Kate Flexter joined ABC 7 as the station’s first Calkin’s Media Scholar in June of 2015 and became a Reporter / Multi-Media Journalist in August of 2015. A graduate of the University of Southern California, she moved from Los Angeles to Sarasota.
While in school, Kate held two jobs, one as a reporter and executive producer for USC’s Annenberg TV News. As a reporter, she covered the rising earthquake risk in Los Angeles, the rollout of Covered California and the alleged wage theft of fast-food workers. The latter of the three earned her a feature piece in the investigative publication Capital and Main. Kate was also the first student to have her work featured on the Huffington Post through the “What’s Working” initiative. As Executive Producer, she was responsible for the half-hour evening newscast.
Kate’s other job was a Production Intern at the Los Angeles Bureau of the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (2014 – 2015). The most memorable story which she had the opportunity to field produce, was that of a sinking town called Stratford, California. Like many towns in the Central Valley, it was hard hit by the drought, forcing farmers to pump all the water out from under the land, causing it to literally sink. Working on that piece instilled in her a real love for thoughtful storytelling.
Kate graduated Magna Cum Laude and with Departmental Honors from USC Annenberg School of Journalism with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast & Digital Journalism.
Outside of work, Kate is passionate about photography and has exhibited work at the Los Angeles Center for Photography. She is also an avid runner and hiker. She’s fluent in French and loves learning new languages and travelling.