Karen Story
Writer, Editor, Volunteer, Traveler

Born and raised near Bellevue, Washington, Karen spent her formative years roaming the wooded streams and hills of what is now Cougar Mountain Regional Park. She studied Ecology at Evergreen State College, worked on the Cedar River Watershed forestry, fire suppression, and road crews, and traveled solo in Europe for a year before getting her degree in Environmental Studies from Western Washington University.

Organizing a park restoration event

She spent two years in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, working on appropriate technology projects involving wood-saving cookstoves and water cisterns. Since her return in 1988, she has made her home in Kirkland, Washington, where she raised two boys and helped raise two stepchildren.

Peace Corps volunteer, West Africa

She's an accomplished writer with many published stories to her credit. She speaks French and Spanish, and has traveled in Europe, Africa, Turkey, Mexico, Central America, and around the U.S.

Volunteering in Guatemala

Karen has always been active in her local community, and is respected as a dynamic and diplomatic community leader. She is currently the volunteer steward for restoration of Cotton Hill Park and the chair of her neighborhood association. She also volunteers with hospice, the Washington Trails Association, the Washington Coalition to End the Death Penalty, and Opal House, a Guatemalan charity. For five years she organized the Kirkland Summer Concert series.

She has over 25 years' experience organizing and publicizing successful community events. She is a jazz singer who was a member of the bluegrass and swing band Back Burner for ten years.

In her 24-year technical writing career she worked in the semiconductor, telecommunications, and metrology industries.

She loves to birdwatch, hike, cook, garden, read non-fiction, watch documentaries, and cross country ski.

Installing interpretive signs
in Cotton Hill Park

Organizing a trail project

Back Burner

ABOUT TOWN: Catching Up With Kirkland Mover and Shaker Karen Story

Karen Story is recipient of Urban Forestry Stewardship Award


 2011 Kirkland Chamber of Commerce Above and Beyond Award for community service.

 2010 Washington State Community Forest Council Urban Forest Stewardship Award.

 2010 Washington State Jefferson Award nominee for community service.

 Nominee, 2012 Kirkland Cultural Council and Mayor's CACHET Award for saving the Kirkland Summer Concert series.

Receiving Chamber award from former Kirkland Mayor Bill Woods

Urban Forest Stewardship Award

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