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 IMF programs in detail


This is the story I wish I had had the time and the venue to write. Instead, my story was chopped from 2,100 to 700 words, although I ran the full story on this blog later on. Nevertheless, this is a fascinating piece from Robin Wigglesworth of the Financial Times about Jamaica and its IMF programs.

Sagicor SIGMA Corporate Race



We walked the Sagicor SIGMA Corporate 5.5K race yesterday. While we didn’t depart from the starting line we walked the full distance. Over 27,000 people participated, including the Prime Minister. Apparently over $55 million JMD was raised. It is a lovely family activity. A special congratulations to my husband who wore jeans for the race.