Nugget Newspaper - Sisters, Oregon News, Events, Classifieds | Sisters, Oregon Nugget Sponsorship



HOMENEWSOPINIONCLASSIFIEDSCouponsCALENDARObituariesROAD REPORTVideo Library
Latest Sisters, Oregon, weather
Current News
Education
Business
• Business
Sports & Recreation
Health
Home & Garden
Columns
Obituaries
Announcements
Area Events
Calendar
Arts & Entertainment
Archive
OPINION
Editorial
Letters
Contact List
Advertising
Camp Sherman
City of Sisters
Deschutes County
Public Library
Sisters Guide
Sisters Chamber
Sisters Map
Sisters Schools
SPRD




Advanced Search

home : business : business June 18, 2018


6/12/2018 1:20:00 PM
The people behind The Nugget... Katy Yoder

Katy Yoder has always been a writer. Now The Nugget freelancer is committed to making writing her life and career.

"That's always been my outlet and my love," she recalled. "And it started with my mom introducing me to all these great books."

Yoder recalls that her mother, Mimi Graves of Sisters, would hold out books as milestones on the road to growing up. At a certain point, she would tell Katy that she was ready for a certain story.

"She made books so exciting," Katy said.

For years she kept journals and wrote poetry - and found a way to keep her hand in the trade through freelance feature writing for The Nugget, which started about a decade ago. Feature writing is a congenial form of journalism for Yoder. She recalls studying journalism in college and being put off by a hard-bitten ethos that getting the story was not just the most important thing, but really the only thing that mattered. An empathetic soul, she couldn't see herself shoving a notepad or a microphone in someone's face in the midst of a crisis or tragedy.

"Getting the story is more important than (people's) feelings," she said. "I knew I couldn't do that."

Feature writing offers a different path.

"I love being able to introduce an interesting person to more people," she said. "And I like telling positive stories. I really love highlighting interesting people and people who have used their lives to do good." (See her most recent story on page 3.)

"It gives me an opportunity to ask questions I wouldn't ordinarily ask," she said. "I'm nosy - but I'm not comfortable being nosy without a reason."

So Yoder ended up in the field she studied after all.

"It's funny, because I ended up doing journalism - but I'm doing the kind of journalism that feels right to me," she said.

The words come easily. The interviews are often so enjoyable and absorbing that the stories "write themselves," Yoder said.

Over the past couple of years, Yoder has taken up a different challenge. Diagnosed with breast cancer while she was working as the development director for Sisters Folk Festival, she started writing a column about her medical struggle - and the accompanying emotional fallout, both good and bad.

"I started writing the columns because Nugget editor Jim Cornelius asked me to do that," she said. "I would never have thought to do that, because I've always told other people's stories, never my own."

Writing the column caused Yoder to delve into areas she'd never opened up to before and explore dark topics - such as facing mortality.

"The reason I asked Katy to write those columns is that I knew she had the courage to be honest, real and authentic - and that she has the chops to communicate what it means to go through a life-changing confrontation with death and dying," Cornelius said. "That kind of writing has a big impact on people because everyone is touched by cancer. They've either faced it themselves or had loved ones taken by it. This is one of those situations where delving deep into the personal communicates the universal - and I knew Katy could do that."

Yoder found that facing a potentially terminal illness broke down psychological barriers, and her writing deepened and became more urgent. She has also been tapped to teach classes on death and dying.

"It opened up the teacher side of me, I guess, just because of the life experience I've had," she said.

Facing mortality and pushing the boundaries of her writing has led Yoder to devote herself to being a full-time writer. She is grateful to her husband, Gary, for his full support of that ambition. She is currently working on a memoir. And she will continue to tell the stories of Sisters folks in the pages of The Nugget.

"I'm really excited to be a full-time writer," she said. "To be what I've always wanted to be."









Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   















Life
© Copyright 2018. All rights reserved. The Nugget Newspaper, LLC
PO Box 698 • 442 E. Main Ave., Sisters, Oregon 97759 • 541-549-9941 office • 541-549-9940 Fax

Life



Software © 1998-2018 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved