Caitlin Kelly

Writer and Editor




Why Assign to Me?

I offer terrific skills, thanks to my work as a staff reporter and feature writer for three major dailies, the national Globe and Mail in Toronto, Canada, the Gazette in Montreal and most recently, in 2005 and 2006, the New York Daily News.

I've also been writing freelance for The New York Times since 1989, from the sailing beat to business, book reviews to real estate.

Hire me to find the right sources quickly, interview them in depth and write for you, easily delivering within hours when necessary. Take advantage of my hard-news expertise, and my fluent French and excellent Spanish, for projects demanding thoughtful, incisive reporting.

I've won exclusive interviews, from convicted murderers to the woman who kept former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani alive - his female NYPD bodyguard - on 9/11. An extremely skilled interviewer, I've compassionately coaxed many difficult stories from victims of trauma, injury and illness.

My copy arrives on your desk clean, engaging and accurate.

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  Making a Living (and a Life) Abroad
New York Times : January 5, 2014
  For Monika Zych and Sandy McGill, becoming car designers for BMW started with Matchbox toy cars, racing the tiny replicas around the living room as little girls...
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  A Woman's Touch, Still a Rarity in Car Design
New York Times : October 29, 2013
  For Monika Zych and Sandy McGill, becoming car designers for BMW started with Matchbox toy cars, racing the tiny replicas around the living room as little girls...
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  Tarrytown, N.Y., Charms Residents and Retailers
New York Times : July 2, 2013
  Maybe it's the regular shows at the 128-year-old music hall. Or the 38-minute express rail commute to Grand Central Terminal. Perhaps it's the attractive new housing developments on the Hudson River or being named one of the nation's 10 prettiest towns...
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  Where the Artists Are the Superheroes
New York Times : April 27, 2013
  When Tchae Measroch leaves work, his hands usually bear a fresh cut or bruise. He works, often on his knees, in a small room crowded with an odd mix of items: a dried-grass hula skirt, a car door, baseball bats, swords and knives of varying length...
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  An E.V. That Wraps Around a Wheelchair
New York Times : April 19, 2013
  For years, Stacy Zoern, a Texas lawyer who lives alone and uses a 400-pound power wheelchair, yearned for more independence. Because of a neuromuscular condition, Ms. Zoern, 33, has never walked, and...
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  Over 50, and Under No Illusions
New York Times : January 12, 2013
  It's a baby boomer's nightmare. One moment you're 40-ish and moving up, the next you're 50-plus and suddenly, shockingly, moving out - jobless in a tough economy. Too young to retire, too old to start over...
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  Forgoing College to Pursue Dreams
New York Times : September 15, 2012
  Eden Full should be back at Princeton by now. She should be hustling to class, hitting the books, acing tests. In short, she should be climbing that old-school ladder toward a coveted spot among America's future elite. She isn't doing any of that...
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  It's Not Billions, but It Can Help Rescue an Artist
New York Times : June 2, 2012
  Maybe it's no surprise that a yellow-brick road winds through the Googleplex. Step onto Google's campus here - with its indoor treehouse, volleyball court, apiaries, heated toilet seats and, yes, Oz-style road - and you might think you've just sailed over the rainbow...
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  O.K., Google, Take a Deep Breath
New York Times : April 28, 2012
  Maybe it's no surprise that a yellow-brick road winds through the Googleplex. Step onto Google's campus here - with its indoor treehouse, volleyball court, apiaries, heated toilet seats and, yes, Oz-style road - and you might think you've just sailed over the rainbow...
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  Amid the City, Learning to Survive in the Wild
New York Times : October 27, 2011
  Twenty feet away from the dogs and children playing on the grass, deep inside a Central Park thicket, the city almost disappears. A street lamp shines through the leafy canopy, and runners and cyclists race past...
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  A Ball Field That Feels Like Home
New York Times : June 10, 2010
  For many suburbanites (and some urbanites too), Saturday means heading to a soccer or baseball field to cheer on their children. Die-hard devotees of Softball Lite - my local pickup coed game - head instead for Zinsser Park...
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  How Bullying Scarred My Life
USA Today : April 7, 2010
  I was the perfect target. Like Phoebe Prince, the 15-year-old Irish teen who recently committed suicide after being bullied by her new classmates in South Hadley, Mass., I arrived as a nervous outsider...
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  YouTube Symphony Orchestra puts on a Polished Show
Toronto Star : April 16, 2009
  A violinist from Bermuda. A marimba player from Tokyo who left behind her daughters, aged 5 and 6. A professional poker player and cellist from San Francisco...
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  Physical Therapy and the Camaraderie of Healing
New York Times : February 16, 2009
  I first had physical therapy at 27, after I slipped on an icy Montreal sidewalk and tore the ligaments in my left ankle. I had it again at 42 and 43, after surgery on my right and left knees, and most recently...
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  My Retail Job, Crazy as It Is, Keeps Me Sane
New York Times : February 14, 2009
  Something had to change. Working alone at home as a freelance writer, which many people dream of, wasn't working for me...
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  Getting Her Kicks
Toronto Star : December 14, 2008
  Like many other young ambitious hardworking New Yorkers, Jocelyne Levesque shares a small uptown Manhattan apartment with a co-worker, another out-of-towner from Georgia.
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  Over the Years, It Feels Right at Home
New York Times : May 18, 2008
  I MOVED into my apartment, in a six-story red-brick building in Tarrytown, N.Y., with the intention of moving up and out within a few years.
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  Crime Lab Gets a Shot in the Arm
New York Times : September 16, 2007
  Last year burglars hit three Subway sandwich shops in central Westchester. In one case...
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  In a Hospital Stay, No Time to Rest
New York Times : August 7, 2007
  Grand Central Terminal may be synonymous with noise and haste. But as I recently discovered, it can be a lot quieter than a hospital bed.
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  Lesson One: The Price the Contractor Quotes Is an Estimate
New York Times : February 22, 2007
  In a recent letter to her readers, Dominique Browning, the longtime editor of House & Garden magazine, wrote about the agony of renovation, but suggested her experience was so painful that she preferred not to give details.
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  The $250,000 Question
New York Times : January 12, 2007
  What kind of second home can you get these days for $250,000? It depends on where you're looking. Want something of a bargain? Then head north.
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  New Libraries That Don't Just Go by the Book
New York Times : February 11, 2007
  In the last 13 years, Mount Kisco has built a police station, a recreation center and pool, and a water filtration plant. The village raised the $28.9 million through bond issues to pay for the three projects, but another concern -- its small, well-worn library -- kept falling to the bottom of the to-do list.
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  Single-Minded Women Take the Plunge: The Fanatic
New York Post
  She wanted a studio in Manhattan for $100,000 or less. Coming from Las Vegas, the land of long odds, it seemed reasonable to Stephanie Rushia, a single, 34-year-old freelance editor and writer...
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  Their Best Shot
Hartford Courant
  Sandwiched between cornfields and the Dayton International Airport, the world's largest shooting event, The Grand American World Trapshooting Championships, happens in Vandelia, Ohio, every August...
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  Bump, grind, sweat
The Ottawa Citizen
  There they are, 23 fine examples of American womanhood, in varying stages of undress - bumping, grinding, slithering, running their hands suggestively along their hips acoss their faces, though their hair. Watching themselves in the mirror. Grinding their sweaty bodies up against pillars. "Rotate! Rotate! Rotate!" hollers Carl, one of...
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  Moving Overseas? Prepare Yourself
The Washington Post
  The kids can't understand their classmates' jokes, you're not sure where to take the trash, your husband is gone most of the time and, when he is home, is just as tired and disoriented as you are. Welcome to the glamorous world of expatriate marriage...
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  Hippocrates meets the HMO
Facts & Arguments (The Globe and Mail)
  Two precious pieces of plastic enable me to enjoy life in the United States, and neither carries an interest rate. One is my green card, actually a pale pink, issued in 1988 when I arrived from my native Canada. The second is my health-insurance card, the lifeline...
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  The Joy of a 'Girl Racer' and a Wish for More
New York Times
  There are few places I can think of where things happen so quickly and in so little space with so many dire consequences if something goes wrong as on a racing sailboat. An operating room, perhaps. And, like an O.R., on a racer you need a team of people who know...
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  The Mobile Guide
Wall Street Journal
  It's not terribly reassuring to read an editorial in the local paper about what terrible drivers Corsicians are when, still jet-lagged, you're about to climb onto a scooter and race off across Haute Corse, the rugged, barren northern half of the island. The last time I...
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