Announcement from Live News Editor Josh Freedom du Lac and General Assignment Editor Keith McMillan:
We are delighted to announce that Katie Mettler has joined the General Assignment reporting team.
Over the past year, Katie played an instrumental role on The Post’s Google Amp Stories team, working primarily as a reporter, though she also edited stories, shaped coverage ideas, improved workflow and advocated for the format around the newsroom. She helped the “Stamp” team respond to breaking news, and also worked on deeply reported pieces, including a look back at the impact of Hurricane Harvey.
In all, Katie helped report, write and build more than 100 visual stories, which took various forms, thanks to an emphasis on experimentation. A piece by Katie and Nick Kirkpatrick on the 1968 riots was part of a portfolio that received the National Press Foundation’s Innovative Storytelling award.
Katie joined the newsroom in April 2016 as a Morning Mix reporter, and wrote some of The Post’s most-read stories over the next year and a half. There was the mysterious figure who kept appearing behind President Trump at political rallies, and the aspiring YouTube star who died chasing viral fame. There was a dramatic riptide rescue, and unfathomable tragedy at a Disney resort. Katie was involved in all manner of major breaking news stories, from the Pulse nightclub massacre to a string of deadly police shootings. And she worked on enterprise, too, traveling to East Chicago, Ind., to report on a Superfund site.
Before coming to The Post, Katie worked at the Tampa Bay Times, first as a summer intern, then as a digital metro reporter. She also interned at the Valley News in New Hampshire.
Katie (@kemettler on Twitter) is a true Hoosier: She was born and raised in Bluffton, Ind., where she was the homecoming queen at Bluffton High. She graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism and a legacy of working so hard on the Indiana Daily Student that she sometimes fell asleep on the floor of the newsroom, where maintenance workers grew accustomed to vacuuming around her.