Author Archives: Kelsey

About Kelsey

College student, journalist-to-be, explorer, nature lover, feminist, writer, skeptic. I write my truth.

The Agony of Not Knowing

Tuesdays are hard for Myron Porter and his family. So is the 23rd of the month.

What is even more difficult is not knowing the fate of his son, Zachary, who went missing July 23, 2013 — not knowing where he has been for the last eight months, or what happened to him.

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  • This piece was a great honor for me to write. Also written for my MSCM 487 internship with the News-Register, the man’s father, Myron, contacted us to get his story out into the community to keep it alive. It has been almost a year and nothing has happened, so I wanted this article to highlight the persistence of grief and loss. This piece was well-received by the community and spread awareness about Zack’s disappearance, hopefully encouraging anyone with information to come forward to the police.

Pastor Harrop Headed Back to Boston

This spring marks Kent Harrop’s 20th as pastor at First Baptist Church of McMinnville. But it also marks his departure to Massachusetts, where he will be taking his message of compassion and unity to the First Baptist Church of Beverly, Mass.

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  • I wrote this article for my MSCM 487 Internship at the McMinnville News-Register, where I write news and feature stories about issues or people in the community. Pastor Harrop is widely known in McMinnville, and people have certainly been sad to see him go. I enjoyed interviewing Harrop and writing about his warm and colorful personality. One of the best things about writing articles like these is that I get to connect with wonderful and fascinating people I might not have otherwise gotten the chance to meet.

The Spirit of the Highway Traveler

Every day, Joe sits atop his backpack on the corner of a busy street in McMinnville. He calls himself a highway traveler, living off the land and the kindness of people in the community. With his weathered and tested hands, he holds a sign with the word “veteran” scrawled on it. This word alone reveals a deep and complex story.

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  • I wrote this piece for a project in my MSCM 360: Topics in Media, War & Culture. We were required to locate war veterans and write profile articles, capturing the complexities and essence of those who have served in war. I chose to interview a homeless man who lives in McMinnville, Ore., and while the authenticity or credibility of his story may be questionable, I thoroughly enjoyed profiling such a complex, yet simple, human being.

Standing Where the Greats Have Stood

A camping trip in North Cascades National Park wasn’t planned, but Professor David Sumner ended up right where fire lookout literature originated.

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  • This article, for MSCM 375 Reporting, was one of my favorites to write. Professor Sumner was a great interview subject and talked at passionate length on his research of fire lookout literature. His words inspired me to find these mountains, and I hope that my article will fascinate readers, as well.

Mac Man Leads Referendum Drive

A McMinnville man is helping lead a drive to force referral to voters of Senate Bill 833, which gives driving privileges to people who are here illegally. The campaign is being directed by Oregonians for Immigration Reform, based in Salem. Co-founded by McMinnville resident Jim Ludwick, it needs to gather at least 58,000 valid signatures by Oct. 4 (2013) to force an election.

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  • I wrote this article for MSCM 375 Reporting. Jim Ludwick spoke with our class as a mock interview, detailing his efforts to bring the bill to voter consideration. One goal of the Reporting class is to have our work published in any publication. The managing editor of the local newspaper published it, saying it was up to par with a professional account.




The Art of Debate Behind Bars

20-year-old Megan wasn’t intimidated by the unusual task at hand–teaching inmates at a maximum-security prison how to debate.

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  • This piece was written for MSCM 375 Reporting. In this class we are solely responsible for finding our own story ideas and writing them for publication. We are encouraged to think outside of the box and find unique stories to tell. I am especially attracted to unusual feature stories such as this. I thoroughly enjoyed writing this story about Megan and her prison debaters and have gotten great feedback on it from readers.


Transgender healthcare Op-Ed

Imagine living every day in a body that isn’t your own. It’s a body that’s completely
foreign to your brain. It feels, looks and works differently than your mind would expect it to.
And when you try to fix this frustrating, broken connection, people discriminate against you and
strip away your rights. This is what transgender people go through every day. If this isn’t
challenging enough, add trying to access and pay for health care.


  • I wrote this opinion piece for MSCM 275 Information Gathering class, after doing a semester-long research project on transgender healthcare. Along with this short piece, I completed a 150-page research paper on whether workplaces should provide health insurance coverage for transgender health needs, such as transitioning surgeries or hormones.

Linfield needs more female influence

Linfield College brings many inspirational guest speakers and professionals. But we need more female influence and insight into topics like business, politics and mass communication.

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  • I wrote this opinion piece when I worked on The Linfield Review, Linfield’s student-run newspaper.




Welcome to my website portfolio, and thank you for visiting! Here you will find some of the work that highlights my career as an undergraduate in mass communication and creative writing. You will also find my updated resume and contact information.

I am a writer in all senses. I am especially interested in writing long-form profile and feature articles about people, their places, and their experiences. I began college with my interests primarily in news reporting, but have found I want to ask more questions and write more deeply. In my work, I intertwine my love for creative writing and journalism to explore and chronicle the world.

As of now, a senior in college, I am the assistant director of the Linfield Writing Center, and I intern at the News-Register in McMinnville, Ore. I was previously the managing editor for my school’s newspaper, The Linfield Review, and I also oversaw all of the copy editing.
I am primarily interested in sustainability and the environment, literature, spirituality, music, social issues, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and human rights. Much of my research, writing, reading and tweeting consists of these subjects.

Once graduated, I hope to get my foot in the door copy editing or writing for a local newspaper and likely writing freelance. I’m interested in writing for magazines and online publications, both journalistic and literary. Once again, thank you for viewing my professional portfolio.