Inner-City Reality Check

Katie Davis reports from her porch.*


Katie Davis doesn’t look very far for the stories she produces. In fact, they often come to her…. on her front porch.

For many years, Katie has reported stories for public radio direct from her home, the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. And, these aren’t news-maker stories. They’re the stories about “how people live and what they value,” what former Washington Post writer Walt Harrington calls “intimate journalism.” Dispatches from the corner store. Observations on trash, the neighborhood hoarder, and conflict resolution on the basketball court. Her essays are simultaneously local and universal.

For this HowSound, we feature Katie’s essay produced in the aftermath of 9/11 — An Inner-City Reality Check. I think she was brave to write this essay given the climate in the country at the time. So was NPR for broadcasting it.

Currently, Katie is Senior Producer at “The Story.” She’s eager for story pitches from independent producers. You should contact her!

Happy listening,



* For the record, this photo was on the porch at the Center for Documentary Studies, not Katie’s actual porch.


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