Defying stereotypes and pioneering a future for women writers in this city, Casey Parks is one of the last few honest storytellers.
One could imagine how hard it would be to switch places--from reporting to interviewing-- but Parks spoke with a melodic, unruffled voice, similar to those she interviews.
Born in the South, Parks moved around quite a bit during her childhood, finding it almost impossible to form a sense of home. After graduating college in Mississippi, Parks found her passion as a Diversity Reporter for The Oregonian.
Many may think of the cliche idea of the empathetic, white woman coming in to save the lives of the miserable, impoverished people of color, saving them and getting them in college, but that is not Parks’ story.
Searching high and low to find stories of black success, Hispanic presence and Asian activism, Parks has found a niche, telling the stories of those without one themselves. The voices not heard. The stories untold. That is her originality, she truly cares to see everyone thrive.
This is the modern journalistic movement, this is Casey Parks.