Katie Campbell

Video Journalist

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Katie Campbell is an Emmy award-winning and Edward R. Murrow award-winning filmmaker and journalist. Prior to joining ProPublica, she oversaw video for EarthFix, a public-media environmental reporting partnership, and served as a special correspondent for the national PBS NewsHour.

Her reporting on sea star wasting disease won the 2015 international Kavli Science Journalism Gold Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her documentary Poaching of Puget Sound won a Northwest Emmy for revealing how lax regulations on the shellfish industry spawned a multimillion-dollar black market. In 2016, her work on the illegal exportation of U.S. electronic waste to Hong Kong was a finalist for the 2016 Online Journalism Award for explanatory reporting. She also lead the multimedia reporting team that won a 2017 Edward R. Murrow award for excellence in innovation for a digital documentary about the military’s environmental legacy in the Pacific Northwest.

Campbell began her career as a reporter at newspapers in Minnesota and Florida. She holds a master’s degree in narrative journalism from the University of Oregon and worked as a multimedia journalism professor at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

The Fight of the Salmon People

Randy Settler’s family has spent generations fighting for their right to harvest salmon. But the federal government squandered its chance to recover the endangered fish before the onset of climate change. Now, Settler sees it all slipping away again.

Salmon People: A Native Fishing Family’s Fight to Preserve a Way of Life

This documentary film features the plight of the salmon of the Columbia River and the Native people whose lives revolve around them.

Rescuing Her Father From an Assisted Living Facility in the Coronavirus Epicenter

The home’s administrator assured her that her 82-year-old father was safe, she said. Then she found out the coronavirus was tearing through the facility — and her dad had caught it.

Inside an Immigration Detention Facility as the Coronavirus Spreads

At an ICE detention facility in New Jersey, detainees are on a hunger strike to try to obtain soap and toilet paper in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

How Quickly Hospitals Could Fill Up if We Don’t Slow Coronavirus Down

How soon regions run out of hospital beds depends on how fast the novel coronavirus spreads, and how many open beds they had to begin with.

Adrift: How the Marine Corps Failed Squadron 242

Falling from 15,000 feet, two Marines hit the Pacific Ocean at 800 feet per minute. They were bruised and cold, their rescue equipment failed and help was hours away.

New Video Shows Border Patrol Account of Child’s Death Was Not True

Video obtained by ProPublica shows the Border Patrol held a sick teen in a concrete cell without proper medical attention and did not discover his body until his cellmate alerted guards. The video doesn’t match the Border Patrol's account of his death.

To See How Levees Increase Flooding, We Built Our Own

We ran water through a room-sized river model to show how levees can make flooding worse. Try it yourself.

How “Levee Wars” Are Making Floods Worse

High levees come at a high cost, often pushing water into communities that can’t afford the same protection. To demonstrate, we built a giant, scientific model of a river with levees — complete with adorable tiny houses.

Treated Like Trash

Inside New York’s private garbage industry there’s fatal accidents; brutal work conditions; suspicious unions and lax oversight.

Broken Hearts

ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle investigate troubles at Baylor St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston, where an illustrious heart program has recently had some of the worst outcomes in the country.

Treating a Common Children’s Ailment Isn’t Cheap

When Aviva Williams’ daughter got pinworms, her doctor prescribed albendazole, a prescription treatment that has been around for decades. Williams thought little of it, until she checked the price: $724 for a four-tablet treatment.

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