Kat Chow is a reporter and writer. She was most recently a reporter at NPR, where she was a founding member of the Code Switch team. Seeing Ghosts, a memoir about grief, family and racial identity and what we owe ourselves, our families and our ancestors, is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic and on RadioLab and The Sporkful.
She's reported on what defines Native American identity, gentrification in New York City's Chinatown, and the aftermath of a violent hate crime. Her cultural criticism has led her on explorations of racial representation in TV, film, and theater; the post-election crisis that diversity trainers face; race and beauty standards; and gaslighting. She's an occasional fourth chair on Pop Culture Happy Hour, as well as a guest host on Slate's podcast The Waves. Her work has garnered her a national award from the Asian American Journalists Association, and she was an inaugural recipient of the Yi Dae Up fellowship at the Jack Jones Literary Arts Retreat. She has led master classes and spoken about her reporting in Amsterdam, Calgary, Minneapolis, Louisville, Boston and Seattle.
She's drawn to stories about race, gender and generational differences.
To reach her for reporting (magazine, digital or audio), teaching or speaking opportunities, send a note to hikatchow (at) gmail (dot) com.