Michelle Klampe is a writer in News and Research Communications. Her responsibilities include handling media relations and writing about news and research from the colleges of Business, Education, Liberal Arts and Public Health and Human Sciences and the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Earth, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and other marine science initiatives. Since she joined OSU in 2014, she has written about a range of OSU research and other projects, including the discovery of the mammoth bones under Reser Stadium, the Barbie doll's influence on girls' career choices, how the family dog can help boost physical activity for kids with disabilities, the right way to quit your job, the role of the American trailer park as affordable housing, and much more.
Klampe is a native Oregonian and holds a degree in journalism from the University of Portland. Her professional background is in newspaper journalism, where she wrote about K-12 and higher education, health care, business, natural disasters, local government and more for newspapers in Oregon, Indiana and California.
When she’s not working, you’ll likely find her beachcombing at the Oregon Coast, exploring the state’s back roads, looking for craft projects on Pinterest, testing new recipes in the kitchen, pulling weeds in her yard or curled up with a book. She also serves on the board of Heartland Humane Society, Benton County's non-profit animal shelter; and is co-captain of her family’s Relay for Life team, heading up logistics and serving as team photographer for the annual event benefitting the American Cancer Society.