Portfolio

I've spent the last 10 years contributing to a variety of magazines and newspapers on topics including business, travel, health and relationships.

Here are a few of my recent clips:

 

USA Today

Starbucks' chocolate croissant: The best selling pastry

An interview with Pascal Rigo, founder of La Boulange (now owned by Starbucks) and creator of the chain's mouth watering chocolate croissant. 

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BBC Travel

A Wild World Off California's Coast

Just beyond San Francisco, the Farallon Islands are a collection of inhospitable rocky peaks where nutrient-rich waters make it a perfect place for whale watching.

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American Express OPEN Forum

Detroit 2.0: Can Startups Revive a Distressed City?

Startup entrepreneurs are working hard to brighten the future of Detroit.

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Qualcomm Spark

The Bio Boom: A Cottage Industry Around Cheap Genomics

Can genome mapping change the nature of healthcare?

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Consumers Digest

How to Avoid Being Taken for a Ride

Car-rental companies' reputations are a wreck. Fortunately, after months of haggling by companies, legislation that bars them from renting recalled vehicles is now on track. But disputes over damage claims still can spell trouble when you get behind the wheel. 

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MSN Travel

Travel Like a Pro: An Interview with Katie Morell

Writing has taken her from dangling in Macau to angling for piranhas, and her eye is on Moab, Utah. 

(written about Katie Morell, by Greg Thilmont)

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Diversity Woman Magazine

Time to Heal

Medical leave issues can easily trip up employees and employers. It pays to know your rights.

 

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Hemispheres

Here, Fishy Fishy

PERUVIAN AMAZON--On the perils of trolling for piranha

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Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

A Whale of A Time

Ocean wonders steal the show at the wedding of two marine biologists.

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USA TODAY

Small businesses, big ideas

Four small business owners discuss innovative recycling rechniques.

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Crain's Chicago Business

How crowdfunding is reshaping philanthropy

Online philanthropic platforms are sprouting up around Chicago, part of a broader crowdfunding wave that's changing the shape of philanthropy.

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Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

On A Whim

How a random Google search led Katie and Tyler to the wedding of their dreams.

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Hemispheres

Meet the (British) Voice of the Indy 500

Indy Motor Speedway's longtime historian, Donald Davidson, reflects on the big race from the top of the Pagoda. 

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American Express OPEN Forum

9 Productivity Tips for Working from Home

In theory, working from home is a splendid idea. It isn’t until you actually commit to making your personal space double as your workspace that the fantasy quickly fades. Why? Because there is nothing more distracting than sitting in your house all day.

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The Writer

Find Your Work/Life Balance

Burnout is an occupational hazard for hustling freelancers. We asked for our them what they’ve learned about avoiding it—while still finding success.

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Destination Weddings & Honeymoons

The Perfect Match

Things fall into place quickly for an Ohio couple

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Hemispheres

In the Market

Valencia, Spain –As the morning sun shines through the stained glass windows of Valencia’s vast indoor Central Market, vendors push carts brimming with apples and oranges in anticipation of a busy shopping day.

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The Writer

Creating Heart-Pounding, Narrative Non-Fiction

Best-selling author Neal Bascomb grabs readers’ attention, regardless of the topic.

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Brandeis Magazine

Fighting Illiteracy By The Book

The minute Stacy Ratner ’94 learned that 53 percent of Chicago’s adult population reads at or below a fourth-grade level, she knew she had to do something about it.

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Michigan Alumnus

Chicago Chef on “Top” of the World

Standing tall inside the kitchen of Girl & the Goat, one of Chicago's most popular restaurants, is chef Stephanie Izard, '98. As she calmly directs employees through dinner service, some patrons snap photos on their camera phones, some come up and ask for autographs, and others just sit in awe, distracted only by arriving meals.

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Hospitality Technology Magazine

Creative Sources of In-Room Revenue

How do hotels make money from guest room revenues? Is it at the mini-bar? The in-room entertainment. This article explores the topic.

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Chicago Health

Defying the Odds

Meniscal transplant breathes life into athletic hopes of 16-year-old Lake Forest resident.

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Corporate Work: Holland Newsletter

Wearing Fond Memories

The story of two men who honor a fallen employee by wearing his beloved jackets.

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Katie Morell specializes in feature writing, breaking news and corporate communications.

"Katie pitched us a great idea, executed it cleanly and with wit and style, and delivered it on time. Can't ask for much more than that.”

--Joe Keohane, Editor-in-Chief, Hemispheres

 

"Katie is a very dedicated and talented writer, and also a very thorough editor. I've also found her to be one of the most agreeable and trustworthy people I've ever worked with or managed."

--Tyler Davidson
Chief Content Director, Meetings Media

 

“I've been drawn to Katie's exceptional level of self motivation since day one of working with her. I have repeatedly heard praise from sources about Katie's interviewing and reporting skills, and her work is a pleasure to edit as it is clean and creative.”

       -Cynthia Goldberg, Readers’ Editor,    Sun-Times Media