Major Events Covered
Over the course of her career, Kirsten’s covered countless major local and national news events on a myriad of social/digital platforms. Here's a handful:
FBI shootout with refuge occupiers
  • Coronavirus crisis
  • Trump impeachment proceedings​
  • El Paso, Dayton mass shootings​
  • Jeffrey Epstein scandal
  • Notre Dame cathedral fire 
  • Mueller Report release
  • College admissions scandal 
  • January, 2019 government shutdown
  • Northern California Carr Fire
  • Substation Fire in Central Oregon
  • Portland ICE facility occupation and protests
  • Family separation immigration issues
  • Capital Gazette Shooting
  • Santa Fe High School shooting
  • March Four Our Lives
  • Parkland, Florida school shooting
  • 2018 State of the Union Address
  • Hurricane Harvey, Texas Floods
  • Sutherland Springs mass shooting
  • Las Vegas massacre
  • Eagle Creek Fire
  • 2017 Total Solar Eclipse
  • Portland MAX train stabbing
  • Manchester Arena bombing
  • Women's March 2017
  • Portland Inauguration riots
  • 2017 Inauguration of President Trump
  • 2016/17 snow storm in Portland 
  • 2016 election riots in Portland
  • 2016 presidential election
  • 2016 presidential campaign
  • Northwest Portland explosion
  • Pulse Nightclub shooting
  • Bastille Day attack in Nice, France
  • Oregon wildlife refuge standoff (Bundys)
  • San Bernardino mass shooting
  • Umpqua Community College mass shooting
A 32-day long 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  
2018 State of the Union
Kirsten oversaw the production of this live feed, which tracked how a group of Democrats, Republicans and Independents felt about President Trump's first State of the Union Address. Using the technology of polling company DailSmith, the panel reacted to the speech as it unfolded using handheld dials. The production was cross-posted to nearly 30 Sinclair Broadcast Group station Facebook pages, landing it in the top 25 SOTU streams on Facebook (in terms of reach). It was the only stream from a local news outlet to make the list, beating NPR, CBS, Vice, Huffington Post and several other large national news corporations.  View on Facebook
2017 total solar eclipse
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