Kate Cimini is a reporter for The Salinas Californian covering economic inequality, housing and homelessness. A recovering public school teacher, she graduated from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 2018 with a master's degree in national security journalism. Upon graduation, she joined The Californian as its enterprise reporter and has since led the newsroom's partnership with CalMatters, a nonprofit news outlet, as a reporter for the California Divide project. She also led The Californian's partnership with Catchlight Local, partnering with a photography fellow to illustrate the impact of the state's housing crisis on Salinas's farmworkers. She received a Center for Health Journalism Fund grant for her work on that project.


These responses were submitted by members of an advisory board on farmworker housing that featured growers, advocates, and service providers in Monterey County, organized by The Californian reporter Kate Cimini.