Kate Smith

Kate Smith

Senior Editor
Minnesota Public Radio
ksmith@mpr.org

Kate Smith is a senior editor for MPR News. Smith, a native Midwesterner, has worked in broadcast newsrooms in a wide variety of roles since 1981. Currently, Smith manages and edits daily coverage and long-term projects for the rural reporting unit. She also serves as an occasional substitute host. Before taking on editing duties, Smith spent a decade covering education issues for MPR. She began her broadcast career in commercial television newsrooms. She covered the education beat and general assignments for KSTP-TV (Minneapolis-St. Paul). There she helped coordinate and produce the station's award-winning coverage of the 1988 Winter Olympic games in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to that, Smith spent five years at WFRV-TV (Green Bay), covering a large portion of eastern Wisconsin. She has won a number of local, regional and national reporting and journalism awards. Smith attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison on a music scholarship for bassoon performance. She is active the Longfellow neighborhood of Minneapolis. She enjoys protecting urban wildernesses as well as striking out to find the truly wild places around us.

Kate Smith Feature Archive

Kate Smith
Consumers' best defense is to read their phone bills, carefully. (06/14/2012)
Kate Smith
Her sudden need for extra storage led her to lift the garage door on a strange new world. (04/18/2012)
Kate Smith
A visit to the wilderness can make life in the city seem strange. (09/07/2011)
This is one gardener who did not go gently to chemicals. (06/10/2011)
The Twin City Smokeless finally gives way to the demands of modern efficiency. (11/19/2010)
City officials in Fargo and Moorhead planned Wednesday to wrap up efforts to fill sandbags and deliver them to flood-prone areas. (03/17/2010)
The National Weather Service predicts Red River flood waters will crest this coming Saturday. They say the water will reach 38 feet which is about three feet lower than last year's all-time record flood. (03/15/2010)
Companies are creating a host of ways to shift the cost of health care while encouraging employees to live healthy lifestyles. (01/23/2006)
Rural cities and towns want to define their future, but the challenges in creating sustainable economic development can be great. How communities look ahead is at the center of many of today's debates. (11/21/2005)
Meth is taking its toll in Minnesota. Methamphetamine, a highly-addictive drug that's been around for decades, has become the drug of choice for many in recent years because it's cheap, easy to make, and a "good high." But it is a costly drug in terms of the devastation it causes for users and their families. One family in northern Minnesota has lived that nightmare for years. (06/14/2004)
Unions in the United States are working hard to make up ground they lost in the changing realities of the modern work world. At one time, half of American workers were in a union. Now the number is just one in eight. Minnesota Public Radio's Mainstreet Radio team examines "the State of the Unions," in this series of stories looking at how unions have changed their organizing strategies. (01/26/2004)
The Missouri and Mississippi Rivers are not only two major environmental resources in the region, they're important to the economic success of the Upper Midwest. But sometimes these two purposes clash. What is the future of these rivers and how can their roles co-exist? (07/02/2003)