Desiree Kane is a Miwok woman, multi-media journalist, and a live-media event producer. She's currently living at Oceti Sakowin Camp near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation documenting and organizing around #NoDAPL. She's the National Engagement Director for The People for Bernie Sanders as well. With People for Bernie she's working on opening #District13, a DC-based movement house aimed at empowering organizers focused on stopping Trump's racist policies in their tracks. 

Her body of journalistic work ranges widely. From producing a short form documentary on coal on the Navajo Nation for VICE News, to photojournalism and writing for Yes! Magazine, to her travel + tech column for nearly 3 years at Creative Loafing, to reporting on an Indigenous Women's Treaty Signing in Paris during the COP21 in Earth Island Journal, to writing and producing a multi-media exposé detailing immigrant detention in Aurora, CO on Shadowproof, there's no arena of storytelling Desiree hasn't touched. She's also a photographer who has contributed to the Light and Media Invitational at  the Gallery At Packard Place in Charlotte, NC, Mint Press Newsthe Bernie Sanders campaign, and beyond. Upworthy, alongside a number of other well known media outlets, have covered her and/or her work as well. In 2016, The Los Angeles Times covered her work, twice.  

She's served on the Advisory Board of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Generation Nation, and is one of the founders of The PPL, which was a hub providing programming, services, space, and resources for 1,800 unaccredited media makers covering the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC in 2012.  

Desiree's conjoined career paths have become self-reinforcing. Her nose for finding stories in journalism often helps her also in finding potential speakers for live media events she produces.

She has worked with the Society of Environmental Journalists on their conference and has produced others events with attendance numbers as big as 3,000 people like Netroots Nation, which she organized for years, and The People's Summit, an annual event founded in Chicago in July 2016.

The events she produces feature high level speakers, politicians, artists, and other culture makers.

Politicians like Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley, alongside other Progressive leaders like Elizabeth Warren. 

She's done a concert featuring conscious rapper Immortal Technique and Constant Flow (CF) and been the cultural producer of a to Top 10 in Phoenix mural projects featuring well known muralists Mata Ruda, Jess X. Chen, Thea Gahr, and Jetsonorama in partnership with Justseeds Artist Co-operative, the Colibrí Center for Human rights, and the producers of Sundance Award Winner for Cinematography Who Is Dayani Cristal?

During her years organizing the Palm Springs Photo Festival, annually produced a dozen-workshops running at once (for a week) program for 12+ celebrity photographers like portrait-maker Frank Ockenfels III and war and conflict photojournalist from NOOR Images, Stanley Greene. 

Other fun facts about Desiree:

  • In 2010, Desiree hosted the first (?) hashtag party in Charlotte wherein hundreds of us en masse all lobbied the Democratic National Convention Committee on Twitter to pick North Carolina over Missouri. First Lady Michelle Obama announced on February 1, 2011, in an email to supporters that Charlotte, North Carolina, had been chosen as the site for the 2012 Convention. 
  • In 2011, Desiree was one of 150 in the world chosen by NASA to come to Cape Canaveral to witness the very last shuttle launch and be part of the #STS135 #NASATweetUp. She wound up on NASA TV asking Elmo a question. ^_^
  • In 2012, TED hosted 850 promising TEDx organizers in Doha, Qatar for 18 days for TEDxSummit. Desiree recieved a scholarship from TED to attend and she gave a short talk on building digital media internships in the non-profit environment. 
  • In 2014, Desiree went with a team of researchers from the Jane Goodall Institute - Nepal to document climate change adaptations happening, extreme weather patterns, and to (try to) document the endangered Ganges River Dolphin. She also interviewed Indigenous women about their first-hand experiences being on the front lines of rapid climate change.

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  • High profile, ranging from ~500 - 3,000 attendees
  • For media makers of all varieties
  • Digital strategy for event marketing and outreach


  • Multimedia field reporting
  • Writer
  • Fixer
  • Producer
  • Photojournalist

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| Media blitz(es!)

#The PPL @ THE #DNC2012


Feature Article: Bloggers get high-tech home for DNC | Charlotte Observer

Feature Article: Thousands of bloggers here for DNC | Charlotte Observer

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Feature Video: The PPL: Home for Independent Art + Media during the DNC | Charlotte Video Project

Interview: The PPL of Charlotte | NPR - Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins


Feature Article: The PPL Holding Kickoff Party This Tuesday | Charlotte Magazine

Feature Article: The People's Convention | Charlotte Magazine

Interview: We are the PPL | Charlotte Viewpoint


Mention: Learn from the Pros at marketCharlotte | Charlotte Chamber 

Feature Article: For the PPL, By the PPL: DNC Kick-off Tonight! | Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists


Feature Article:  Media At the DNC, Part II: The Garden | Charlotte Magazine


Mention: In a Social Campaign, What Role for the Press? | Columbia Journalism Review   

Feature Article: At home with the PPL in Charlotte | Columbia Journalism Review


Mention: Oft-kicked Charlotte kicks off right | Columbia Journalism Review

#DNC hashtag party

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Mention: Learn from the Pros at marketCharlotte | Charlotte Chamber

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Interview: CLT Blog and Desiree Kane Interview at the 2011 Social Fresh Conference | The Marketing Squad

Interview: 'The PPL' of Charlotte | NPR - Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins

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The Table: Great Roads to Great Chefs series at the historic Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO, was a fundraiser for flood relief and a culinary series featuring celebrity chefs from the Rocky Mountain front range. Estes Park was hit first by the 1,000 year flood of 2013 and one of the town's business owners, who relies almost exclusively on tourism just like the town, hosted this series and donated thousands of desperately needed dollars to the town's flood relief coffers with it's proceeds. These are some of the images and videos I was (deliciously) happy to produce for The Stanley over the course of weeks in early 2014.

Chefs featured in the series: 

  • Top Chef Winner Chef Hosea Rosenburg
  • Chef Ian Kleinman
  • Chef Geoff Rhyne
  • Chef Jeff Osaka
  • Chef Alec Schuler
  • Chefs Drew Hardin and Orlando Benavidez
  • Chef Ryan Leinonen
  • Chef Mark Metzger
  • Chef James Mazzio
  • Chef Chad Scothorn
  • Chef Ari Kolender
  • Chefs Caleb shriver and Phillip Perrow