Kat Aaron

Kat Aaron

Writer
Phone: (202) 885-6353
kaaron@investigativereportingworkshop.org

Kat Aaron is a 2012 Alicia Patterson Fellow, a reporter at the Investigative Reporting Workshop and the project editor for the Workshop's What Went Wrong series. She writes about people, poverty and the justice system. 

In her work with the Patterson Foundation, she wrote about the growing crush of self-represented litigants in the civil courts, and what it means for poor people and the courts when most people don't have lawyers. Aaron's work on the subject began with two major stories about the civil courts for the Workshop and Mother Jones. For the What Went Wrong project, she wrote extensively about foreclosure, often in partnership with New America Media; about the Great Depression; and about poverty in America.   

Before joining the Workshop, she was a staff writer at the Center for Public Integrity, where she did investigative reporting on financial and economic issues. Until July 2008, she was the co-director of People’s Production House, a nonprofit journalism and media policy organization headquartered in New York City. From 2005 to 2008, she was a producer for Wakeup Call, the morning news show at WBAI 99.5 FM in New York, and was a contributor to Free Speech Radio News, Pacifica Radio’s national evening news program. 

Aaron has a bachelor's degree in Economic History from Barnard College, and a master's in Journalism and Public Affairs from American Unversity's School of Communication.

Aaron tweets about the civil courts, economics, journalism and occasionally food at @kataaron

Project Editor Kat Aaron gives a brief introduction to the What Went Wrong: The Betrayal of the American Dream project.

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