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.

“A grassroots effort to bring Jamaica’s coral reefs back from the brink”


This is a nice photo feature from the Washington Post on the effort to bring back Jamaica’s reefs.

The use of styrofoam was also banned as of Jan. 1, 2020. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. For the most part, people are following the ban of plastic bags, although there are still plenty of plastic products floating around, like plastic bags that come with packaging, as well as plastic bottles and containers. At least it’s a start…