Award-winning journalist and public speaker



Behind the Words

Kat Stafford is the national race and ethnicity writer at The Associated Press, covering the 2020 election and how race intersects with society, culture, politics, health and more.

She was elected to a two-year term in 2020 as a Board of Director for the Investigative Reporters and Editors, the industry's leading nonprofit organization focused on investigative journalism. She is also the chair of IRE's Member Services Committee.


An award-winning journalist, Stafford was previously an investigative journalist at the Detroit Free Press and has received several awards for her work. Stafford was part of a two-person reporting team that won Michigan's Associated Press Media Editors 2019 First Amendment Award, for the Free Press' 'Make Your Date' investigative project. 

She was named a 2019 Ida B. Wells Investigative Fellow and received the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2017 Young Journalist of the Year Award from the organization's Detroit Chapter. Stafford was also a 2016 Fellow of the Loyola Law School, Los Angeles’ prestigious Journalist Law School. Stafford is the vice president of the SPJ Detroit chapter and is a board member of Eastern Michigan University’s student newspaper, The Eastern Echo. Stafford has also made several television appearances and regularly hosts and moderates events. She also has led several training sessions and panels, including for the Ida B. Wells Society and Maynard Institute.


“I have a front row seat to history every day. I love what I do and I feel so fortunate to live my dream daily.”




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