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Catherine James

Cairns City, Australia
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About Catherine
I am an Australian freelance journalist based in Kabul, Afghanistan. I have worked for a variety of news outlets, mostly writing about people living in conflict zones, in the four years I have been based here. 

In the last six months I have written for The Guardian, The Daily Mail, ABC (Australia) Online, NewsCorp Australia, and Deutsche Welle. The stories were written from South Turkey about the siege of the Kurdish town of Kobane in Syria, from Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand about the plight of civilians in one of the country's most hotly contested regions, and from the eastern Khost province about the North Waziristani people fleeing Pakistan's military operation in their region, only to set up a refugee camp on an old minefield in Afghanistan. 

I am also frequently called on to do radio crosses with CBS news radio from Afghanistan.
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Winter tips for pet reptiles at the Oklahoma Reptile Show

05 Dec 2022  |  103.3 The Eagle
The Oklahoma Reptile Show attracted numerous exotic pet enthusiasts to Tulsa, where they could buy and sell reptiles and other cold-blooded animals. Amethyst Halvorsen, owner of Bio Boutique, shared tips on keeping these pets warm during winter, emphasizing the importance of heat lamps or mats, maintaining humidity, and handling pets safely to prevent Salmonella transmission. The event highlighted the need for proper care and the potential risks associated with keeping reptiles as pets.

Mayor G.T. Bynum to delegate funding to mental health crisis center YES Tulsa

17 Nov 2022  |  103.3 The Eagle
Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum announced plans to collaborate with the Tulsa City Council to allocate $1 million for the city's first 24/7 urgent mental health crisis center, Youth Evaluation Services (YES Tulsa), dedicated to assisting children and families. The center aims to address the high number of suicide attempts among Tulsa County children and provide immediate evaluations and stabilization in a family-friendly environment. YES Tulsa Program Director Solmaz Bulut and Clinical Director Andre Campbell emphasized the need for immediate options and early intervention. Jeff Dismukes from the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services supported the initiative, noting the overcapacity of emergency room beds and the importance of accessible care.

OKPOP appoints new chairperson, updates fundraising timeline

11 Nov 2022  |  102.3 KRMG
Scott Petty has been appointed as the new chairperson of the OKPOP museum fundraising group. Petty, who has nearly two decades of fundraising experience, is set to guide the foundation's efforts to raise $30 million needed to complete the museum's exhibits. The building is finished, and collections are on site, but the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed fundraising and scheduling. Despite the setbacks, Petty is confident the project will be completed within the next 24 months.

OKPOP appoints new chairperson, updates fundraising timeline

01 Jan 2022  |  103.3 The Eagle
The OKPOP museum fundraising group has appointed Scott Petty as the new chairperson. Petty, who has extensive experience in professional fundraising, takes on this role during a critical time for the museum's development. The museum needs $30 million to complete its exhibits, with the building and collections already in place. Despite setbacks due to COVID-19, Petty is confident that the project will be completed within the next 24 months. The appointment is seen as a full-circle moment, as Petty was a close friend of the late Steve Ripley, a major supporter of the museum.

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