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 will be a voluteer with CUSO-VSO. I am working in Kingston with YOU Jamaica, a non-profiit organization that does mentoring and career counselling with the country's youth. CUSO-VSO is an international agency that places professionals in communities where they work to promote sustainable development.

JA’s reefs recover


This is a nice piece from AP on Jamaica’s reefs, which are recovering after efforts by local fishermen and marine experts.

Toy maker


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Some of these stories punch you right in the gut. This young man makes toys and sells them downtown for $150 and $300. He wants to own his own business, but first, is saving up for a phone.

This reminds me of a photographer I profiled many years ago. He also compulsively created animal figures from styrofoam egg cartons. He told me about the creations, and one day I visited his studio. I was speechless. There were dozens and dozens, perhaps hundreds, of these tiny creations, pale blue and green, perched all over his studio. On the floors, tables, shelves. It was overwhelming, endearing and so intimate, to see the product of someone’s compulsive mind.