Born and raised on the North Shore of Chicago, Katie is an only child who was raised by her mother. Katie’s strength, confidence, and drive came from her mom’s hard work, love, and determination as a parent. Katie says if it wasn't for her mother's love and strength, she would never have the ambition to do what she is doing today.
Ever since Katie was a young girl, she dreamed of becoming an actress in Hollywood. After years of balancing high school and modeling in Chicago, she entered a Liberal Arts College in Wisconsin with a track scholarship. Katie finished college with a Business and Marketing Degree while working as a model part-time.
Katie has always been very independent and driven to accomplish her goals and dreams in life.
The summer of 2004, after graduation, Katie took a real estate position in Chicago. In the interim, she enrolled in acting classes and worked on a few movie sets while going to auditions. This was a very busy and enlightening time as she juggled all these endeavors as her knowledge for the film industry grew exponentially.
One of Katie's many accomplishments was gathering ten humane societies and organizing a fundraiser, by herself, which raised a huge amount of money to help support animal rescue and abuse centers. Katie's passion has always been to help rescue animals that have been abused or unwanted and she often visits sanctuaries and volunteer's her services. Her goal is to one-day start her own rescue center and sanctuary for unwanted and abused exotic and domestic animals.
You may recognize Katie from the hit TV show "America's Next Top Model" Season #1. Recently, she worked on such movies as "The Break Up" and the "Lake House", which were filmed in Chicago. co-hosted the show "Get Out" appearing on HDTV.
Katie has also appeared on Larry King Live and talked about her experiance working on "Deal or no Deal". Katie will be appearing in national commercials for Chandon Champagne, Emerald Nuts, Black Magic, and her newest commercial for the new AT&T "LG" phone appearing with Brody Jenner and Lauren Conrad from "The Hills". Be on the lookout for Katie in her print campaign for Epson printers and her role as Jessica Reed in CSI NY.
“God didn't promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way"
“Life is about finding your passion and purpose in the world to make a difference.”
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