My name is Katherine Sypher. I am an audio journalist, researcher and fact-checker dedicated to telling stories with accuracy and empathy on deadline. I really love listening to and making podcasts.
Since January, 2023, I have been freelance fact-checking for Politifact and conducting research for NPR's How I Built This.
From October 2021 to December 2022, I had the privilege of working at NPR for three podcasts - How I Built This, TED Radio Hour, and Short Wave - first as an intern and later as a production assistant. I loved working with the wonderful teams at NPR. While I was there, I truly got to try my hand at everything, from producing full episodes to managing ad copy to crafting social posts.
Prior to working at NPR, I was a data journalism fellow for a partnership between the APM Research Lab and Ten Across Initiative, and I work up really early in the morning to work as a part-time Morning Edition producer for Phoenix's NPR station KJZZ.
I graduated in 2020 with my master's from Arizona State University's Cronkite School of Journalism, and before that I earned my bachelor's in cognitive science from the University of Connecticut.
Since I was an undergraduate student, I have worked as a researcher and fact-checker, primarily for video and audio. I interned as a fact-checker for the PBS show NOVA, and I wrote research briefs for the science communication nonprofit SciLine. I've also checked the facts for the Youtube series SciShow and the Stitcher podcast Periodic Talks.
When I'm not working, I really love to read, hike, cook and bake, and try out the new restaurants and coffee shops that I've found by zooming in really far on random neighborhoods in Google Maps. I've been to 16 countries so far, but I want to go to all of them. My secret greatest desire in life is to create my own cozy coffee shop/wine bar/bookstore in a small town somewhere.
With the exception of my LinkedIn, I do not have public facing social media accounts. If you'd like to get in touch, please feel free to send me an email, I'd love for us to get to know each other better: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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