About Me

K June-Friesen headshot Aug 2021I’m an editorial professional and PhD candidate in journalism/media studies with 15 years of experience as a writer, editor, and journalist. My journalism has appeared in national magazines and newspapers. I work as an editor for nonprofit and scholarly publications and a writer and researcher for documentary media and public history projects.

As an academic, I research representations of race, class, and place in news. My dissertation at University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism examines the journalism and public discourse about (re)development, neighborhood change, and gentrification in the Washington, D.C., suburbs.

I currently serve as Communications Associate for the Small Business Anti-Displacement Network, which works to keep small businesses in gentrifying neighborhoods in place, and an editor for the National Center for Smart Growth at UMD.

I recently co-produced the short documentary The Market (2021), which profiles three small businesses as they navigate a changing neighborhood and COVID-19 in Washington, D.C. The film was funded by Humanities DC.

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