Katy Steinmetz is the San Francisco Bureau Chief for TIME Magazine and covers national news throughout California. She began working for TIME as a reporter in Washington, D.C., and was part of a team that chased candidates around the country during the 2012 presidential election. Since moving west in 2013, her coverage has focused on culture, politics, tech and language. She has also written award-winning features on LGBTQ issues, including TIME’s “Transgender Tipping Point” cover story.
In 2016, Steinmetz published a book on American history and culture for kids, called Awesome America. And she once convinced nine members of Congress and nine Beltway journalists to take part in a competitive spelling bee. (Sadly, the politicians won.)