About KATHERINE ALBERS
After spending the majority of her first 26 years as a Hoosier, Katherine felt she needed to see more than the corn and Colts that make up the Indiana landscape. Moving to Southwest Florida in September 2005 gave her that opportunity.
It also gave her the opportunity to cover K-12 education policies in Collier and Lee counties. The subject matter interests her greatly as her younger sister, Stephanie, is a teacher at their former elementary school in Indianapolis. She covered education until the summer of 2011, when she accepted a change of assignment that has her covering Collier government and transportation.
But the move to Florida will never shake her deep love for the Indiana University men's basketball team, music by Hoosier greats David Lee Roth and John Cougar Mellencamp, or the deep-fried pickles only available at the county fair. A 2001 Indiana University graduate who majored in journalism and political science, Kate — as her friends call her — knew she wanted to be a journalist from the moment her father put a copy of "All the President's Men" in her hands.
An avid reader and proud owner of a signed copy of the Michael Chabon classic "Wonder Boys," Kate likes to spend her free time with her husband, Daily News photographer David Albers, and their cat, Gus; traveling to exotic places like Paris, France, and Montgomery City, Mo.; taking as many books from the Collier County Public Library as she can carry out; and forcing her husband to watch the best show on television, "Gossip Girl."
In the 239: Top 5 things to do this weekend
Updated 01/30/2014 at 7:21 p.m.
Here are the weekend's best bets in Southwest Florida.
Ambulances headed back to Bonita Springs fire houses
Published 01/29/2014 at 5:18 p.m.
It's checkout time for Lee County EMS personnel at local hotels in Bonita Springs.
25-year-old man, 2 dogs shot dead in East Naples home
Updated 01/20/2014 at 10:52 p.m.
Collier detectives are investigating a homicide after a man was found dead at a residence in East Naples early Monday morning.
Panther found dead on I-75 believed to be one marauding in Golden Gate Estates
Published 01/02/2014 at 9:22 p.m.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists believe a panther killed Thursday is the same one seen lingering in Golden Gate Estates yards in that area for months. The animal had an unusual white marking on its left ear.
Único superviviente del triple accidente fatal de Immokalee está de alta del hospital
Published 11/04/2013 at 4:56 p.m.
Mientras Lamorris se recuperaba de sus heridas físicas, su padre está más preocupado por la salud emocional de su hijo después de perder a 3 amigos considerados como hermanos.
Teacher alleges age discrimination on part of Collier school district
Updated 08/07/2013 at 6:48 p.m.
"I believe I am being treated this way because of my age, 69," Lewis Davis wrote in the complaint. "Other younger new teachers who were hired with some or no experience were not required to be a pool teacher and ...
Collier, Lee schools see letter grade drop in state ratings
Updated 07/26/2013 at 11:46 p.m.
Collier saw 24 of its elementary and middle schools drop one letter grade. High school grades aren't expected to be released until later, state education officials said today.
Longtime Collier Democratic Party leader Chuck Mohlke dies
Updated 07/16/2013 at 11:22 p.m.
Chuck Mohlke, Collier County’s unofficial conscience on political matters and the county’s most recognizable Democrat, has died.
Mike Davis teacher out of a job after improperly helping students on test
Published 06/27/2013 at 5:04 p.m.
A Collier County third grade teacher won't be returning to the classroom after she admitted she improperly helped her students on an FCAT prep writing test earlier this year. Find out what she's accused of doing.
Southwest Florida getting more wet weather from Tropical Storm Andrea
Published 06/05/2013 at 9:33 p.m.
Southwest Florida is usually on the sunny side of the street, but this week sunny has been replaced with soggy.
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