Kathleen “Kat” McGrory ’05, a reporter at the Miami Herald since 2006, was recently featured on MuckRack.com for her success in journalism. McGrory was recognized as Florida’s Young Journalist of the Year in
2008, and won a National Education Writing Award in 2009.
Over the course of her career, McGrory is most proud of the work she did in Haiti in January of 2010. She traveled there in the immediate
aftermath of the earthquake to cover its impact on children and the
school system. She felt the work — reporting on the widespread
tragedy of the disaster — was incredibly important, she said.
While McGrory doesn’t always travel overseas, there is never a dull
day in her line of work. She is currently based out of the newspaper’s
statehouse bureau in Tallahassee. Late last month, she spent the most
of the week reporting on the campus shooting at Florida State
University. After a shooter injured two students and a school employee
on Nov. 20, McGrory interviewed witnesses and other students to learn
more about the victims and the suspect.
McGrory graduated from Hamilton in 2005 as a double major in Spanish
and economics. She describes her time on the Hill as “the foundation
of her career.” She appreciated the opportunity to be intellectually
curious and “dabble” in subjects from Chinese language to calculus.
”I learned to write, speak and think critically,” she said.
She believes her liberal arts education prepared her for her career.
On campus, she was the editor of the Spectator and a founding member
of Kappa Sigma Alpha.
After Hamilton, McGrory earned a journalism degree from Columbia
University. She interned in the Westchester County bureau of the New
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