in the fields of STEM, healthcare, environmental issues, culinary arts, travel and education. My nationally syndicated features have run in such newspapers as The Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and Baltimore Sun and online at MSN, Yahoo and Reuters. I have covered food, travel and sustainable living for such print magazines as VegNews, BackHome, and Town and Country Living. I am the author of two nonfiction books, "Fish Market" (Running Press, 2013) and "Herring: A Global History" (Reaktion Books, 2017). Additionally, I have served as a contributing writer to two other nonfiction books, "Entertaining from Ancient Rome to the Superbowl" (Greenwood, 2008) and "Start Your Own Microbrewery, Distillery, or Cidery" (Entrepreneur Media, 2015).

Adept at covering a range of topics, I write long-form STEM articles for Standardization News, the digital and print magazine of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) International. In 2019 I authored the first and tenth most read articles in the magazine. I also create and edit newsletters, press releases, online content and marketing materials in the fields of healthcare, education and social services. Furthermore, I manage social media campaigns and am versed in SEO, web analytics, content management and AP, AMA and Chicago style guides. My clients include nonprofit agencies, digital media companies, higher education, start-ups and a Fortune 100 company. Skilled at digital and 35mm photography and the photo editors Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Gimp, I supply the images for my articles as well as for the stock photo company Shutterstock.

Along with being an ardent and skilled writer, I am an eager traveler. To date, I have independently journeyed through 51 countries and six continents, collecting and working on story ideas wherever I roam. Equally passionate about education, I am an alumnus of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and hold two Master of Science degrees. When I'm not working or exploring the world, I volunteer at an after-school art program and mentor young writers and photographers. For further information about me and my work, please contact me at [email protected]

Portfolio

STEM Writing

Standardization News
05/01/2021
Plastics and the Circular Economy

For centuries, the global economy has been linear, taking, making, and discarding materials, often as single-use products. According to the World Bank, each year the world produces over 2 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste, much of which ends up in landfills. Wealthy countries, which represent about 16% of the world’s population, create 34%, or 683 million tonnes, of waste overall. Of the waste from these countries, 51% consists of materials that could be recycled but that have instead...

Standardization News
03/02/2021
Building to Weather the Storm

With extreme weather becoming more of a concern worldwide, new and revised standards are helping to build structures that can withstand whatever nature can throw at them – while additional outreach efforts build awareness.

Standardization News
01/04/2021
A Partnership to Prevent Infection

Preventing infection and disease transmission has been a primary goal of the global medical community for many years, particularly with regard to the medical equipment and devices used for a wide variety of purposes around the world. In fact, a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) covering data from 5,600 hospitals from 2015–2017 found that over 300,000 healthcare-associated infections were reported. Many were fatal.

Standardization News
11/02/2020
Representative Sampling of Cannabis

A critical issue in the growing field of cannabis and hemp is how to take a representative sample of a crop for testing. Help is on the way.

ASTM International
09/01/2020
Resilience Brochure

Resilience, a structure’s ability to withstand and recover from disaster, is a critical issue in today’s world. Building residents, building owners, lenders, and institutional investors alike are vulnerable to the negative impact of natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and wildfires.

Standardization News
07/01/2020
Drones Move into the Mainstream

In recent years, the world has witnessed a surge in the number of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) taking to the air. Commonly referred to as drones, these pilotless air vehicles have been embraced by millions, from hobbyists to commercial businesses to military personnel.

Standardization News
05/01/2020
Connected Exotechnology

Often used in industrial settings, exoskeletons can be, but are not always, connected to the internet. They are not to be confused with robots. Unlike robots, exoskeletons must be worn by humans in order to be operated.

Standardization News
05/01/2020
Safer Connected Consumer Products

We live in the age of Industry 4.0 or the fourth industrial revolution, an era in which factories and their products have become increasingly automated, self-monitoring, and computerized. One driver of this revolution is the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT refers to everyday devices that can collect, transmit, and receive information through the internet.

Standardization News
03/02/2020
Greener Building with Hempcrete

Ask someone to name a product containing hemp and most likely, he or she will mention consumables or clothing. Yet for centuries, humankind has used the Cannabis sativa plant’s woody stem in construction projects

Standardization News
11/01/2019
Autonomous Vehicles Move Forward

n recent years, the tech world has been abuzz over the prospect of autonomous unmanned ground vehicles (A-UGVs) being used in industry. From carrying out routine surveillance, maintenance, and deliveries to material handling and assembly line work, these machines promise increased productivity and efficiency across a wide range of applications.

Standardization News
08/01/2019
The Fight against PFAS

Since the 1940s, manufacturers and consumers around the world have made use of the nonstick, stain-repellant, and waterproofing properties of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). These manmade chemicals appear in everything from food packaging, cookware, and rain gear to sealants, floor waxes, and firefighting foams.

ASTM Standardization News
11/30/2018
Autonomous Flight

Standards and certification are the next steps toward the autonomous flight of pilotless aircraft.

Standardization News
05/31/2018
Building a Better Boot

Work on specialized combat boots is leading to the development of international performance standards.

ASTM Standardization News
11/30/2017
Connecting International Aviation Regulations

Regulations from European and U.S. aviation agencies demand adherence to rigorous safety standards. Specifications from ASTM International’s general aviation aircraft committee are the solution the industry and agencies need.

Food and Travel Writing

University of Chicago Press
Herring: A Global History

Though tiny, the herring has played an enormous role in history. Battles have been waged over it. International economic alliances have formed over it. Major cities owe their prosperity to it. Political powers have risen and fallen with herring's own rise and fall in population.

Wholesale Food Supplier Marketing
Explaining Sustainability

Sustainable. Increasingly we hear that word tossed about by colleagues, consumers, public figures and the media. What exactly does it mean? In today’s world more and more people base their meal choices on how their food has been raised or caught.

Agweek
Spirits rise with New York retro gins

Ask a New York history buff about Dorothy Parker or Chief Gowanus and you might hear a discourse on the legendary writer and wit or the leader of the Canarsie Native American tribe. Mention these names to a spirits enthusiast and instead you may be sidling up to a bar and sampling gins from the New ...

Kitchen Kat
03/18/2019
9 Tools for Grilling Seafood - Kitchen Kat

Whether you're a newcomer to or longstanding fan of seafood, the thought of grilling fish and shellfish can be intimidating. I used to worry about what would happen after I placed a delicate piece of fish onto a searing hot grill. I might cook it too long or not long enough.

VegNews
Vegan Glazed Turnip Galette

f you loved our “Destination Veg” piIf you won’t be fitting a trip to Ireland in this month, take heart. From Cork’s Café Paradiso, these galettes are a savory, delicious way to bid summer a fond adieu and bring the first hint of fall into your kitchen—no airfare required.

Other writing and editing

422 Business Advisor
Eco-Friendly Solutions for De-Cluttering and Cleaning

As the coronavirus pandemic soldiers on, people everywhere are spending an exorbitant amount of time at home. Today we not only eat and sleep but also work, study, play and vacation there. More time at home gives us more time to scrutinize our living spaces and realize that we own far too much stuff. From dust-covered pianos wedged into dining room corners to towers of cardboard boxes crammed into garages in which no car can park, we recognize the need to clean out and clean up our homes....

Montgomery County Community College
Student Success

"The curriculum I was taught at Montco in the biotech/biomanufacturing program helped me have a better understanding of how GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) works, understanding batch records, and have good documentation principles that are absolutely necessary when working anywhere in pharma," he says.

Montgomery County Community College
Navigating the FAFSA

Please note that you can apply after the priority deadline but you may miss out on funding opportunities. Also, your financial aid may not be processed in time for payment due dates. In other words, don't miss those deadlines!

Salvation Army Newsletter
A New Avenue for Aiding Foster Children

When child welfare worker Susan Guntz first heard the statistic at a 2004, Washington D.C., foster care symposium, she was stunned. “If one family in every three churches across our country adopted a child out of foster care, there would be no more children waiting for families,” says Mrs. Guntz, a mother of six, one of whom is her former foster son.

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