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Kathy K. Im

Director

Kathy oversees investments in the Foundation’s journalism program, one of the largest media programs in philanthropy, which supports the foremost institutions of public service journalism, investigative journalism, and documentary film in the U.S. During her tenure, MacArthur’s journalism support has contributed to numerous impactful and award-winning investigations and documentaries, and important innovations in the production and distribution of public service journalism. In the Fall of 2014, Kathy took a sabbatical from the Foundation to be a Visiting Fellow at MIT’s Open Documentary Lab. At MIT, she explored the intersection of interactive documentaries and digital journalism, and laid the groundwork for new collaborations between interactive media makers and major news organizations.

During her tenure at MacArthur, Kathy has also managed or contributed to a number of special initiatives, including the Foundation’s work on gun violence prevention, intellectual property in the public interest, Internet information credibility, migration, and American democracy.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Kathy worked at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Bank of America Foundation. In 2007, Kathy was named a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, a civic program for emerging leaders.

Kathy earned her bachelor's degree in government from Smith College and her master's in Public Policy from the Harris School at the University of Chicago, where she was a founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Policy Review.

Kathy serves on the boards of Media Impact Funders and the Center for Asian American Media.

Kathy K. Im works on the following MacArthur programs and projects:

Journalism & Media

Strengthening American Democracy

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