PUBLISHED: 10:42 AM on Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Capital City Weekly welcomes new staff writer
JUNEAU - Katie Spielberger has joined the Capital City Weekly as a staff writer.

Spielberger, 25, has lived in Juneau for three years. She comes to the Capital City Weekly from the Juneau Empire, where she worked as an advertising assistant for the last 8 months.

"I'm excited to have Katie on board and after working with her on several projects during the past few months I have no doubt she's the right person for the job," said Managing Editor Charles Westmoreland. "She has a proven work ethic and is already familiar with how newspapers operate from her time spent at the Juneau Empire. Katie will be a key component to our coverage of Southeast Alaska and brings a creative spark to her writing style."

Spielberger grew up in Chicago, in the South Side neighborhood of Hyde Park.

In 2001, she moved to Claremont, Calif., to attend Pomona College, a small liberal arts school, where she majored in Linguistics.

"I'm fascinated by all aspects of language, written and spoken," Spielberger said.

She began learning German in elementary school, and has since studied Spanish, Italian, French, Chinese, American Sign Language, and Tlingit.

  Katie Spielberger
Spielberger has been writing stories since she was six, she said. At Pomona, she studied creative nonfiction under New York Times columnist Verlyn Klinkenborg.

After graduating cum laude in 2005, Spielberger left the desert for the rainforest and moved to Juneau to work as a naturalist and deckhand for Four Seasons Marine, doing whale-watching tours in Juneau and Hoonah. She later worked for Hearthside Books before taking a position with the Juneau Empire.

"What makes Southeast Alaska such an exciting place to live also makes it an exciting place to write," Spielberger said. "There's never a shortage of great stories. I'm looking forward to writing articles that wouldn't be told otherwise."

Her hobbies and interests include outdoor recreation, the fien arts, dancing, bird watching, playing the piano and she is learning to ride motorcycles.

She can be reached at