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, managed content on katu.com — garnering an average of 10 million monthly page views — 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 the market each month for total interactions and video views, highest engagement rate and largest 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 two million to 11 million
Grew KATU's Instagram following by more than 1,200 percent, organizing a complete strategy overhaul and implementing the regular use of Stories and IGTV
Grew @KATUNews' Twitter following by 141 percent in two 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, and use the arrows to scroll through):