Hi, I'm Katie. ("The Johnstonator" won't stick.)

When I was a kid, I kept a detailed, color-coded binder full of hand-written facts about every type of dinosaur. I used these facts to act out elaborate dramas with my plastic dinosaur figurines. Now, my job is to use research to write stories. I think that’s pretty cool.

I’ve worked on campaigns for Bud Light, Clorox, Slim Jim, Hidden Valley, Warner Brothers, Brown ’n’ Serve Sausages, MGM Resorts, Fresh Step cat litter, Giovanni Rana, Avon, and Optimum Cable. One of the spots I wrote for Slim Jim was #4 on Spike TV’s Funniest Commercials of 2015, and my mom forgot to TiVo it. 

In my spare time, I make jokes on Twitter, run, hike, foster rescue dogs, and re-watch season 4 episode 8 of The Simpsons , “Marge vs. The Monorail." 

This is my Resumé.


VCU Brandcenter / Richmond, VA
MS in Business - Branding / 2012-2014

Knox College / Galesburg, IL
BA in Creative Writing & Psychology / 2007-2011
Graduated Cum Laude


Wieden + Kennedy NY / New York, NY
Copywriter / 2018-present
Accounts: Bud Light
As Plato once said, "If you can shotgun it, you can write an ad about it."

McCann NY / New York, NY
Copywriter / 2017
Accounts: Lysol, MGM Resorts, USPS, National Geographic
If you try hard enough, "Vegas" can be a noun, a verb, and an adjective.

The Martin Agency NY / New York, NY
Copywriter / 2016-2017
Accounts: Giovanni Rana, Avon, Optimum Cable, Kayak.com
Everybody's got dreams. Mine was to make a pasta brand's social post about Beyoncé's pregnancy.

DDB San Francisco / San Francisco, CA
Copywriter / 2015-2016
Accounts: Clorox, Hidden Valley, Slim Jim, Banquet, Pam, Chef Boyardee, Presidio National Park
I wrote the line "window coverings are hard to clean, that's for curtain" and was not fired.

DDB San Francisco / San Francisco, CA
Junior Copywriter / 2014-2015
Accounts: Clorox, Hidden Valley, Slim Jim, Banquet, Dial, Fiat Chrysler
I was MVP of the agency flag football tournament. No one believes me when I tell them that. 

Competiscan, LLC / Chicago, IL
Data Entry Clerk2012
I sorted and processed direct mail for a market research company. I was a medical anomaly of papercut survival.

Target / Chicago, IL
Starbucks Barista / 2011-2012
I learned "interpersonal communication skills" through smiling at people when they yelled at me for making cappuccinos foamy.

Storm Communications / London, England
Public Relations Intern / Fall 2009
I wrote press releases, called a lot of British people, and once delivered a bag of frozen potatoes to the BBC.


  • Shortlist - Cannes Lions: TV & Cinema Film, Sweet Foods & Snacks - Slim Jim, "Lineup"
  • San Francisco's 32 Under 32 for 2016 - SF Egotist & AD2SF
  • London International Awards, TV/Cinema/Online Campaign, Finalist - Slim Jim TV
  • 2016 National Addy, Silver: Regional/National Television Commercial Campaign - Slim Jim TV
  • 2016 SF Addy, Gold: Television Regional/National Campaign - Slim Jim TV
  • 2016 SF Addy, Judge's Award: Slim Jim TV
  • Spike TV's Funniest Commercials of the Year 2015: #4 for Slim Jim "Amish Buggy"
  • 48 Funniest Women on Twitter, 2015
  • Davenport Playwriting Award Runner-Up, 2011


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This is 3 minutes of me talking about my colonoscopy. Enjoy.