Kim also has extensive experience as a freelancer, writing for publications such as The New York Times, the Atlantic, Rolling Stone and Vice. She is involved with the Association for Women Journalists-Chicago and has been a reporting resident with CityBureau, a non-profit civic journalism lab on the South Side of Chicago. She is a former Valparaiso soccer player who later covered the Chicago Fire, the MLS team that once made her into a bobblehead.
When she's not writing and reporting, Kim occasionally DJs; she's especially fond of surf and garage rock from around the world, African disco and '60s and '70s R&B. She says she once spent six years hunting for a specific song on a 45, and eventually found a copy at a London record store for less than $10. When she's not losing online record auctions to rich British collectors, she likes to bike tour and camp.