Kate is an entrepreneur, writer and documentary filmmaker whose instincts for powerful storytelling have led her from presidential campaign trails to the flooded streets of post-Katrina New Orleans to the true meaning of funk and the legacy of James Brown. She won Emmys for two post-9/11 CNN documentaries and was nominated for a film about the 2004 Howard Dean campaign and the rising power of the Netroots.
Kate joined Barack Obama’s presidential campaign as the Director of Video for New Media in the spring of 2007. By the end of the campaign, her team had produced over 2,000 videos, which ranged from thirty-second spots to twenty-minute documentaries. According to TechPresident, total viewing time totaled 14,548,809.05 hours, compared to 488,093.01 hours for Republican nominee John McCain’s videos — a ratio of 30:1. Kate continued into the Administration as Content Lead for the Presidential Transition Team’s website, Change.gov, and as a New Media consultant to the White House Office of Health Reform and the Department of Health and Human Services.
She returned to documentary filmmaking at VBS, an online documentary site under the creative direction of filmmaker Spike Jonze, and served as a consulting producer on “Law and Disorder,” a Frontline/ProPublica documentary about police shootings in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She most recently launched The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell and Up with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, where she led the editorial team as senior producer.
She is currently launching Tarbell Cocktails and Conspiracy, a political salon where this generation's writers, artists, muckrakers and activists can scheme online and offline in the spirit of revolutionary leisure.
In her spare time, she enjoys going through her grandparents’ scrapbooks.
Founder and CEO, Tarbell Industries