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.

#tanahyuhyaad ie STAY HOME


The government is using patois to communicate to Jamaicans to stay home. Some think it is effective, some don’t. I’m not going out, but from what my husband says when he goes out for necessities and to work, while it is not business as usual, people are still not taking the possible transmission of the virus as seriously as they should. Although, the social media campaign is working for some poeple- I got an email signed off with #tanahyuhyaad…

Digital Town Hall for youth


The Prime Minister held a digital town hall yesterday for children. This is a brilliant idea for any young people who have concerns and fears. You can rewatch it at the link.