Katie Scarlett Brandt is an award-winning journalist, editor, and content strategist available for freelance.

Chicago, IL
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"I first hired Katie at the University of Chicago, before she even graduated college. I've continued to work with her over the past decade because she is an extremely talented writer and puts her heart into her work, meeting deadlines and crafting complicated stories into digestible pieces." —Catherine Gianaro, past editor of Medicine on the Midway

I’ve always been a curious person. At age 7, I challenged my younger brother to put his hand under the water cooler’s red tap because I wanted to know how hot it was. (I subsequently found out what happens when you go to an emergency room for a severe burn. Sorry, Nick.)

A few years later, as a journalism intern at the University of Chicago, I stood shoulder-to-shoulder with surgeons as they placed electrodes on a child’s brain to stop his seizures. Not long after that as an assistant editor, I raced in an ambulance with a transplant team as they procured a heart for a patient in need.

In each scenario, I watched and listened in awe, gaining a greater understanding of how our world works and what it means to be human.

While much of my writing has centered on medicine, I love telling stories of interesting places, people, and ideas beyond medicine, too. For me, writing involves more than translating complicated issues into digestible pieces—it’s storytelling.

Through those stories, I strive to educate and make an impact on people’s lives. Once a piece is written, I love following its journey across social media—noting how readers interact with it and which stories resonate with different audiences.

When not glued to the wonderful world of the internet, I love hiking with my dogs, practicing photography, and traveling. My husband and I (plus our dogs) just returned from a 9-month, 18,000-mile road trip in an RV, during which we visited 23 states. For part of the trip, my younger brother was generous enough to host us in California—despite that time I sent him to the ER.

Currently reading: The End of Trust, McSweeney's Issue 54

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