Kate Santich
Senior Specialty Writer
My Role

I write about the sprawling world of social services, nonprofits and volunteerism. Typically, that means covering some of the most urgent issues of our times -- including homelessness, poverty and child welfare -- and the people working to make a difference on those issues. There is never a shortage of story ideas.
My Biography

Grew up in California, got a bachelor's degree in social science from the University of California at Berkeley and moved to a small town in the Sierras, where I worked as a stringer for the San Francisco Examiner. My first newsroom job was for the Reno Gazette-Journal, where I was variously a copy editor, general-assignment reporter, medical reporter and features writer. I jumped east of the Mississippi to work at the Orlando Sentinel's award-winning Florida Magazine as a staff writer, and I've since been privileged to cover everything from a nurse's mission in rural Haiti to Florida's competitive wet T-shirt circuit.
My Interests

Bicycling, hiking, triathlons, spending time with dogs (actual dogs, not figurative ones), all kinds of music, spending time with family and friends, films and literature, cultural anthropology, volunteerism