About Kate Chappell

"And all I offer here is the distilled poetry of my existence..." Claude McKay, Poet Laureate of Jamaica, 1890-1848 I have been a reporter since 1998, covering mainly business and politics. I have also capitalized on the many skills journalism requires to become an all-around communications specialist. In addition to being a professional curious person and communicator, I have a bad case of the travel bug and can't seem to stay put. Finally, I have put my skills to work as a volunteer in the community wherever I have lived. Now, follow me as I combine these compartments of my life in Kingston, Jamaica, where I am a writer, reporter, journalist and lecturer.

Bobby Digital


This is a nice article in the Guardian about Bobby Digital, who passed away last week at the age of 59

“Jamaica Leads The Way In Profiling Post-Pandemic Travel And Travelers”


Jamaica is preparing to reopen the economy and open borders to tourism. Here’s an article about protocols, although not overly specific.

Beenie Man vs. Bounty Killer



I think all of Jamaica was watching this on Instagram Live Saturday night. Two dancehall legends engaged in a clash, Beenie Man and Bounty Killer. Apparently, Rihanna and P.Diddy tuned in, and to add to the excitement, the police intervened, as the clash exceeded the 8pm curfew.
And according to Billboard Magazine, Beenie Man emerged the winner, although others weighed in saying Bounty Killer was the winner.

Mistaken Identity


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Oh no! For awhile, it appeared Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness had passed away. Or one might have had that impression from a headline and picture on the JIS News Service. It was, in fact, Oliver Clarke, a “media and business mogul”, who died over the weekend. Thoughts and prayers to the family.