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Katie Roberts, Contributing Writer

Katie Roberts, contributing editor

Katie Roberts' father is the founder of a successful advertising agency, driven for decades by his knack for clever, concise writing. He's the one who kindly slashed out redundant words on my high school English papers. He's the one who listened to me recite "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" for my oral poetry exam. He's the one who taught me you can do what you love for a career. 

I grew up primarily in Pensacola, Fla. At some point in my upbringing—much later than I'd prefer to admit—I took note of how my grandfather and father were successful in following their passion. They pursued and excelled at two very different professions but both tapped their talent in writing. After earning a French degree at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., I moved west for my master's in journalism and mass communications from the University of Colorado at Boulder. After a brief stint as a television reporter, I accepted a job as managing editor of VOWS. Then, I went out on my own to freelance write/edit, and also started a nonprofit business alliance in which I spent a good deal of time writing about, promoting and advocating for small and independent businesses.

After spending approximately 15 years in Colorado and starting my own family in the breathtaking Colorado Rockies, a work relocation brought us to to the scenic Columbia River Gorge. It's Hood River, Ore., that I now call "home" and the place where I continue to operate my freelance writing and editing business."

Twitter: @HoodRiverWriter


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