K.C. Compton

KC Compton

K.C. grew up in rural Oklahoma and doesn’t remember a year of her childhood that didn’t involve food — fresh, frozen or canned — from the family’s enormous garden. The definition of security begins there and the path to health, peace and wellbeing leads right into the kitchen. Her definition of world peace is a place where we all can cook for each other and make music together.

K.C. had a long career in journalism that began when she was a general assignments reporter for a daily newspaper in western Oklahoma. From there, she worked as a reporter, editor and columnist for the Albuquerque Journal and, later, the Santa Fe New Mexican. In 1996, she moved to Wyoming for an editing position with the statewide paper, the Casper Star-Tribune, and eventually to Colorado, where she wrote and edited for various new dot-com companies.

In 2001, she was hired as managing editor for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, a lucky break she still counts as one of her lifetime-best scores. From 2003 to late 2011, she worked as editor in chief for several of MOTHER EARTH NEWS' sister publications, starting with The Herb Companion and later including GRIT and Capper’s. In late winter 2011, she came back to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS fold as senior editor.