Kirstin is the Managing Editor for the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a site that tracks aggressions against U.S. journalists and the First Amendment. The Tracker, housed at Freedom of the Press Foundation, is a collaboration of more than 30 journalism and advocacy organizations.
A former Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern, Kirstin holds both a bachelor’s and master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri. The majority of her career has been spent editing and designing for print publications, from St. Pete to Austin to Kansas City. The latter part of her professional life has involved decidedly less ink. Kirstin speaks French, thanks to nearly eight years in Switzerland, and is an unashamed “Star Wars” nerd, thanks to a good upbringing.
At least four journalists around the country will face trial this month following their arrests while covering Black Lives Matter protests, part of the unprecedented number of legal detentions of reporters in 2020.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend daily life, President Donald Trump accelerated smearing the press on Twitter, reaching 2,000 negative tweets about the media in a string of insults …