Kari Howard

Kari Howard (1962-2022) was an award-winning editor, and an inspiration and mentor to journalists across the globe. She was born in New Hampshire but grew up all over, including Connecticut, Arkansas, Scotland and North Carolina, before living in Chicago, Texas, Southern California, Midcoast Maine and London. She received her bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and her master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She began her career in journalism on the copy desks at the Abilene Reporter-News and Houston Chronicle, and then continued through what she described as a career “filled with dream jobs.” She was an editor at the Los Angeles Times for almost 25 years, starting as a copy editor on the Times’ Foreign Desk before becoming an assistant foreign editor and then editor of the Times’ narrative feature, Column One. After moving full-time to her beloved farmhouse in Liberty, Maine, she became the editor of the Nieman Foundation’s narrative site, Storyboard. Her final dream job was in London for Reuters News, where she held a title that epitomized her passion and her career: Storytelling Editor.