Kathy Kieliszewski, 2017 APPM Conference Speaker

Detroit Free Press Photo and Video Director Kathy Kieliszewski made her first piece of multimedia with an eight-track player, a cassette tape, a vinyl record and a bunch of still pictures cut out of teen magazines. It was 1986, and she knew then she wanted to tell stories for a living. More than 25 years later, she’s still telling stories at the Detroit Free Press where she oversees the video and photographic efforts of a staff of 11 photographers and editors.

Kathy is a four-time National Emmy Award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. She has produced and written a number of documentary films including “Packard, The Last Shift,” “Accidental Activists” and most-recently “12th and Clairmount,” a full-length documentary that looks back at the Detroit riot of 1967. Before joining the Free Press an editor, Kathy spent 10 years as a photojournalist.

Kathy also co-founded the Freep Film Festival, a documentary film festival in Detroit, that just wrapped its fourth year last April. She is currently producing a documentary with the USA Today Network and the Arizona Republic about the building of the border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Register today for APPM’s annual conference, held in cooperation and support with APME and ASNE, at the Washington Marriot Wardman Park in Washington DC, October 8-11. More conference details and the full list of APPM speakers available here.