Hometown: Richfield, MN
Birthday: May 15, 1985
Caitlin Burgess comes to Richfield Patch with community journalism and social media background.
Caitlin is a Richfield native and graduated from Richfield High School in 2003. She went on to study print journalism and Spanish at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. While in college, Caitlin wrote for the school newspaper and had a handful of internships, including writing script for an educational documentary.
After college, Caitlin managed a retail store before becoming a freelance writer for the Twin Cities Daily Planet, a nonprofit community newspaper. She wrote on a variety of topics including: The U.S. Census, community events, nonprofits receiving grants and books. It was here where she learned about citizen journalism and the importance of "covering the uncovered" issues and people in the community.
While writing for the Daily Planet, Caitlin became the editorial intern for FenderBender magazine, a collision repair trade publication in St. Paul. Here she was charged with establishing a presence on social media platforms. She also wrote daily content for the Web and monthly content for the printed version.
Now, Caitlin is responsible for anything and everything that goes on with Richfield Patch. She edits reports, and manages freelancers and Web content.
When Caitlin isn't working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She likes shopping, watching old movies, going out to eat and attending social events.
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I have never been one to follow politics very closely. I grew up in a liberal household where I was told to vote based on issues.
I was baptized Episcopalian, confirmed Lutheran and given a degree from a Catholic university. I would say I am more "spiritual" than one thing or another.
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I've been impressed with how well informed people in the community are. In these times, jobs, schools and taxes are the main concerns of the community. However, I also think arts and leisure are extremely important to Richfield residents.