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Katie Hawkins-Gaar

Founder, Digital Women Leaders


United States

Katie Hawkins-Gaar is a freelance writer, journalism consultant, emeritus faculty of Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Media—and creator of this website. Katie previously worked as the digital innovation faculty at Poynter, where she launched The Cohort, a newsletter dedicated to women kicking ass in digital media, and co-founded 40 Better Hours, a project to improve newsroom culture. Prior to Poynter, she was the editor of CNN iReport, overseeing a team of producers responsible for soliciting and verifying audience-submitted news. Katie currently serves on the advisory board for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism, and writes a weekly newsletter called My Sweet Dumb Brain.