“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, and a generalist, I offer sophisticated skills and broad experience, with my freelance work published in the Financial Times, The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, Marie Claire, The American Prospect and many others in Canada and Europe. 

For new digital sites like AARP’s The Arrow and the NYT’s health section, Well, I brought in stories that initially appeared impossible – able to find and persuade even the most reluctant sources to discuss difficult issues with me on the record. I bring incisive questions – and a compassionate and empathetic heart.

My editors receive clean, compelling stories ready for publication. When working with content marketers, like the Lustgarten Foundation and the John Brown Agency, I bring the same deep reporting, thoughtful analysis and enthusiasm your clients need and deserve.

Great stories demand great writing!

I’m proud of my two books of national reporting: “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.

Please follow me on Twitter and Instagram at CaitlinKellyNYC. 

My 13-year-old multi-topic blog has more than 23,000 followers.

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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The comfort of the familiar

September 23

By Caitlin Kelly I love novelty and new adventures, exploring places I’ve never been, meeting people for the first time. I really crave it and miss it…Covid made this much more obvious to me since it denied so much of this, and still does. But, like many/most people, I also take tremendous comfort in the …

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