Originally from Verona, Wisconsin, Kat decided early on that she was going to interact with the world outside of the prairies on which grew up. She chose to start learning Japanese at age six, and at 16, became an exchange student in Okinawa, Japan. She studied Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and spent her junior year abroad studying Arabic and regional politics at the University of Jordan.
Always curious, Kat focused on journalism at university, learning how to ask thoughtful questions, and seek answers to tell the world’s stories. With a background in classical music, theater, art, and sports, Kat understands there are many ways to connect with people beyond language. Still, she speaks Japanese and Arabic conversationally, is learning Spanish, and always picks up a few phrases everywhere she goes.
Today, she has visited more than 30 countries, and has a growing collection of foreign currency from her travels.