Kathryn DePauw

Traverse City Record-Eagle

Reporter Profile

Kathryn DePauw covers Indigenous and tribal communities in Northern Michigan for the Traverse City Record-Eagle. Before this, she editor-in-chief for the White Pine Press, Northwestern Michigan College’s newspaper. There, she earned awards for her photojournalism and reporting on local stories, COVID-19, and the 2020 election. In 2022, the Michigan College Press Association named her the Janet Nellis Mendler Student Journalist of the Year. DePauw earned a degree in freshwater studies and has worked with many local nonprofits as a water quality monitor, geographic information systems specialist, and digital content creator. She was awarded the 2021 Student Environmentalist of the Year award from the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council for establishing a chloride monitoring program.

Beat: Indigenous and tribal communities in Northern Michigan

This reporter covers issues impacting Native Americans in the state and northwest lower Michigan counties. The impact of tribal communities in Michigan is growing and coverage will focus on enlightening a broader community and defining the issues and chronicling the lives of the Indigenous community.