I’ve cartwheeled in Indonesia, stared down bison in South Dakota and gotten lost in Samoa. All for the story, of course. I enjoy sharing them almost as much as I love finding them.

I wrote my first story at age 7. It was a fictional account of a bear named Q who received a puppy as a gift. I later transitioned to global nonfiction work: I’ve written about refugees creating podcasts to stem gender-based violence, why work is so good for women in Iceland and immigration policies in the Northern Mariana Islands, among other issues. My stories have been published by The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Ms. Magazine, NBC News, Marie Claire, Al Jazeera America, Next City, BuzzFeed, Travel Weekly, Conde Nast Traveler, Poynter and others. I have also written a book about the people, places and unique histories of Main Streets in Oklahoma.

I am currently a Tulsa Artist Fellow focusing on writing about women in the criminal justice system in Oklahoma as well as refugees in Oklahoma. I have received reporting grants from The International Reporting Project (RIP), The Fistula Foundation, The Tulsa Artist Fellowship and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

In addition to the above areas, I have also worked or conducted journalism or communications work from the Northern Mariana Islands, Samoa, China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Mexico, Guatemala,  India, Iceland, Ethiopia and the United States, where I am currently based.

I’m passionate about the issues facing women and girls, the intricacies of global poverty, social entrepreneurship and historic preservation.

Outside of work, I enjoy exploring new countries by foot, drinking coffee while posting photos to Instagram, sweating away at the gym and on the hiking trail, and impromptu dance parties with friends.

If you’d like to discuss a collaboration, please email me at kristi.eaton@gmail.com.

And because I know you’re curious to know what I look like:

Headshot 2020

This is me on a photoshopped day.

And this is me with one of my best friends on a beach day.