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Catching Up with Kate Shellnutt '08

Kate Shellnutt, a 2008 graduate of Washington and Lee, is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, and she’s found a particularly interesting way to combine her two undergraduate primary interests — journalism and religion. In fact, you may have read one of Kate’s stories in a major newspaper already. In July, a piece that she wrote a piece about a Zen Buddhist puppet master appeared in the Chicago Tribune, and she even quoted her former W&L religion professor, Jeff Kosky. More recently, she’s had a major story in the Chicago Sun-Times on Muslim’s and punk rock music and also a piece about Jews and the environmental movement that ran on the Religion News Service. But you can also see the variety of stories that Kate pursues on Northwestern’s News21 where she is a staff writer for Shift, a site telling the stories of young, urban adults. And as if all that doesn’t keep Kate busy enough, she’s got a blog on WindyCitizen.com, The Little Things: Bits of the Spiritual Scene from the Second City, which is definitely worth a look.

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