Kirsten crafted KATU News’ social media presence and strategy from virtually the ground-up, ultimately making KATU the station to beat for online engagement in the Portland, Oregon news market. 


During her tenure at KATU, Kirsten led a breaking news-focused web team, triaged content priorities, crafted speedy social posts and live streams, wrote nationally syndicated web articles, executed day-to-day news operations, helped develop enterprise stories, and organized major social/digital campaigns with a hand in nearly every aspect of newsroom production.


She was instrumental in spearheading the launch of Facebook Live and executing comprehensive coverage for dozens of major news events including the 2016 presidential election, Portland election and inauguration riots, and the 2017 solar eclipse.  




  • Brought KATU Facebook page to number one in its competitor set each month for total interactions, video views, engagement rate and follower growth -- with a monthly reach of more than 12 million


  • Doubled KATU's Facebook following in two years, and grew its average monthly video views from about 2 million to 11 million 

  • Grew KATU's Instagram following by 1,000% in 2 years -- organizing a complete strategy overhaul and implementing the regular use of Stories and IGTV 

  • Grew KATU's Twitter following by 141% in 2 years, and implemented the regular use of Periscope's producer function and Twitter Live to bring followers breaking news coverage from Portland and around the world


Check out samples of her social posts, videos, articles and graphics below (click on the images to expand). 

Social video/live video, direction and production
Below is a sampling of videos and live events Kirsten sourced and produced -- edited using a variety of systems including Adobe Premiere, Edius and AVID, or streamed using Facebook's API function. In collaboration with a staff video editor, she provided creative and editorial direction, and ran logistics to make these stories come to life. 
A 32-day standoff between the FBI and a group of armed ranchers in rural Oregon ends in bloodshed. Cell phone video shows the fatal shooting by a government agent of refuge occupier LaVoy Finicum. Kirsten collaborated with a KATU staff editor to produce and post this video before any other news organization in the Portland market. It amassed nearly 38,000 shares.  View post on Facebook
Kirsten helped produce an hour-long special about mental health issues in young people. Her primary roles were managing the live stream and viewer comments, live tweeting, and working with producers, experts and hosts to prepare questions in the weeks leading up to the show. The town hall aired on Facebook a week before it ran on TV. View on Facebook
Kirsten was an instrumental player in months of planning to bring both Oregonians and nationwide eclipse enthusiasts live coverage of the 2017 total solar eclipse. With crews stationed across the state of Oregon in the path of totality, KATU News showed Facebook watchers the sights and sounds from viewing parties, as well as the eclipse itself! KATU was the only Oregon news station chosen by Facebook to be featured in the platform's #EclipseLive section, reaching millions of viewers.  View on Facebook
Most breast-feeding mothers produce about 20 to 30 ounces of milk a day, but this local mom produces nearly TWO GALLONS – and she's using it to save lives. Kirsten provided creative direction for this video and helped write the script. View on Facebook
Instagram Stories and graphics