M.A.,University of Michigan
During her tenure at Northern, Cate has focused on First Amendment scholarship, developing a special topics course in First Amendment Freedoms and an associated all-campus event, First Amendment Day. She is currently developing a specialty in multimedia journalism, including digital photography, audio and video recording. She teaches a variety of journalism classes, including beginning and advanced news writing, copy-editing and page design, feature writing, and practicum. The latter dovetails with Cate’s rotating role as faculty adviser to The North Wind, Northern’s student newspaper, whose student staff nominated her as Adviser of the Year in 2006. Additionally, Cate teaches Good Books and, occasionally, technical writing. She has presented at academic and professional conferences on a variety of topics, including diversity, working with the media and creating complex story forms.
Cate holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree in animal science from the University of Minnesota, where she also completed two years of doctoral study.