CANDIDATE FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE - 1st FRANKLIN DISTRICT

KATE ALBRIGHT-HANNA

If you send me to Boston, I will harness our collective power in Western Massachusetts – our talent, our undervalued natural resources, and our stubborn resilience and ingenuity – and I will amplify our voices and make them listen. That’s the secret power of a muckraking journalist.

Kate is a muckraking journalist who has covered the great turning points of the 21st century, and who has occasionally stepped inside the arena to make a greater impact.

After graduating from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, she joined CNN’s documentary filmmaking unit and won an Emmy for a piece that explored civil liberties in the wake of the September 11th attacks. After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, she uncovered police shootings of unarmed civilians who were fleeing the floods across the Danziger Bridge.

In 2004, she embedded herself inside Howard Dean’s presidential campaign to document the rise of the Netroots and the growing grassroots movement to take politics back from wealthy donors and corporate interests.

In 2007, she approached the Obama campaign about doing a film about that campaign for CNN, and they said no, but she could join the campaign and tell the story from the inside. She agreed to take on the role of Director of Video, and produced over 2,000 videos in the first YouTube campaign. Kate continued her work in the Obama Administration at the Department of Health and Human Services, and produced the first White House Summit on Health Care Reform in 2009.

She returned to journalism at VICE and then MSNBC, covering the Tea Party and Occupy movements — and then once again stepped back into politics as communications director for Zephyr Teachout’s run for New York governor in 2014, and as deputy campaign manager for Ready for Warren in 2015, a grassroots group that urged Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for President.

That year, Kate and her husband Aaron — having just welcomed their third son — decided that they needed to put down roots in a community that shared their values.

They searched for a place where people were active participants in their town government, where they valued small businesses and fought to keep out extractive corporate monopolies, and where family farms created a vital, local foodshed.

Kate and Aaron eventually found their ideal community nestled in the hilltowns of western Massachusetts. Since moving there, Kate has served on Huntington’s Planning and Capital Planning boards, and Aaron has been an advocate for public education as a member of the Gateway Regional School Committee. Together, they work to protect the community assets that brought them to this special place — so that their children can grow up here and learn to give back as well.

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Kate believes that we can revitalize American towns and farms across the country. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for RuralOrganizing.org, and works to connect her local community to a national rural progressive movement. She believes that we can turn red states blue by offering a strong progressive vision to create healthier communities everywhere.