About Me

k june-friesen mugshot 2014I am a writer, editor and media producer in Washington, D.C. As a journalist, I report about history, arts, culture and the environment for magazines, newspapers, websites, mobile apps and radio stations. I also write and do research for documentary films and produce publications and proposals for nonprofits and businesses.

This fall, I’ll be entering the Ph.D. program at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park.

My work has been featured in Smithsonian magazine/Smithsonian.com, The Washington Post MagazineHumanities magazine, The St. Louis Beacon, The Dallas Morning News, 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 reported for Middle Ground radio show and NPR affiliate WAMU-FM’s Bluegrass Country and screened calls for The Diane Rehm Show and The Kojo Nnamdi Show. I was a park ranger for NPS in Washington’s Rock Creek Park, where I created and edited the park’s community gardens newsletter. I’ve also edited newsletters for several nonprofits, including the Journalism & Women Symposium and Americans for Indian Opportunity.

I’ve written grant proposals and letters of intent that my clients 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, and I have a D-U-N-S number.