Kathy Routliffe has been a reporter with Pioneer Press since 1983, covering five different communities’ municipal, education and political beats during that time. She currently covers the North Shore village of Wilmette.
She was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and grew up in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. After one year at the University of Alberta theater school she earned a degree in practical journalism from Holland College in Prince Edward Island. She worked at two small Maritime dailies before moving to Chicago in 1981.
She started her union activity while at the Moncton Times-Transcript in New Brunswick Canada, where she served briefly as an officer with the newsroom affiliate of the paper’s International Typographical Union local. She has been a member of the Newspaper Guild since 1983. She has served as a Pioneer editorial unit steward, as unit chair, and as a unit delegate and alternate delegate to the Local’s executive board. She has also been part of the Pioneer editorial unit’s negotiations team on several occasions. She now serves on the Local’s negotiating team as a Pioneer representative.
She lives on Chicago’s north side and is married, with one grown son. In her copious free time she bakes, reads science fiction and geeks out about Doctor Who.