Katie Burford started with the Herald as a reporter in 2007 and became city editor in July 2010. She holds a master's degree in journalism from the University
of Kansas. She worked at The (McAllen) Monitor in Texas' Rio Grande Valley before moving to New Mexico to work at the Albuquerque Journal. In 2004, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teaching journalism in Chile, where she also reported for Reuters news agency. Her last stop before Durango was Mexico City, where she worked for The Associated Press as an editor for the Latin America desk.