Kjerstin runs on a steady diet of almond milk lattes and vegetarian breakfast burritos. (Photo Credit: Anca Ulea)

Q: Is that really how you spell your name? Are you like…Martian?

A: Yes, and the J is silent, it is not pronounced “Kuh-jersten,” and no I am not Norwegian. My mom was just a weird 16-year-old.

Q: So where are you from then?

A: Seattle! I was born in the heart of downtown and even when I had to move away a few times (for family and school things) I’ve always found my way back. The Pacific Northwest is my favorite place in the world.

Q: Have you actually seen the entire world?

A: No…you got me there. However, I did study abroad in Prague, Czech Republic, and really enjoyed visiting Rome and Budapest as well!

Q: Since you’re from Seattle, you’re a Seahawks fan, right?

A: Of course. I consider it a crime to live within Seattle city limits and not call oneself a 12. I was raised on sub-par Seattle sports, so it is refreshing, invigorating, flat out amazing to have a winning team. I’m still bitter about losing the Supersonics, and I’ll always remember being terrified of the fireworks at the King Dome during a Mariner’s game when I was little.

Q: What were you doing before you came to work for Content Runner?

A: I was slinging coffee at the “Big Green” (a.k.a. Starbucks), as journalism graduates are wont to do after graduating and realizing that “old media” really is old news. But thankfully, Content Runner has given me the chance to do what I was truly born to do, correct people on their grammar—something my mom is sick of me doing to her on an almost daily basis. I also gave tours of Pioneer Square, which was pretty fun.

kjerstinQ: Where’d you go to school and what drew you to journalism?

A: I went to California State University, Chico and got my bachelors degree in journalism. I first got interested in journalism while I was studying abroad. I realized how much I love storytelling and meeting new people and changed my major as soon as I got back to the U.S. After finishing in just 3.5 years (humble brag), I decided to apply to graduate school and ended up attending Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Q: What are your goals for Content Runner?

A: I would really like to help boost our social media presence. I feel like it is a great way to connect with our Writers and Users in a more conversational way, as well as spread the word about the great service we offer.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A: Still in Seattle, with lots of dogs, cats and/or bunny rabbits, preferably.