Katie Avery was born and raised in Bakersfield. She graduated Liberty High School class of 2006. She has been working in some form of journalism for the past 10 years. It began with writing for the Renegade Rip at Bakersfield College, then moved to freelance writing, then to a local TV station. Five years ago, she moved to Portland Oregon to further her career in broadcast journalism, then returned in 2020 to bring that experience back to her hometown.