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.

Koffee review


A review by my friend Erin of Koffee’s new EP. Koffee is an amazing new artist who can navigate between dancehall and reggae, as Erin says.

Long Walk to Freedom



At the last minute, I decided to attend Buju Banton’s Long Walk to Freedom concert. We got bleacher tickets and the view was surprisingly good. The sound not so much. It even conked out for poor Buju’s set. His entrance was a spiritual experience, I think, for the entire 35,000 people there. His voice is still on point- his energy, though…I’m sure many years in prison will change you. For someone who has been listening to Buju since I was a teenager, it was goosebumps all night. That’s the thing about him- somehow there’s a spiritual element that connects with people. Even someone who grew up in another so very different world. The actual staging of the event was also well done, given how many anticipating people there were in one space. I am grateful I was there. 349CE622-754C-4A9F-AA45-53BA08F080BD.jpeg