Kathleen Struck serves as Digital Managing Editor and Education Editor of Voice of America’s Student Union, an online community helping international students navigate the university experience in the U.S. Student Union focuses on the global youth audience.
Kathleen has worked as staff and freelance in print, photo, broadcast and digital media, including the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, Stars and Stripes, Newsday, Globe and Mail, Everyday Health, and other major newspapers. She has a long history in management, and loves working with interns and new journalists.
She lived and worked for nearly 15 years in Jerusalem, Cairo, Tokyo and Toronto as a reporter and editor, traveling throughout Europe, Asia, the Mideast, Australia and North America. She also has deep experience in local news.
Kathleen is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. In 2003-2004, she attended mostly military, defense and leadership courses at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University as an affiliate in the Nieman Fellowship program.
The #MeToo movement has exposed how powerful public figures use sexual harassment against the less powerful. But underreported is how international students in the U.S. deal with harassment on campus. Students from some cultures might face a higher risk because they have been taught not to challenge authority or create conflict. VOA's Kathleen Struck talked with graduate Althea Rao from China, who uses her art to express how she coped sexual harassment and to help educate others.
Every spring, colleges and universities ask speakers to deliver words of wisdom to graduates about to step into the "real world." But who knows better than those who left home as teenagers to study in the U.S.? VOA talked with two international students whose hard work earned them four-year, full-ride scholarships to Babson College and Harvard University.