Katie Hjerpe

Documentary Arts and Media Intern

Katie Hjerpe is the Documentary Media & Arts intern at the Center for Documentary Studies. Originally from New England, she moved to North Carolina to attend UNC and is excited to further explore the Triangle (and the rest of the state) now that she's graduated. While at Carolina, she spent most of her time DJing for WXYC, something she is continuing to do through WXDU (tune in!). Having worked as a student assistant at UNC Wilson Library's Southern Folklife Collection, Katie is excited to learn more about media curation and archival work at CDS. She considers music her one true love—other than her beagle, Walden, of course. In addition to music exploration, she spends her free time reading, writing, learning about history, photography if she could ever learn to properly load her camera, cooking, mastering the art of conversation, and, when she's not feeling too lazy, gardening and spending time outside, which is part of why she loves the South so much even though she's been an avid skier her entire life. Her favorite place, however, is Maine, where she goes every summer with her family to play bocci and deep-sea fish, and every spring by herself, to study with her zen master, whose focus is in mindfulness and parenting. Katie, too, loves children and spent some time in college working with in the public schools and teaching English via Refugee Community Partnership. Her degree is in English, but she loves to learn about and meet people of different cultures and finds North Carolina to be an extremely dynamic community. When she's not trying to discover America, you can find her in Carrboro.