Born Katherine Laura Grace Thomas and previously published under the byline Kate Thomas. She served as the founding editor of Ebola Deeply - a collaborative platform that charted the course of the Ebola outbreak, serving the global public health community. Before Ebola, she covered infectious disease outbreaks, including Lassa Fever and cholera, in Guinea-Bissau, Liberia and Sierra Leone, also reporting on non-communicable diseases (in Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Mozambique and Senegal), access to health during conflict (in D.R. Congo, Libya, Mali) and health systems challenges across the global south. Her research interests include the intersection between health, inequality and narrative, medical anthropology, and community interpretations of illness. She has reported from more than 20 countries in Africa, and is the author of Lonely Planet guides to Kenya, Libya and West Africa, and the translator of French-English human rights reports and poetry.
She cut her teeth as a reporter on the foreign desk of The Independent, moved to Liberia from 2007 until 2010, and lived in Senegal for four years afterwards. She is now based between West Africa and Europe. She works in English and French, and also speaks Portuguese, Italian and some conversational Arabic.
Journalism clients: News Deeply, The Independent, Reuters, BBC, Financial Times, The Guardian, Guernica, TIME, IRIN, Voice of America, Salon, Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, Die Zeit, The Economist, Agence France-Presse, Deutsche Presse Agentur and others.
Communications clients: Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), The Rockefeller Foundation, PEN, United Nations Mission to Liberia (UNMIL), Human Rights Watch, SOS Children's Villages, Save the Children and others.