Kathleen Koch is a CNN general assignment correspondent based in Washington, D.C., specializing in aviation reporting and serving as back-up correspondent at the Pentagon and the White House. Most recently, Koch has covered President George W. Bush's final months in office.
Her recent work included an investigative report she initiated in July 2007 in which she learned that inmates in a Harrison County, Miss., jail had been beaten and killed by guards. That report won both a New York Festivals Gold Medal and a bronze award for investigative reporting from the New York Association of Black Journalists.
In 2005 and 2006, Koch provided moving reports from the Mississippi Gulf Coast during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Her two documentaries on the recovery of her hometown Saving My Town The Fight for Bay Saint Louis and The Town That Fought Back received a New York Festivals Gold Medal.
In 2004, Koch traveled the country covering the Bush presidential campaign, before being deployed south to Florida to report on the deadly series of hurricanes lashing that state. In 2003, she was part of CNN's around-the-clock coverage from the Pentagon on the build up to and the launch of the Iraq war. A year earlier, Koch was one of the primary correspondents covering the Washington-D.C-area sniper attacks. In 2001, she was part of CNN's Emmy award-winning coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Two months later, Koch was lead correspondent on CNN's coverage of the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in New York.
Before joining CNN, Koch was a general assignment reporter covering Washington D.C., for multiple news organizations. She was also a consumer and medical reporter for the Group W Newsfeed Network and a weekend reporter at WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. She was an anchor and State Department correspondent for "America Today," the U.S. Information Agency's two-hour daily international news broadcast to Europe.
Koch began her career as a reporter and weekend anchor for the ABC affiliate WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Miss.
Koch was a Rotary Foundation International Graduate Scholar at the University of Dijon in Dijon, France. She received her bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi.