Katy Read | Star Tribune
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Katy Read is a reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where she writes about boomers and aging, workplaces, employment, culture and a variety of other topics.

Read was formerly a staff writer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, covering neighborhoods and news features. She has written for Salon, Real Simple, Working Mother, More, Minnesota Monthly, River Teeth, Brevity, Family Money, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Toronto Globe and Mail. Her writing has appeared in several anthologies including Fearless Confessions: A Writer's Guide to Memoir. Read has won a Minnesota State Arts Board grant and numerous literary awards, as well as four fellowships for journalists on aging. Most recently, she was a finalist for the 2018 AP-NORC Journalism Fellowship.


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