Katherine Corcoran is a former Associated Press journalist and the 2017-2018 Hewlett Fellow for Public Policy at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Currently she holds the position of associate director for International Media Relations in the Office of Public Affairs and Communication at the University of Notre Dame.
With the AP, she most recently served as its bureau chief overseeing coverage in Mexico and six Central American countries. Under her leadership, the AP broke major stories, including the Mexican army’s massacre of at least 12 suspected criminals after they had surrendered. She first joined the news organization as an editor on the Latin America Desk after stints at the San Jose Mercury News, the Denver Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
While at the Kellogg Institute, Corcoran studied violence against the press in Mexico, one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. Using the murder of an investigative journalist as a starting point for her research, she explored the paradox of the dramatic decline in press freedom in Mexico as the country has become more democratic. She also contributed to the development of the Institute’s Global Leadership Program.
She graduated from the University of Notre Dame and has taught graduate-level journalism courses at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley, where she piloted a course to train students in digital community journalism that won a $500,000 Ford Foundation grant.
2017–2018: En la Boca del Lobo (In the Lion's Den): Press Freedom in Mexico
Academic Year 2017-2018 : En la Boca del Lobo (In the Lion's Den): Press Freedom in Mexico
New Research by Women Studying Violence
Fear AMLO's Complacency, Not His Revolutionary Rhetoric
Jul 2, 2018
Former Kellogg Visiting Fellow and Hewlett Fellow for Public Policy Kathy Corcoran shares an op-ed in The Washington Post on Mexico's election of Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
Carl Bernstein, Premio Periodismo 'Vanity Fair' 2017
Nov 8, 2017
Visiting Fellow Kathy Corcoran calls Carl Bernstein "a beacon of journalism" in an article in Vanity Fair
Kellogg Welcomes 2017–18 Visiting Fellows
Aug 28, 2017
Ten visiting fellows have settled into their offices at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, where they will conduct research on topics such as democratic accountability, migration, press freedoms, and the engagement of human development with religion in countries across Africa, Europe and Latin America.