Begins April 11
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 16, 2016) — Kate Howard, a veteran investigative reporter specializing in higher education and government accountability, is the latest hire for WFPL’s Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KyCIR), effective April 11.
Howard has earned numerous state awards in Tennessee and Florida for beat reporting and community service. Her work has highlighted the need for reforming “pill mills” in Florida that drew customers from as far away as Kentucky, and caused a community college to reign in administrative spending.
In Nebraska, she exposed a series of no-bid contracts at the state university worth $690 million that were all tied to the university’s most generous donor.
Howard worked as a news reporter for nearly five years at The Tennessean, covering crime, courts and transportation. She also spent more than three years at The Florida Times-Union covering higher education, health and crime issues, and more than two years writing about higher education at The Omaha World-Herald. She has appeared on numerous news and crime shows to discuss her stories.
Originally from Rhode Island she graduated from Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I.