Born in the heart of the midwest, Kaitlyn Bailey’s extroverted attitude and desire to learn new things has led her to experience a multitude of opportunities.
As a young girl, Kaitlyn strived to be the best in everything she did. She attended a large high school in Columbia, Missouri, where she was part of the tennis team, band, Key Club and National Honors Society. Even though she loved every sport, club and instrument she played, Kaitlyn knew she had a passion for writing. It wasn’t until she took a journalism introductory class that she knew journalism was her calling. She had a desire to tell stories.
Since then, Kaitlyn continues to make a new for herself in the media industry. She’s covered breaking news, politics, education and more for her school’s journalism program. She landed her first editorial position during her junior year where she served as the editor-in-chief for The Spearhead and The Shield for two years. She was also a reporter for CPS-360, her district’s broadcast television program. That’s where she had the opportunity to intern for the only ABC affiliate television station in Columbia. A few months after internship, she was offered a part-time position as the weekend news producer. Today, Kaitlyn is an editorial writer for COMO Magazine.
Her desire to best the best has led her to places around the world. Kaitlyn traveled to Washington D.C. in the summer of 2019 as a National Youth Correspondent at the Washington Journalism Conference. Kaitlyn has also traveled to Washington D.C., Chicago and Seattle to compete in the annual Student Television Network (STN) convention, as well as the Journalism Education Association (JEA) convention.
Kaitlyn has won over ten awards from the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association and is a two-time recipient of the Gallery of Excellence Award. She was also awarded Outstanding Student in her advanced broadcast television class twice.
Her love for politics has enriched her journalism. Kaitlyn interviewed Missouri Representative Vicky Hartzler during her time in D.C., and has also traveled to the Missouri State Capitol to cover local politics. Her favorite story was covering HB 1954, a bill geared towards ending period poverty in Missouri public and charter schools. After college, she hopes to land a job in Washington D.C. as a political reporter.
Behind the camera, Kaitlyn is a sophomore at the University of Missouri. She is majoring in Strategic Communications and Political Science.
She is a foodie, shopper and football lover at heart. In her free time, you can find her listening to country music, hiking mid-Missouri’s most beloved trails or spending time with her friends.