My name is Kathryn Casteel. I'm a South Carolina native that did a stint in New York City, and now I'm back in old southern stomping grounds as an investigative reporter at the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama, reporting on criminal justice and economic justice issues in the South. Previously I was a staff writer at FiveThirtyEight.com. I've written about a variety of topics including criminal justice, public health, immigration, politics and gender issues, but I mainly focus my work on areas that touch on policy and its real impact on people. I graduated from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in December of 2016. There I studied elements of data and visual storytelling and concentrated in business and economic reporting. Since graduating, I've returned to CUNY a few times as an TA for the interactive journalism courses.
I've also covered business and real estate for Crain's New York Business and local business and politics for the Mott Haven Herald in the South Bronx. I've published work in Washington Post's The Lily, Quartz, and locally for the Spartanburg Herald-Journal in South Carolina.