Writing, in different formats, is a common thread connecting Kim’s interdisciplinary practice. She was formerly a fulltime news journalist and a journalistic ethos and style infuses her written work at large. Kim continues to freelance as a journalist, favouring print publications and long-form reportage. Her writing range extends to books, journal articles and occasional essays. She has over two decades of writing and editing experience, including various News Editor positions - most notably a weekly at Financial Times Business. At the same group, she helped set up and then manage a bespoke online news service. Kim is widely published on popular and specialist platforms.
Kim holds an MA in International Journalism from City University London, with a dissertation on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that summarised the proceedings for a foreign readership and addressed the issue of conflict reporting. Kim also holds B.Journ degree awarded with Distinction from Rhodes University, specialising in Writing and Editing for print. During this time, she worked in student/ community radio news and headed up the radio newsroom in her final year. A stint of weekend radio news reporting followed before moving to the UK and working fulltime as a journalist for five years.
Kim has been published by media houses including FT Business, Newsweek (Africa bureau stringer 2003-2007), Sunday Independent, Business Day, Salon.com, & News International. She has covered diverse topics from xenophobic violence to South Africa’s hosting of the Soccer World Cup to the impact of the financial crisis on business ethics. Recent contributions appear in Ogojiii, on the future of African cities, Art Africa on the second life of zombie monuments, Cityscapes exploring linkages between urban design and social change in two Cape townships; Kunstforum on urban performance in Johannesburg; Private Life on cities of the future; and Rolling Stone on South African music genre kwaito.
She is also the author of two books rooted in Johannesburg - an academic monograph, ‘The Art of Public Space’ published by Palgrave in 2015, and most recently a work of narrative nonfiction, ‘August House is Dead, Long Live August House! published by Fourthwall Books in 2017.