Julie Freijat

Kansas City PBS/Flatland

Reporter Profile

Prior to joining Report for America, Freijat served as a data reporter for Kansas City PBS through the Dow Jones News Fund, where she produced data-driven articles about local and state issues. She also held two internships at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where she gained valuable experience in science communication working across platforms. Freijat was also heavily involved in her campus newspaper at Kansas State University, where she served in multiple leadership roles and won awards for her design and writing at the state and national levels. While at Mizzou, Freijat worked as a research assistant for Investigative Reporters and Editors and served as a student staffer at the Reynold’s Journalism Institute Innovation Lab. Freijat received her master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2024, and graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in biology in 2022.

Beat: Water and sustainability in the Heartland

This beat focuses on crucial water and sustainability issues mainly in a 35-county region including the Kansas City metropolitan area and the surrounding region. But the reporter ventures even farther afield in pursuit of great stories with regional impact. The reporter tells stories in written and video formats.