|Kelsey Lindsey received her Bachelors in English Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2013 and a Masters in science, health and environmental journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2017.
Prior to becoming an Appalachian Fellow, Kelsey worked as an editorial Fellow at Alaska Dispatch News where she produced climate science articles for print and online publications. She also reported on health issues in rural areas, including poor air quality and suicide. It was in Alaska where Kelsey witnessed that a community’s wellbeing is largely related to a community’s wealth.In addition to her reporting at Alaska Dispatch, Kelsey worked as a health writer for OutFront Colorado where she wrote a bi-monthly health and wellbeing column covering a variety of health issues, including a study on loneliness and mental health and the link between CTE and NFL players. Her work has appeared in Civil Eats, 5280 Magazine, Washingtonian Magazine, and Greatist.com.
When Alaska Dispatch News declared bankruptcy in the summer of 2017, Kelsey saw staff worry about their jobs while still working tirelessly to serve rural and urban communities across Alaska. In the end, some reporters were let go, including those covering rural towns. This experience made her want to report in other communities in need of dedicated, local journalism.