Karen Story

  Read my book: A Yovo in Togo (My Peace Corps Experience in West Africa 1985 to 1987)

  Travel Stories & Photo Journals

  People Profiles


  Technical Documentation and Technical Marketing

  Grants, Websites, Press Releases

  Organizing and Promotional Experience

Travel Stories & Photo Journals

"A Burial in West Africa," The Order of the Good Death, April, 2016

"Voluntourism: Not just for the young or wealthy," Kirkland Patch, June 25, 2013

"Guatemalan voluntourism adventure uncovers strong ties back to the Eastside," The Seattle Globalist, May 29, 2013

"On the Road in Turkey," Wall Street Journal, July 16, 2012

Travels in West Africa (1986)

The Sights and Scents of Greece (Seattle Times 1983)

Travel Blog

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People Profiles

After 13 Years, KPD's Audra Weber Still Loves Being a Cop (Patch)

Founder of Kirkland 'Clean Team' Hopes Kudos is Catching (Patch)

Latter-Day Pioneer Nona Ganz has a Passion for Parks (Patch)

Kirkland Whirlwind Volunteer Sue Contreras Doesn't Know Slow (Patch)

City's Kari Page the Heart and Soul of Kirkland Neighborhoods (Patch)

Young Redmond Jazz Musicians Groove to a Mature Sound (Patch)

Lunch Buddy Volunteer Jay Henwood Rediscovers Joys of Recess (Patch)

Kirkland's Top Cop Eric Olsen - The Man Behind the Badge (Patch)

Former Kirkland Leader Finds Walking Good for the City and Soul (Patch)

From Pancakes to Legal Advice, Kirkland's Walt Krueger Loves To Serve (Patch)

Founder of Kirkland-Based 'Giving Chicks' Has Plenty to Chirp About (Patch)

Kirkland Painter Joanne Shellan Chosen for Solo Show at Governorís Mansion (Patch)

Longtime Rock Star Marty Jourard Chooses Kirkland for his Encore (Patch)

Soon-to-be citizen beautifies Kirkland for the Fourth of July (Kirkland Reporter)

Hugs for the Holidays: Kirkland Artist's Cards Benefit Children's Hospital (Kirkland Reporter)


"I got lots of comments on how well-written it was, how terrific the quotes were, and that even pretty close friends learned things about me they didn't know." - Joanne Shellan

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Volunteers Complete New Stairs in Crestwoods and Cotton Hill Parks (Kirkland Reporter)

A League of Their Own: Kirkland Rotary Clubs Help Special Needs Kids Play Ball (Patch)

Honey Wine Creates Buzz at New Redmond Meadery (Patch)

From Chicks to Veggies, Organic Farm Store Makes it Simple to Grow Your Own (Patch)

The Holly and the Ivy: How You Can Help Save Our Parks (Patch)

Highlanders Bid Farewell to the Rails (Kirkland Reporter)

ADHD and a Lego Heart: A Mother and Son's Journey (Patch)

Zumba Where Ya Been All My Life? Discovering the Joys of Exercise Dancing (Patch)

Highland's Funky House has Heart (Kirkland Courier Reporter)

Kirkland site chosen for University of Washington restoration program (Kirkland Reporter)

Ten Reasons Why You Should Buy Your Tree From the Kirkland Kiwanis (Patch)

Singing with the Stars: Vocalist Emily McIntosh at George's Thursday (Patch)

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Neighborhood Columns

A sampling of over 60 columns written for the Neighborhoods section of the Kirkland Courier and Reporter since 2002.

Courier 1

Courier 2

Courier 3

Courier 4

Courier 5

Reporter 1

Reporter 2

Reporter 3

Reporter 4

Reporter 5

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Technical Documentation and Technical Marketing Pieces
Samples from my 24 years working in the semiconductor, telecommunications, and metrology industries are available on request.

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Wrote grant that received $3000 for summer concert series (2011)

Co-wrote grant that received $25,000 for wood-saving cookstoves project in West Africa (1986)

Co-wrote grant that received $1500 for holiday event for children of inmates (2011)

Press Releases

Press Release (sample of press releases sent monthly for two years)

Song Writing

Original song lyrics

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Organizing and PR Experience

I've been organizing and promoting successful events and projects for many years:

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