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, and managing editor for Journalism & Communication Monographs under editor Dr. Linda Steiner.

In my 10 years as a journalist, I’ve reported on media, history, arts, culture and the outdoors for national magazines and newspapers; researched and written for documentaries; and produced content for websites and mobile apps. I’ve also produced publications and proposals for nonprofits.

As an academic, I’m interested in how news media represent the identity of places and the people who live and work there. That is, how journalistic framing and language choices construct, reproduce, or dismantle dominant ideas about the culture of U.S. regions, cities and neighborhoods, from West Baltimore to small-town Kansas. Recently, I’ve become more interested in the politics of demographic shifts and gentrification in the Washington, D.C., region, and how journalists narrate these changes.

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’ve written and researched 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 an M.A. from the Missouri School of Journalism, an M.A. in literary and cultural studies from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.A. in English from Bethel College (Kansas).

I am registered as a woman-owned small business on the U.S. Federal Government’s System for Award Management contractor database.