I am a locally born and raised Journalist in Humboldt County, and I enjoy reporting on politics, environmental, social justice and healthcare issues locally. I went to UC Santa Cruz and returned to raise my son near his Humboldt roots. I currently work as a freelance journalist and news photographer in Humboldt County for a variety of outlets, including the Redheaded Blackbelt as well as KEET-13 at PBS.
Art & Photography
This photo was used in a series of reporting related to the Delta surge of summer of 2021, where local hospitals were crippled by COVID-19 cases, and could not keep up. Triage of COVID-19 patients into the ER was taking place in the parking lot. The "summer surge" articles - a series of three - can be found at Redheaded Blackbelt: https://kymkemp.com/2021/08/23/covid-summer-surge-mostly-among-the-unvaccinated-brings-humboldt-to-the-brink-of-hospital-capacity-as-staffing-crisis-worsens/