Kate Ellis is an assignment editor at The World. She works with staff reporters and contributors from across the globe to shape and sharpen their storytelling. She also helps plan larger thematic coverage, and regularly subs in as the show producer.
Before joining The World, Kate reported extensively on the history of racial inequality in the US and ongoing freedom movements. She has produced and reported numerous public radio documentaries and podcasts, and garnered a host of awards, including the ABA’s Silver Gavel and the RTDNA/UNITY Award.
Kate's most recent projects include the podcast and radio series “Order 9066,” about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, and “Soldiers for Peace,” a documentary about the anti-war movement led by Vietnam War soldiers and veterans in the 1960s to early 70s.
Kate has also co-edited two anthologies of great African American speeches (“Say it Plain: A Century of Great African American Oratory”and “Say it Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity”), along with two critically acclaimed oral history collections (“Free All Along: The Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Interviews” and “After the Fall: New Yorkers Remember September 2001 and the Years that Followed”).
Kate holds a PhD in anthropology from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
She fell in love with public radio while she was a college DJ at KZSC in Santa Cruz. She’ll never walk away from a dance party.