“Kelly is a
first-rate researcher
and storyteller”

– USA Today –

An award-winning journalist
with a Global perspectivE

A former reporter for three major dailies, most recently the New York Daily News, I offer sophisticated skills and broad experience, published in The New York Times, Washington  Post, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, Marie Claire, The American Prospect and many others in Canada and Europe. 

My two books of nationally reported non -fiction are “Blown Away: American Women and Guns”, (Pocket Books), called “groundbreaking and invaluable”, and “Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail” (Portfolio), a candid look at low-wage work in the United States.

The most demanding readers long remember my writing, like the editor of Marie Claire who --- in 2019 – recalled my 2011 personal essay for the magazine about a week at a silent Buddhist retreat.

My photos have appeared in Time, the Toronto Star, Washington Post, New York Times and others; I offer an annual workshop at the Northern Short Course for news photographers. My Instagram account: CaitlinKellyNYC. 

My multi-topic blog has close to 23,000 followers, begun in 2009. I won my National Magazine Award in Canada for a humor essay about my divorce.


Visually-driven, attention-getting, omnivorous. I tell stories that shed light on the world writ large.



As a reporter, I delete ineffective pitches daily, and know what busy journalists want. I’ll help you create compelling narratives.



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Why emotional armor is useful now

August 11

    By Caitlin Kelly One of the things that marks a hard news journalist is that, for better or worse,  we wear, and take pride in wearing, a sort of emotional armor. I started my professional writing career at 19 and even then was assigned some emotionally difficult work — like a story for …

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