Kate is a journalist and media entrepreneur, whose instincts for powerful storytelling have led her from presidential campaign trails to the flooded streets of post-Katrina New Orleans to the true meaning of funk and the legacy of James Brown. She won Emmys for two post-9/11 CNN documentaries and was nominated for a film about the 2004 Howard Dean campaign and the rising power of the Netroots.
In 2013, she launched Tarbell Industries to celebrate the Progressive Era's muckraking journalists -- and to create a network for our own era's investigative journalists and progressive crusaders. Currently, Tarbell hosts dinner salons that connect influential voices from media and politics. In the spring of 2015, Tarbell was selected as part of a Fellowship at the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism.
As a journalist, Kate spent eight years as a documentary filmmaker at CNN, as well as at VICE under the creative direction of filmmaker Spike Jonze. She also served as a consulting producer on “Law and Disorder,” a Frontline/ProPublica documentary about police shootings in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She then launched two political talk shows at MSNBC: "The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell" and "Up with Chris Hayes," where she led the editorial teams as senior producer.