Katherine Pioli

Almost a year after graduating from college, in 2006, Katherine Pioli found use for her English degree while interning for the CATALYST where, like most interns, she cut her teeth on Comings & Goings and other tidbits. Between summers spent fighting wildfires for the U.S. Forest Service, Katherine continued to return to Greta and ask for story assignments. Now, ten years later, Katherine is a full fledged CATALYST family member and the magazine's Assistant Editor.

When Katherine's not planting, weeding or harvesting, teaching middle school-aged children how to hit a baseball and throw a frisbee, or working on her two non-fiction book ideas, she's happily running, skiing or hiking in the mountains.


Articles

Community Profiles, Politics, Social Justice, Think

Change Agents: Ella Mendoza & Resist IMMIGRANT RIGHTS—ART SPEAKS

Ella Mendoza Ella Mendoza, 27—artist, writer, activist. Born—Lima, Peru, brought to the United States when she was 12. Ella Mendoza’s storytelling, her art and her activism, is oft …

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Dining Out, Environmental Politics, Food & Health, Think

Change Agents: Salt Lake Excess STUDENT INITIATIVE—FOOD JUSTICE

It all started in the college Praxis Lab at the University of Utah, in 2016. Ten students taking one of the University Honor’s College’s special semester intensive courses were ask …

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Environmental Politics, Outdoor, Think

Change Agents: CATALYST & Great Salt Lake ENVIRONMENTAL WITNESS

In 6th grade, my class studied the Great Salt Lake, a body of water that lay only 16 miles from our classroom but which we hardly ever saw and really only thought about on the days …

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Community, Community Profiles, Environmental Politics, Home

Change Agents: Tiny house LOCAL AUTHORITY—HOUSING SOLUTIONS

“I am a minimalist,” says Cynthia Wong, a witty, passionate and tenacious woman who is, to date, the most successful advocate for tiny home living in the state of Utah. “I’ve had d …

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Arts, Community Profiles, Connect, Environmental Politics, Food & Health, Home

Change Agents: Grassroots – People with Initiative

Thanks to Martin van Hemert for this lovely photo of Hi Ute Ranch, one of our easements in Summit County. Today, Bonanza Flat is 1,350 acres of undeveloped mountain on the dividing …

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Arts

Elizabeth, the Dance

University of Utah alumna Ann Carlson makes a name for herself in the modern dance world and returns to SLC to work with Ririe-Woodbury choreographing. Let’s consider, for a moment …

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Politics, Think

Passing the long-stalled ERA important again

The things we take for granted. Did you know that only 100 years ago, in 1917, American women still did not have the right to vote?
That changed in 1920, due to the persistent effo …

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Arts, Enjoy, Gatherings

Cantana on the topic of courageous women

Mary Lou Prince, composer At 74 years old, Eleanor Roosevelt traveled through the Tennessee countryside, a $25,000 bounty placed on her head by the KKK, to teach a workshop on civi …

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Bright Ideas Reap Rewards

Local inventors accept the Bright Skies, Clean Air challenge. Joel Ewell is a Salt Lake native, and a tinkerer, one with an electric engineering background to be precise. His combi …

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Think

Letter: Cultural Appropriation

January CATALYST’s cover was controversial for some. CATALYST, Thanks for providing a forum for alternative voices here in Utah. I’m a Mexican-American/Punjabi man who was raised m …

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Environmental Politics

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Secretly under siege. Internal threats to public federal lands in Utah have been ramping up lately—the Public Lands Initiative proposed by Rep. Rob Bishop and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, …

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Culture

Persian New Year

Celebrate and ancient rite of spring. Looking for a way to celebrate spring? You might give Norooz (also spelled Nowruz), the celebration of the Persian New Year, a try. An ancient …

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Connect, Enjoy, Entertainment

CATALYST @ Sundance: Bending the Arc Review

Courtesy of Sundance Institute A day after watching Bending the Arc, an Impact Partners film at this year’s Sundance Festival, I remain struck by an image of a middle-aged man, shi …

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Community

Seeing the World Whole

An all-Muslim Girl Scout troop examines the urban ecological framework of our city following the model of the renowned observer (and Girl Scout) Jane Jacobs. Scrolling through the …

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Community Profiles, Connect, Education, Think

Karen A. Johnson: U of U professor studies successful African American women educators

With a persistent national achievement gap between black and white students, questions about how to improve the quality of education for African Americans continue to pester educat …

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