About Me

k june-friesen mugshot 2014I am a writer, editor and media producer in Washington, D.C. I’m also a Ph.D. student at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park.

As a journalist, I report about history, arts, culture and the environment for print, web, mobile and radio. I also do writing and research for documentary films and produce publications and proposals for nonprofits.

As an academic, I’m interested in how media represents identity and culture, often in ways that simplify instead of complicate our understanding of who people are, how they live and what they believe. I’m particularly interested in how media shapes our understanding of different regions of the United States.

My journalism has been featured in Smithsonian magazine, Humanities magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, The St. Louis Beacon, The Christian Science Monitor, Penn Arts & Sciences Magazine, Rails to Trails magazine, Albuquerque’s alt-weekly Alibi, and the late No Depression music magazine, among other publications. I’ve also written and edited content for a National Park Service website and mobile app about Chesapeake Bay history. Additionally, I do writing and research for City Projects documentary film company, whose films air on PBS.

Previously I was an associate editor at Current, the biweekly newspaper about public radio and television. I’ve also reported for Middle Ground radio show and NPR affiliate WAMU-FM’s Bluegrass Country. I was a park ranger for NPS in Washington’s Rock Creek Park, and I’ve edited newsletters for several nonprofits, including the Journalism & Women Symposium.

Additionally, I’ve written grant proposals and letters that my clients have submitted to the National Endowment for the Humanities, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS, the MacArthur Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute, Latino Public Broadcasting, California Council for the Humanities, and the IBM Center for the Business of Government.

My education includes a B.A. in English from Bethel College (Kansas), an M.A. in literary and cultural studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and an M.A. from the Missouri School of Journalism.

I am registered as a woman-owned small business on the U.S. Federal Government’s Central Contractor Registration database.