“Kelly is a
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I’m in New York: (914-332-6065); learntowritebetter@gmail.com.

I’ve recently been writing for a foundation, Arnold Ventures, interviewing funded academic researchers working on health policy issues (filed here under “writing”although non-bylined.) I blogged for the Lustgarten Foundation about pancreatic cancer research and helped a medical researcher and STEMM mentor polish some key materials.

All of them valued my skill translating their complex material into lively narratives.

I’m a former reporter for three major dailies, most recently the New York Daily News, a generalist, with my freelance work 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.

My New York Times story that drew 700 comments, was reprinted on page A4 and even reprinted a year later on the homepage, was about estranged grief, a story that grew from my own experience, broadened with candid and moving additional interviews.

Journalism trained me rigorously to dig deeply, ask probing questions and seek out untold stories.

I’m proud of my two previous 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 14-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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By Caitlin Kelly So often, we hear the word “leader” in a religious or political context, usually someone in authority with lots of power over lots of people, often an older white man. I think of a leader very differently, someone like the late Martin Luther King, who we all know led a social justice …

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