Katie is an award-winning video producer, editor, writer, videographer and journalist. She creates short documentaries, promotional videos and news reports from start to finish. Her work has been shown across the country and around the world.
Katie is based in Bloomington, Indiana and specializes in Catholic/Christian media. She is the founder and producer of Thing in a Pot Productions. She frequently creates multimedia journalism packages for national outlets like Catholic News Service, Grotto Network and St. Anthony Messenger.
Katie is available to work freelance on projects throughout the Midwest. Her skills equally prepare her to lead entire projects or collaborate with other dedicated creators.
Skills: Katie is well-versed in producing, writing, interviewing for, and editing short documentaries, promotional videos, and news reports. She is also experienced in directing, videography, journalistic writing for print, photography and marketing. Katie has strong grasp on Catholic/Christian theology and culture.
Experience: Katie co-founded the independent media company Thing in a Pot Productions, where she writes, produces, shoots and edits promotional videos for small business and non-profit clients like Boys and Girls Clubs of Bloomington, MJ Insurance, CASA of Monroe County and Best One Tire. She regularly creates multimedia journalism packages for the national distributor Catholic News Service, is a one-man-band producer for Grotto Network and is a go-to writer/photographer for St. Anthony Messenger and Indianapolis' Criterion. She also has directed, shot, and edited dozens of short documentaries, including "Struck Down But Not Destroyed."
Prior to working full-time freelance, Katie worked as a producer and one-man-band reporter for New Evangelization Television (NET) Currents, a daily Catholic news show sponsored by the Diocese of Brooklyn. She wrote, interviewed, shot, reported on-camera, and edited a daily news story under the guidance of Ed Wilkinson, long-time editor of The Tablet newspaper, and Howard Doyle, Emmy-winning executive producer of ABC’s Eyewitness News. She was the only field reporter sent to cover Pope Francis' apostolic trips to both the USA (September 2015, reported from Philadelphia) and Mexico (February 2016, reported from Mexico City and Ciudad Juarez). Katie also trained with the acclaimed Catholic production company Grassroots Films, with Emmy-winning producer Helen Young on her feature-length documentary The Nuns, the Priests, and the Bombs and on a variety of commercial and television shoots.
Awards and Highlights: Katie's videos have been screened at film festivals in New York City, California, Canada, Poland, and in between. Katie wrote, took photos and created the video for the report "Memorial Comes to Former Abortion Clinic" (Winner, Best Multimedia Package Depiction of Pro-Life Activities, Catholic Press Awards 2017). Katie produced, directed, and edited “NightFever in New York City,” (Winner, "Best Music Video," Goodness Reigns Film Festival 2016), “In Quietness and Confidence” (Winner, "Director’s Choice Award," San Diego Christian Film Festival 2012, Official Selection, New Filmmakers New York 2014, Official Selection, Christian Life International Film Festival 2013) and "Snow Falls in Brooklyn" (Official Selection, NYC Indie Film Fest 2016). Her short documentary, "Our Lady of Czestochowa Visits NYC" was featured on EWTN Live (January 2014).
Born as the middle child in the small town of Tiffin, Ohio, Katie was so shy in elementary school that she would not even call the grocery store to ask their closing hours. In high school, she was inspired to learn filmmaking after seeing Walden Media’s blockbuster recreation of C.S. Lewis’ classic tale “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.” She spent most waking hours either behind the computer editing or with a video camera in her hand.
Katie took a leap of faith and headed to New York City after graduating from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, in May 2012 with a degree in film production. Without a permanent job or any connections, she arrived in the Big Apple with one suitcase and “moved” into a hostel. Only a couple of weeks later, the hostel was suddenly shut down for fire safety violations and all were forced to vacate that day, including Katie. But God (miraculously) provided – a friend of a friend of a friend allowed Katie to stay until she had permanent housing arrangements. Freelance jobs and borrowed money from family members kept her barely afloat during the first year of city living. When her savings account dipped below one hundred dollars, God again provided – NET Currents called her for an interview and she was hired full-time.
Katie became engaged to her best friend, Brian Rutter, in January 2015. The two had held together a long-distance relationship for four years as Katie worked in NYC and Brian pursued a doctoral degree in microbiology at Indiana University. Shortly after Katie's return to the Midwest, they were wed on April 29th 2017.