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.

BBC World Questions


This is a link to the BBC World Questions session that occurred last week in Kingston.

Juleus Ghunta on the BBC


There are a lot of inspirational speakers out there. Some move you to change your ways for a few days. Some get you to dream. And very few touch your heart with their sheer will to not only survive but thrive. This was the case for me when I heard Juleus Ghunta speaks seven years ago. I had just moved to Jamaica and was not even close to beginning to understand anything about this country. I’m starting to begin to understand now that I don’t really understand a whole lot. Anyway, Juleus gave me hope. As simple as that. For my time in Jamaica. For the youth. For life itself. And if we do not have hope, we have nothing

This is a lovely feature on Juleus on BBC. And check out my story on his book of poems here.

Dengue outbreak


The government has declared a dengue outbreak. Unfortunately, there have been a number of deaths. This is a good video, but perhaps too late. Although people are already aware of dengue and how to prevent its spread. How much of a role should government play versus personal responsibility?